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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Audi A6 Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Audi A6 Overview

A Car That Understands What Luxury Really Means

If you want to understand the design philosophy that makes an Audi an Audi, you need look no further than the A6 sedan. In the A6, you will find a performance-oriented touring car with a superbly detailed interior; you'll also find a long list of standard and optional features that is so intensive it could put some of the A6's higher-end luxury competitors to shame. The A6 offers its owners timeless Audi styling and ample power all at a very reasonable price.

Audi's mid-level offering is comfortably placed between the entry-level A4 and super-luxury A8 sedan. The A6 line offers a wide variety of models that range from understated elegance to high performance touring machine. The A6 is one of the few remaining high-end sedans that offer the option of a manual gear box—in this case a wonderfully smooth 6-speed manual— on the 2.7 T model. Even the standard Tiptronic automatic transmission allows you the ability to manually shift gears by either tapping the shift lever or using the steering-wheel-mounted up/down shift buttons. Audi has also made its multitronic continuously variable transmission standard equipment on the A6 3.0. The multitronic replaces the traditional gear-set found in a standard transmission with a mesh belt that moves between two pulleys. This design eliminates the shifting, balking and delay that sometimes slows the performance of gear-driven transmissions; it also allows the engine's peak torque and horsepower to be better utilized at all speeds.

Engine choices for the A6 also denote the car's place in the line, for example, the A6 3.0 is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine, while the A6 2.7 T uses a twin turbo V6 and the A6 4.2 has a powerful 4.2-liter V8. The aluminum 3.0-liter is an all-new engine for the A6 and it produces a very respectable 220 horsepower. The A6 3.0 is the entry-level model, though to peer inside one would never suspect so. The A6 interior is probably one of the finest examples of the union of craftsmanship, design and materials. It's no wonder GM's new president of design Bob Lutz has held Audi up as one of the benchmarks for interior design. The A6's interior is more than just wood and leather; it is detail. From the choice of stitching on the seats to the fabric and color combinations, to the shape of the knobs and switches, the A6 truly feels as though it were custom built just for you. In fact, ergonomically, the only fault we could find with the A6 interior is the placement of the digitally-controlled HVAC system, which sits low in the dash and is partially blocked by the gear selector. You'll find that even after weeks of driving the A6, it will continue to delight and entertain you with subtle little features, like the theatre-style floor lighting that slowly fades up when you enter and then fades to black after you've closed the door.

Audi believes that performance, handling and power are also important to the luxury car buyer, so each A6 model has been designed to provide an ample dose of all three, just in differing measures. The 2.7 T is the bad boy of the A6 line. Its twin turbo V6 produces 250 horsepower and when combined with the 6-speed manual transmission, can accelerate the A6 from 0-60 in six seconds flat. For those who prefer even more power with plenty of low-end torque, the A6 4.2 comes standard with a 300-horsepower V8 engine and the most extensive list of standard equipment.

Handling is as much a safety issue with Audi as it is a performance one, so all A6s feature a sophisticated four-link front suspension that virtually eliminates torque steer in the front drive models. Additional road control can be obtained by ordering the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which practically glues the A6 to the pavement. If you live where inclement weather is at all a problem, opt for the Quattro system; at less than $2000, it barely increases the overall price of the vehicle and the added measure of security it offers is priceless.

Among the many features the A6 can count as standard equipment are such mainstays as power windows with one touch up/down feature, remote keyless entry with alarm, front side-impact airbags and a side-curtain airbag that runs the length of the cabin, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, driver's information system, premium audio with cassette and in-dash CD changer, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and traction control. The list goes on and on. Fortunately for you, we have the entire options sheet on our Web site. Simply click the New Car Pricing link on this page, choose the A6 model you are interested in and then click on the Optional Equipment tab. There you will find a report builder that will allow you to check off all the options you want and it will give you a final price for each as well as a total for the car.

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