There was some grumbling at the Audi stand of the Detroit stand about how the new Audi A6 looks very much like the old A6. The old A6 in our garage reminds us that this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Seven years after its introduction, it's hard to point to anything particularly wrong with the car. It's true the fish-mouthed styling has all but lost its shock value, but it hardly looks unattractive. The same goes for the interior, which was so far ahead of its time that competitors still haven't been able to surpass it. The Jaguar XF may have a prettier cabin, and the new BMW 5-series may have a few more features, but no one has quite combined functionality and aesthetic appeal like Audi.
Like Evan, I'm a fan of the sport package. The A6 still doesn't turn-in as sharply as I'd like (keeping in mind this car was wearing winter tires), but once the nose gets moving, it follows your steering inputs faithfully. The 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 has my vote over the 535i's (also excellent) in-line six for the instantaneous way it responds to a jab of the throttle. It makes this big sedan feel limber and ready to pounce.
Overall, the A6 is not as emotional or invigorating to drive as an Infiniti M37 or a Jaguar XF, but it doesn't need to be. The A6 strikes a nice balance between performance and comfort, style and conservativeness. No reason the new one shouldn't follow the same path.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor