2010 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Quattro

I still am not sold on Audi's technology-infested cabin. Just because technology allows designers to do certain things, like pair the fan speed and temperature and HVAC to one knob, doesn't mean they should. Other quirks, like the center-console-mounted volume knob make no sense at all. Yes, there is a redundant control on the steering wheel, but, silly me, I still reach for the radio unit, since that's how every other car I've ever been in is designed. Of course, other automakers are pulling similar foolishness these days, but I somehow always expect everything to work better in an Audi just because it all looks so good.

My other complaint is with the steering. Variable resistance is fine, but not when you're in the middle of a turn, which happened to me a few times in just in the parking garage.

These complaints aside, the A6 remains a very fetching vehicle. As Rusty noted, it's not as sporting as the 5-series, but I'd add that the Audi's torquey 3.0-liter definitely feels stronger than BMW's twin-turbo unit when it comes to these heavy cars.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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