Like Mr. Lorio, I gauged this A6 in the context of our long-departed long-term A6, and I was impressed. Audi's new 300-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 clearly has no problem propelling the A6 through town or on the interstate. As in the bodacious new Audi S4, which uses a more powerful blown 3.0-liter V-6, the supercharger isn't noisy or distracting but creates plenty of power without killing fuel economy.
Despite the extra urge, the A6 is no sports car. Handling is OK but not as precise as BMW's 5-series, and the steering is very light (it should be perfectly fine for the typical A6 owner, however). As Lorio mentioned, the earlier A6's harsh ride has been improved significantly.
Like every Audi in recent memory, this A6's cabin is wonderfully nice. Still, I must share two niggles: the front seats don't raise high enough in the front of the cushion to comfortably support my thighs, and the door armrests feel as though they're several miles from my torso. Hopefully Audi will correct these concerns with the next-generation A6, which is reportedly due in early 2011.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor