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in 2012 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $31,103 - $38,696
Original MSRP: $41,700 - $49,900
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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2012 Audi A6 Interior

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Audi has a reputation for crafting the best interiors in the business, and the 2012 Audi A6 is no exception. Reviewers say the A6 features a beautifully crafted interior design that uses premium soft-touch materials and standard leather-trimmed seating. Additionally, A6 shoppers can tailor the interior with optional wood or aluminum trim, as well as a version of Audi’s MMI user interface that transforms the A6 into a wireless hot spot.

  • "It's filled to its roof liner with innovative technologies. While not all of them are new ideas, the A6 shows the world where Audi is going with its user-friendly and comfortable interiors." -- The Detroit News 
  • "Materials so soft you could use them for a pillow. One of the best analog/digital instrument panel executions we've ever seen. Walnut wood inlays and Bang & Olufsen speaker covers that are borderline works of art." -- Motor Trend 
  • "The cabin tech is also currently unparalleled. We found a few small areas that could be improved, but no other car maker has hit so many marks." -- CNET 
  • "No car is perfect, of course, and the A6 exhibits some nagging shortcomings, including the impossible center-rear seating position. The center console, which has a connector for charging or playing music from mobile devices, is so small you can't stash an iPad. The cup holders up front are demitasse sized." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "The cabin is quiet - even at speeds of more than 100 mph, the interior seems like a sound-proof chamber." -- Road and Track 
  • "Ho hum, another gorgeous Audi interior. ... The overall vibe is richer, thanks in part to larger trim elements on the doors, dash and center console." -- Kelley Blue Book  
  • "Materials and ergonomics are exemplary." -- Autoblog 

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Seating

The 2012 A6 garners good reviewers for its spacious, comfortable front seats, although one test driver comments that the center-rear seating position looks pretty unwelcome. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard, and the driver’s seat also features four-way power lumbar adjustment.

Heated front seats are optional on 2.0T Premium and Premium Plus models and standard on all 3.0T trims. Additionally, all models can be equipped with heated rear seats. However, if you’d like ventilated front seats, they’re only available on the top-of-the-line 3.0T Prestige model.

  • "The front seats are supportive for long-distances, but they lack lateral support for spirited motoring around mountain curves. In back, there are seatbelts for three, but the A6 should be thought of as a four-passenger sedan. The center-rear position is so compromised as to be useless for anything but emergencies." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "The comfortable front seats include adjustment for seat-cushion length and four-way movable head restraints. In the rear, even six-foot passengers have adequate headroom under the sloping roof, but the seat cushion is low. Knee clearance is good, and foot room is adequate." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Inside the cabin, you’re surrounded by a well-appointed interior with new redesigned seats, and more space for rear-seat passengers." -- Road and Track 
  • "Audi claims a fraction more shoulder room front and rear, but the differences are marginal at best. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most spacious cars in the class, with ample room for a quartet of 6-footers. In this respect, the jump from A4 to A6 is both significant and welcome." -- Inside Line 

Interior Features 

The 2012 A6 carries many of the Audi A7’s styling elements and electronic features, which reviewers absolutely love. Premium Plus and Prestige-trimmed A6 models include Audi’s MMI Navigation plus and Audi Connect, which uses a SIM card in the dash to turn the A6 into a wireless hot spot that supports up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Additionally, the navigation system can use the Internet connection to display Google Earth views instead of the usual maps and graphics.

The A6 comes with a free six-month data contract so that owners can test these features, but some reviewers wonder how expensive the system’s data charges will be should owners decide to continue service after the six-month trial.

Other tech marvels include an optional 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo that pumps out 1,300 watts. Reviewers say that it’s among the best sound systems available.

  • "The wood-grain trim comes in two versions, one glossy and the other a rougher, more realistic wood feel. I have never gotten excited over veneers before, but this trim is unmatched on any production vehicle. It really might be from the future." -- The Detroit News 
  • "Audi's routing algorithm (navigation) does not do a very good job of avoiding traffic jams. Only the top trim level offers branded audio systems." -- CNET 
  • "Like most new cars these days - even those in non-luxury categories - the new A6 carries a load of electronic wizardry. Coolest among these is the mobile hot spot. You can connect up to eight devices, including iPads, Droids and other gadgets that depend on the Internet." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
  • "For an extra $6,000-ish you get 1,300 watts of power and 15 speakers, including two retractable tweeters on the dash. That's a lot of money for good sound, but it's some of the best sound money can buy. We find the rich, clear sound more natural than some of the other high-end systems out there, many of which sound over-processed." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The highly styled and quiet-riding sedan offers so much technology that becoming familiar with all the features takes hours behind the wheel. Thankfully, the improved MMI control makes it easy to navigate most of the options." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "The A6 passed the Netflix test: In an experiment, a passenger could watch a movie streamed to an iPad over the Wi-Fi connection while driving. It took a while to get started, but then played without a hiccup at a decent resolution." -- The Seattle Times 
  • "An updatable computer chip powers the MMI, rich non-reflective VGA display with deep blacks and a myriad of functions." -- Autoblog  

Cargo

With 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2012 Audi A6 has less trunk space than other luxury large cars. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Infiniti M offer 15.9 and 14.9 cubic feet for cargo, respectively. Still, one reviewer notes that the A6’s trunk has a large opening, which should make it easy to load larger items.

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