Last week, I was poring over the handsome exterior styling of our 2019 A6 long-term tester and it is time to do similar again only this time the focus of attention is the Audi’s beautiful cabin which sure has changed compared to the previous version.
The newly developed seats provide good levels of comfort and lateral support are wrapped in a delightful Okapi-Brown leather, while the A6 also gets a brand new dashboard and centre console and all the buttons and knobs from the outgoing car have been replaced with fancy, touch-sensitive screens (tilted towards the driver slightly to offer easier operation) replete with deep black panels to give the cabin a very high-tech look and feel – but it blends perfectly with the traditional wood paneling too.
Aside from the classy wood trim, the A6 also has plenty of aluminium in there too, but it doesn’t go overboard; Audi knows where to stop when it comes to dressing its cabins and the A6’s really gives you a sense of comfort and high quality.
The new touch panels replace the old rotary/push button controls and are brilliant; the display on top of the dash measures 10.1in (with haptic and acoustic feedback) and offers controls for the MMI navigation system (it also includes drag-and-drop functionality and the icons are configured in a tile-like layout similar to most smartphones) and just below that is an 8.6in display for the climate control along with text input and some other functions.
Our tester has the MMI navigation plus package which nets yet another screen behind the steering wheel (that’s called the Audi virtual cockpit) and measures a massive 12.3in and offers Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels and it replaces the old analogue gauges. It provides loads of info including speed and navigation instructions and is easily operated via the multifunction steering wheel where you can choose between various views.
The onboard systems can be customized to your taste (they have as many as 400 different parameters to tweak and tune!) but the real talking about the A6 is its various semi-autonomous assistance features with up to 39 of them to make your life easier and safer. In fact, the A6 – which features five visual cameras, five radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a laser scanner - sets the benchmark in the premium class in terms of comfort, convenience and safety.
The new A6 has grown by a few millimeters compared to its predecessor and it offers a tad more space inside than before; the wheelbase is 12mm longer than before and this provides 21mm more interior length – beating all other direct rivals. As for the boot, it has 530-litres of space – more than enough to accommodate several large suitcases or bags and bags of groceries.
It has a heck of a good sound system too – a Bang & Olufsen premium audio with 3D sound (it produces a total output of 1,820 watts and includes 19 loudspeakers – two of which reside in each A-pillar!) and an interior lighting package (with 30 different colours).
Two-zone automatic air conditioning comes standard but our loaded tester packs a four-zone system (available as an option) and it cools the cabin down in seconds while its powerful filter helps to neutralize allergens.
Plenty to be impressed with then however, I did notice that the seat belt alarms sounds loud and true if you have not buckled up which is good – but, if any of the doors aren’t properly closed and you drive off, you only get a solitary warning chime…