The 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Prestige

A review of the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Prestige Quattro - German excellence in motion

Spending a week behind the wheel of the 2012 Audi A6 Prestige 3.0 Quattro provides a great example of how well Audi has molded this roomy sedan around the driver – combining comfort and performance in a package that makes it very clear why Audi is one of the world’s leading luxury brands.

Our 2012 Audi A6 was powered by a supercharged 3.0L V6 sending 310 horsepower and 325lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via Audi’s advanced Quattro all wheel drive system coupled with an 8-speed Tiptronic (automatic) transmission. This is the top of the line drivetrain configuration for the A6 and the Prestige trimline with which our test vehicle was fitted is the range-topping option for the A6. On top of the basic features of the A6 Prestige package, our test car came with the LED headlight package and the 19” wheel sport package – which checks the majority of the boxes when building an A6 similar to this one on the internet. In short, our test car was about as loaded as the A6 can get and that was very obvious both inside and out as there is very little left to ask for from this midsized luxury sedan.

The Exterior
The outside of the 2012 Audi A6 Prestige 3.0 Quattro is classy but it achieves that look with a touch of sinister looking styling. Across the front end, the LED headlights fitted into the long, sleek lenses provide a very angry look with the front end of the hood creating a prominent brow that gives the A6 the look of scowling. When the headlights are turned off, the LED light trim that runs along the lower edge of both headlights is hard to miss in traffic as, simply put, it just looks cool. Daytime running lights are meant to draw attention and the headlights of the Audi A6 most certainly do that.

The large central grill of the A6 stretches from the hood to the bottom of the front fascia, proving plenty of room for lots of engine intake and cooling air flow with additional air intake provided by the secondary openings mounted low and to the outside of the front fascia. The central grille and outer fascia vents both sport gloss black and matte black trim for a classy yet sporty look that really works perfectly. Of course, the whole front end is punctuated by the large four-ring logo in chrome.

Along the side, the 2012 Audi A6 has a long, low design that is emphasized by the hard body line that begins at the outer edge of the headlight, running along the upper portion of the door and fading off into the taillight area out back. Unlike many performance sedans that use large, muscular wheel flares with high fenders and quarter panels, the 2012 A6 has a very “flat” overall design but – like an archer’s arrow – there is no question that this car looks fast. The smallish wheel openings are well filled by the 19” alloy wheels of the 19” wheel sport package while the blackened B pillar and C pillar both melt into the side glass to provide a sort of coupe look.

The long greenhouse of the Audi A6 flows from the hood up through the windshield with a constantly sloping roofline leading into a gently sloping rear glass that meets the trunklid at an angle that gives the A6 a very short looking trunk area. The rear end is far more angular than is the rest of the A6 with the square shaped taillights molding into the sharp outer edges of the rear fascia for a very upright look. The elevated trunklid and molder rear spoiler give the A6 a higher looking back end, bolstering the sporty design with making the car feel bulky. The back end also features a black contrasting lower portion that wraps around the polished dual exhaust tips.

The Audi brand is known for combining luxury and sportiness – a fact very well illustrated by the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Prestige with the 19” wheel package.

The Interior
As soon as you open the door of the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Prestige, you are greeted by an interior that is the ideal combination of luxury and technology. Our test car was fitted with the optional Velvet Beige interior layout that I would call a “must have” for those buying a new A6. This light brown finish is everywhere throughout the interior – from the seats to the door panels to the center console to the headliner to the carpeting. This light brown is accented by black trim on the upper door panels and dash with wood grain and satin silver accents on the doors, dash and center console.

The front seats of the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Prestige are made of soft leather with both heating and cooling options for the driver and front passenger with that similar leather echoed on the center console, the door panels, the door arm rests and across the entire rear seating area. There is tons of head room, elbow room and leg room for the driver and front passenger with similar headroom and elbow room in the back seat. If you have a very tall driver, a very tall passenger might gripe about the amount of leg room behind the driver’s seat but with the driver’s seat set to accommodate a 6’ tall driver – there is more than enough room for an adult of average height to sit comfortably in the rear seat.


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