A little more than a year ago, an oyster gray metallic Audi A6 nosed its way into our Four Seasons fleet. And we don't use the word nose loosely, because the first thing we noticed about the A6 was its front end and the gaping maw of its grille. We've applauded every successive chapter of Audi's mellifluous design language, exemplified by vehicles such as the iconic TT and the ultraluxurious A8, but this new corporate grille, which first appeared in the 2005 model year, seemed incongruous--a little bit too large and a little bit too showy for an automaker renowned for the well-proportioned, tasteful styling of its vehicles.
But after twelve months and 25,673 miles with our A6, like Professor Henry Higgins with Eliza Doolittle, we've grown accustomed to its face. In fact, the exterior styling of the redesigned A6 is one of the car's strong suits. From the trapezoidal grille to the low-slung windows, from the gracious curve of the roofline to the LED taillights, the A6 has a classy and refined look.
As with all Audis, the impeccable styling extended to the interior. A couple of people thought that the cabin didn't quite meet the bar set by previous Audis, but most of us appreciated the quality of the interior materials and the placement of the controls.... Read full article