Monday, February 17, 2014

Used Car Review - Audi A6 (1998-2005)

Love a luxury car? Myk Belmonte has one recommendation for you.

1998-2005 Audi A6

Replacing the 100 (or 5000 in the US) line of vehicles in the Audi stable is the A6. When it was replaced in 1994, it continued the platform succession starting with the C4 for the first generation model. It was renamed (basically a heavily revised C3 100) in accordance to Audi's naming policy.

Based on the Volkswagen Group C5 platform (which is also utilized by the S6, RS6, and Allroad Quattro models, incidentally based from the A6), the C5 A6 was launched to the general public in February 1997 with a Geneva Motor Show introduction the following month. New engines, top notch quality, and new body styling which resulted to a coefficient drag of 0.28 were its hallmarks. From a basic 1.8 4-cylinder to high performance V8 gasoline to a manual to an automatic with manual mode, one gets an array of choices.

While this one is noticed around the world, it was a limited sight locally no thanks to the disservice of the previous distributor. Then again, competitors from Munich and Stuttgart are much more visible. It was dropped and replaced by the C6 A6 in 2005; that year also saw the transition the distribution rights between Auto Prominence to PGA Cars, with the latter doing a better job.

Value and Costs
With competitors having their prices flirting above the P500,000 mark, the A6 is a steal for less than that. If you desire a luxury sedan from Deutschland without the worries of an older car, this is it. It will provide you the luxurious aspects of a BMW or Benz at a low price.

European cars have expensive maintenance costs, that's if you go with a rarer model. Since Audis are popular, parts are available in specialist shops. There are numerous shops catering to the European car owner that are widespread and charges low in labor. PGA Cars is more than welcome to accommodate your older A6 for them to service.

Exterior and Interior
Timeless and clean, these are the words to describe the C5 A6. You'll stare at it anytime without getting tired which is a good thing. Let's leave the paragraph short since the design speaks for itself with any drama (I'm talking to you, Bangle Butt).

Oodles of space awaits driver and passenger alike inside the A6's leather clad interior. The gadget freak in you will love this car, since it has tons of buttons and switches leading you to different functions. We love them, but make sure to read the owner's manual. When it comes to back seat space, it holds a candle especially the 5 Series is tight.

Both V6 engines in the form of the BDV 2,393cc with 170hp at 6,00rpm and 230Nm at 3,200rpm and BKH 3,123cc carrying 220hp at 6,300rpm and 300Nm at 3,200rpm are no sloutch when it comes to driving performance. With the engine offering tons of grunt, acceleration is no slouch and it comes with a relaxed personality.

Driving Impressions
Poor or smooth roads, the A6 does not fear them. When it comes to driving excitement, do not expect too much. While it is accurate in a way, this is no Bimmer since steering is dull. It may be a front wheel drive vehicle but comfort is tops.

Unlike the 5 Series or E Class, the A6 will not shout to the world "I AM RICH!". Subtle driving and comfort is the main objective without the flash and the fear of being kidnapped. You wouldn't go wrong with an A6, especially when you compare the prices.

The Good:
  • Less flashy
  • Quiet to be in
  • Comfortable
The Bad:
  • Not that fun to drive
  • Posers need not to apply
  • Feels lacking in some aspects
The Pick: 2.4 V6

Engines: 2,393cc BDV and 3,123cc BKH V6 gasoline
Power: 170hp @ 6,000rpm (2.4), 220hp @ 6,300rpm (3.2)
Torque: 230Nm @ 3,200rpm (2.4), 300Nm @ 3,200rpm (3.2)
Fuel Consumption: 5-7km/L (city), 7-9km/L (highway) (*estimated and varies)
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Suspension: Front and rear double independent wishbone

Price (New): P3,700,000-P4,300,000
Price (Now): P270,000-P400,000
Rivals: BMW 5 Series, Jaguar S Type, Mercedes Benz E Class, Volvo S80
On Sale: 1998-Early 2005

PGA Cars Mandaluyong - (02) 727-0381
Caravelle Imports (parts) - (02) 732-7753

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