A luxury all-wheel drive, second hand ride for the Canadian winter - Metro US

A luxury all-wheel drive, second hand ride for the Canadian winter

Few vehicles can help Canadian drivers get over the winter blahs like a premium European luxury sedan equipped with All Wheel Drive (AWD). Audi is arguably the world’s leading manufacturer of premium AWD cars, and their A6 is a luxury sedan or wagon that brings decades of Quattro AWD history into the same marketplace as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series.

The last generation of Audi’s luxurious mid-range cruiser was sold in the Canadian market from 1998 to 2004.

What owners like
Last-gen A6 owners typically rave about gorgeous interiors, a smooth and comfortable driving experience, great all-weather traction, generous interior space and smooth performance.

What owners hate
Cupholders, a dated driver computer readout, and meeker-than-expected performance with the 2.8-litre engine were common complaints. The A6 is a heavy machine, too– so fuel mileage isn’t one of its strongest attributes.

Common issues
If considering a unit with the 2.7-litre turbo engine, especially with higher mileage, approach the vehicle assuming the turbochargers are worn out and need replacement. A check by a certified Audi mechanic familiar with the vehicle can prove otherwise.

The verdict
At the end of the day, a clean, well-maintained and trouble-free A6 should prove a tremendously comfortable year-round cruiser for years to come. Like many of its German competitors, it should boast solid drivetrain reliability, with most issues being electronic in nature.

As such, shoppers are advised to opt for an extended warranty where possible.

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