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in 2010 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $21,686 - $31,979
Original MSRP: $45,200 - $59,150
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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2010 Audi A6 Interior

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While everyone expects luxurious materials and fine workmanship at this price point, the Audi cabin of the A6 stands out even among large luxury cars. Only the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes close.  Reviewers say the A6's interior is extremely well-thought-out, with comfortable seating and soft-touch materials. It has a modern appearance that sets it apart from more old-world luxury cars. However, some find Audi's electronics interface cumbersome.

  • "Exquisite materials, meticulous fit and finish and an overall attractive design. If you bought one based on its luxurious cabin alone, you wouldn't be disappointed." -- Edmunds
  • "The A6's cabins offer exceptional materials and assembly quality with an overall smart, modern ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Audi continues to produce interiors that rank among the best available in the sport-luxury realm. High-quality materials such as real wood, brushed aluminum, and Volterra leather give an air of relaxed elegance, while well-designed electronic controls mean the car's impressive performance can be tapped with minimal distractions from the dashboard." -- CNET

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Seating

The seats of the 2010 A6 are comfortable at all five positions, with particularly adjustable and well-bolstered front seats winning much praise from reviewers.

  • "The seats are supportive all around. Note that smallish door openings complicate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Our car's sport seats were very comfortable, the driving position helped by full-power adjustments, including movable lumbar support, and a power-tilting and power-telescoping wheel." -- CNET
  • "Everything is oriented around the driver." -- New Car Test Drive.

Interior Features

The A6's cabin is built of high-quality materials, with excellent fit and finish -- areas where Audi seems to earn more praise than even its luxury competition. Many reviewers comment on Audi's MMI system -- a driver interface that controls all climate and entertainment functions through a single device. It's not as difficult to learn as BMW's iDrive, but it still doesn't win many fans.

  • "All A6 sedans and Avant wagons come with the Multi Media Interface (MMI) vehicle management system, which controls entertainment, communication and optional navigation functions via a 7-inch LCD display and a mouselike controller with supporting buttons mounted on the center console. There is a steep learning curve involved, but it's much more user-friendly than BMW's iDrive system." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the electronics are improved. The A6 features the third-generation of Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI). The changes are mainly internal. For example, there are now just two control units for the MMI instead of five or more. The graphics are somewhat more sophisticated, if not outstanding. There is a new joystick on top of the controller knob to let you navigate more easily. MMI is a complex system, but we'd argue that it remains more intuitive than BMW's iDrive." -- Car and Driver
  • "Audi's MMI system generates mixed reactions from our testers. Some say it's easier to use than BMW's iDrive, others do not. Regardless, it's still a distraction versus conventional switchgear. Other controls are handy and intuitive, but the CD changer resides in the glovebox out of easy driver reach." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Most controls are satisfactory, but Audi's MMI setup is still too complicated and the display screen isn't in the driver's line of sight." -- Cars.com
  • "The optional DVD navigation system is reasonably intuitive for basic operations, but configuring the route map to display your preferred combination of services and landmarks, for example, can be time-consuming and frustrating to the uninitiated or anyone averse to reading the owner's manual." -- CNET

Cargo

The A6 offers a 15.9 cubic-foot trunk -- fairly large for this class of car, but still bested by a few competitors. Some reviewers say interior storage bins are too few and too small.

  • "Sedan trunks huge for the class, long and fairly wide. They have nonintrusive strut hinges and handy grocery-bag hooks. Rear seatbacks fold 60/40. All doors have generously sized map pockets, but interior storage is otherwise subpar." - Consumer Guide
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