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Eric's Autos: 2021 Audi A6

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At the Curb

One thing you don't get much of -- and can't order more of -- is trunk space.

The A6 only has 13.7 cubic feet of capacity back there, which isn't much more capacity than in some much smaller compact economy cars.

The good news -- relatively speaking -- is that the other midsize cars in this class are also lacking in this department, especially the BMW 5 Series when bought with its optional gas-electric drivetrain. The battery that comes with the deal eats up a chunk of the trunk, reducing the space to just 10 cubic feet (about the same as a Mazda Miata's trunk space) from 14.

The Benz E is also trunk-shy, with just 13.1 cubic feet of room.

The Rest

The entirely flatscreen Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster can display a variety of screens, including a Google Earth View-style 3D map that's a notch above the two-dimensional displays used in other cars. The Virtual Cockpit is complemented by a 10.1-inch secondary flatscreen that displays most of the other apps and functions.

Touch-sensitive "haptic" feedback is part of the deal.


The car also comes standard with three-zone climate control, upgradable to four zone; a panoramic sunroof; and an excellent 10-speaker stereo, which can be upgraded to 16 speakers.

Massaging seats are available, too.

The Bottom Line

If you like the idea of owning an electric car without the hassles of owning an electric car, you may want to check out Audi's solution to this problem.


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