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The midsize 2009 Audi A6 is the ideal vehicle for the socially mobile family in need of generous interior space and all-wheel-drive capability, but not at all interested in an SUV. Offered in both sedan and wagon (known as the Avant) forms, the A6 combines traditional Audi styling, luxury and performance with the sure-footedness of quattro all-wheel drive. Larger than the A4, but not as bulky (or expensive) as the A8, the A6 offers a range of models and features with broad appeal to the premium midsize luxury sedan buyer.
If you're in the market for a premium sedan whose road manners are as smart as its styling and price, the 2009 Audi A6 should be on your list. Those who live in foul-weather regions will appreciate the impressive capabilities afforded by the A6's quattro all-wheel drive.
If you prefer simple controls and easy-to-understand components, the A6's high-tech interior may be a bit overwhelming. If you're a driving enthusiast, the lack of a manual transmission option could be a turn-off.
A new, 300-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter gasoline injection engine is added to the lineup, as is a revised quattro all-wheel drive system with a 40/60 rear bias. Also new are optional LED driving lights, push button start/stop ignition, revised front and rear fascia and improvements to the car's steering and suspension settings.
Driving Impressions In the 2009 Audi A6, supreme confidence on both expressways and winding roads is markedly enhanced by the sure-footed feel of quattro all-wheel drive. Acceleration is quite satisfying with the...V6 and the automatic transmission responds effectively. No, it's not a powerhouse, but few drivers really need the V8's extra horses. A nice compromise between the two is the all-new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that develops 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Only if you get a thrill from lunging, full-throttle takeoffs would the V8 be a better bet. Overall, the A6 experience falls just a little short of serene – mainly because the ride can get bouncy on washboard-stiff surfaces and through harsher bumps, though the suspension reacts rapidly.
Quattro All-Wheel Drive
For negotiating curvy canyons or snowy streets, Audi's famed quattro all-wheel-drive system gives the A6 a real advantage.
Multi Media Interface
Although it subjects its operator to a learning curve, Audi's MMI system is a sleek solution for the control of in-cabin technology.
From the driver's seat, the A6 comes across as one serious sedan. Leather surfaces are inviting, though seats are on the firm side. They're satisfying for long-term touring, however, with helpful but not intrusive support and bolstering. Backseat riders get plenty of headroom and knee space, but the center passenger must suffer the indignity of a stiff perch and a high floor hump. Fully calibrated gauges are especially easy to read, though the MMI (Multi Media Interface) control can be a handful. Don't expect an unobstructed view over the left shoulder, but visibility is good otherwise. An electronic dashboard button opens a glove box that is short on space.Exterior
The new look of Audi is evident across the A6 body. Up front, a bold trapezoidal grille – tall and split into two elements – is flanked by sleek xenon headlamps and available LED daytime running lights; LEDs also comprise the rear taillights. Designer Achim Badstubner says it's the kind of dramatic front end that promises "overtaking prestige on the Autobahn," informing drivers who see it coming in the rearview mirror that a serious machine is on its way.
Even in its most basic form, the A6 feels loaded to the brim. Standard features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), front and rear fog lights, front and rear head-curtain airbags, 8-way power driver and passenger seats with four-way power lumbar, leather seating, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with touch controls, one touch up/down windows, cruise control, power trunk release, 10-speaker sound system with six-disc CD/MP3 changer and iPod integration system. Also standard is a power sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. The 3.0T adds a supercharged engine, quattro all-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels, while the V8 models get heated front seats, Bose audio, power adjustable steering column and bi-xenon adaptive head lamps.
Options vary by trim and include such fine features as bi-xenon headlamps, Bose audio, Audi Side Assist lane change assist and 18-or 19-inch wheels. The Cold Weather package includes heated seats (front and rear) and a heated steering wheel. DVD navigation, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera are also available.
While the 3.2-liter V6 is more than sufficient to move the A6, the few extra dollars spent on the 3.0-liter supercharged engine is probably well worth it. It's simply a matter of how quickly you wish to be moved. The 3.2-liter V6 is smooth, quiet and refined, delivering excellent low-end torque for quick starts, as well as respectable highway fuel economy. The V8 turns the A6 from quick to remarkably quick, but you'll pay a premium at both the dealership and the gas pump.
255 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
243 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (FWD), 17/25 (AWD)
3.0-liter V6, supercharged
300 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26
350 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
325 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23
By joeheinz57 on Monday, February 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Cons: "Expensive to repair"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I loved my 2005 Audi A6 and then the valves supposedly went. I say supposedly becasue there is still a thought that the time chain should have been look at instead. Still not sure since I need to get a second opinion also, the leather seemed to crack all over and I owned the car from day one."
By cptsource on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great smooth ride,excellent with snows"
Cons: "Way too many problems for $48,000 car"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"Always serviced at Audi!! 14 months after owning this car the leather seats began to crack, by this time I had replaced two or 3 window switches, at 52,000 miles it needed a transmission Audi US, not dealer paid 1/2 so my share was $3500. Replaced a few more window switches. Sometimes window would not roll up. At 105,000 miles was told I needed new valve stem sensors for $1100.00 Rode around with bad valve stems, got a flat bought all new snow tires ($1200) at 114,000 miles and got Valve stems replaced, worked for 7 miles. (Only work not done at Audi) Now car does not always start, it let me down 3 out of 5 times gives me error message "take weight off steering" not in the manual and two Audi dealers never heard of the message. Love the car loved the ride just not 100% not dependable at this age. Going to trade it in, will get poor trade in because of valve stem problem and not sure if it will start. 116,000 Miles Bye Bye Audi. Back to Volvo!"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By larsnj on Saturday, January 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Powerful car, stands the test of time"
Cons: "Service costs on this car are higher than standard"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Best car I have ever owned. Bought it new in late 2004 and this car has been fantastic. Has many very amazing options that you still don't find on cars today. Love this car and think it is a fantastic value."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By martinchristopher26 on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "performance, handling, comfort, attentiontodetail"
Cons: "dashboard user interface is over complicated"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned the A6 3.0T for about 2 months now and so far I have been very pleased. The handling and performance is unbelievable. The attention to detail with little comforts is what really makes it a luxury sport sedan. (lighting, locking, temp control, refined quality) I had two Hondas previous to the switch to Audi. The room and comfort in the A6 makes the car perfect for passenger and driver comfort. My only complaint in comparison to the Hondas is the user interface with controlling the stereo, gps, cruise control etc. The Audi has a learning curve where as the Hondas system is much more user friendly. Hondas UI is also integrated with the steering wheel controls a lot better. You never have to take your hands off the wheels for controlling stereo, gps or cruise control. The Audi has a separate button for everything and you have to initially hunt for it and take your hands off the wheel. Other than that though it out performs the Honda equivalents in every other way. The handling alone is something you just have to go test drive to understand. The car just feels amazing in your hands while remaining comfortable for all passengers and then tons of easy power."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Project Pat on Thursday, November 14, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, not as expensive as you think"
Cons: "Must use premium gas, only about 450 mi. on 1 tank"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"While 4.2L v8s seem a little impractical for sedans in the world of high gas prices, this car surprisingly gets good mileage for a v8. Despite what the internet says or the books, I have been getting about 25+-2 mpg HWY and about 20+-2 MPG city which is pretty good for a v8. Put it into sport mode and you'll forget it's a 4 door sedan and will be quite pleased with the pickup. The power isn't bad either, beating my father's 2010 F-150 by about 5 more horses! Audi is known for quality and this A6 is no exception. Don't let the age fool you, it maintains its value quite well and the technology is always very impressive. Quite easy and inexpensive to work on I might add. It was harder to work on a Ford Ranger we have and comparable parts are cheaper. Foreign cars are not always harder and more expensive, I believe that is just a misconception, unfortunately, or a thing of the past. I just recently changed the coil packs and spark plugs on mine in about 1.5 hours. Costing me about $180 for 8 spark plugs and 8 coil packs. The only major and expensive repair I had to do was get an oil leak fixed and those cars are known for that. Another thing is that the adaptive headlights no longer work, which I don't really care about since I bought it used, but I was quoted about $900 to repair. No big deal though as people, including myself, have been driving with out this added luxury for decades and the headlights work fine still. Other than that, I plan on keeping this car until well passed 200,000 miles! All in all if you take care of this car, it will take care of you. Use synthetic oil, premium gas with cleaner every once in a while, regular tune ups etc. P.S plenty of room. Trunk space is with out equal and there is room for 2 adult men and a car seat in the back (trust me I've done it) with plenty of leg room."
8 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Hibachi33 on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Beautiful lines, quiet, smooth ride, interior"
Cons: "Repair costs high, cup holders, reliability"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have owned this car for over a year. I drive about 100 miles a day. Car is very quiet. Handles extremely well. Nicely equipped inside. Could use better cup holders. Beautiful looking vehicle. Engine and transmission have plenty of torque and power. Repair costs are typically expensive. Kind of a nice entry level executive car that has some performance in it as well."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful