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Eric's Autos: 2021 Audi A6

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What's New

The standard 2.0-liter gas engine/electric assist combination gets a little stronger this year; total horsepower is up to 261 (from 248 last year). Also, 19-inch wheels are standard on the base Premium trim, along with an integrated wireless toll payment app.

A Black Optics appearance package is also available. It bundles a 20-inch wheel/tire package with black-themed exterior and interior trim.

What's Good

The all-wheel drive-equipped A6 costs about the same (or even less) than rear-wheel drive as-they-come rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series.

It transitions from gas to electric drive without the herky-jerkyness of less sophisticated engine stop/start systems in other cars.


The flat-panel gauge cluster can display multiple screens selected by the driver.

What's Not So Good

The gas mileage benefit of the gas-electric system is negligible.

The traction advantage of standard all-wheel drive is offset to some degree by not much ground clearance (4.2 inches).


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