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By Glen Waddington
29 September 2008 12:40
There’s an all-important headline figure for the new Audi A6 2.0TDIe, and it’s not 53.3mpg – however impressive that may be. No, of greater importance is its carbon emission figure of 139g/km, sneaking this A6 beneath the 140g/km tax barrier. Its £24,800 list price is pretty impressive, too: this is a big Audi after all, and it comes with most luxury conveniences despite its ‘e’ suffix. This is no stripped-out economy car.
Like Ford’s Econetic models and with some similar tech to BMW’s Efficient Dynamics, this car is ‘optimised’. Think longer gear ratios (by five percent), low rolling resistance tyres, an on-demand power steering pump, a decoupling alternator and a 20mm lower ride height that contributes to aerodynamics so sleek, its 0.28Cd drag factor (remember those?) matches the headline-grabbing Renault 25 of 1984. No kidding.
No, it’s a full-fat A6, but 1550kg isn’t outrageous for a car that’s physically the largest in this class. And inside you get pretty much the same equipment level as the luxo-spec SE, bar leather trim and an auto-dipping mirror. Plain cloth trim means the atmosphere is sombre rather than plush, but every surface is pleasing to eye and fingertip.
Out front (right out front – this is an Audi) is the latest common-rail diesel engine, in place of the hammery old PD unit. In ‘e’ spec it produces 134bhp, and there’s a less eco-focused 168bhp version for £25,810 if you value turbodiesel oomph more than tax- and tree-friendly emissions and economy.
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RE: Audi A6 2.0 TDIe (2008) CAR review
I'm glad Audi is doing something to help the environment. It would be a shame if this wonderful company went down all because of their cars not being efficient on gasoline.
05 October 2008 16:08
The TDIe also has improved aerodynamics, thanks to a 20mm lower ride height than other A6 models, improved suspension and special spoilers which reduce drag.
04 October 2008 06:18
I thought it would be T'Die 4! Oh, hahahahahaha ;-)
30 September 2008 04:30
When will they put this drivetrain in the Superb? The A6 and the 5 series look such a dull option compared to the interesting looking Skoda.
29 September 2008 21:58
Yawn! A very half-hearted effort. Why isnt this techonlogy standard across the range? The BMW 520d emits less CO2 and yet is significantly more powerful.
29 September 2008 14:30
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