Audi A6 C7 Hybrid 2.0(A) Review
Power puff

Story and photos by Azfar Hashim
23 Oct 2012
 

Now it is Audi's turn to present a hybrid option for discerning buyers who care for the environment. Azfar Hashim finds out how it fares.

Introduction, Exterior

Looking at the exterior, there’s nothing much to give away that this is a different kind of A6.

Next to the 3.0-litre Porsche Panamera Hybrid ($357k without COE), 3.5-litre Infiniti M35h ($293k), 3.0-litre BMW ActiveHybrid 5 ($320k) and the one that began it all Lexus with its 3.5-litre GS450h ($317k), Ingolstadt’s 2.0-litre A6 Hybrid sounds the greenest in the lot.

And the cheapest one too: at $278k, with COE mind you. This ‘bargain’ should attract executives wanting something different - and green - to drive on a daily basis, or even fleet managers whose task for the next financial year is to lower petrol expenditures.

Looking at the exterior, there’s nothing much to give away that this is a different kind of A6. Look closer however, and you are sure to notice the ‘hybrid’ badges flanking both sides of the car, and also the boot. Those, and also a set of ten-spoke ‘turbine design’ 18-inch alloys wrapped in 245/45 R-18 Pirelli P-Zero rubbers on all four corners. Obviously Audi did not want any compromise on grip levels, which was why high-performance rubbers were fitted instead of low rolling resistance tyres.



 

Like BMW’s ActiveHybrid 5, this rim design is exclusive only for the hybrid variant as it was designed mainly to improve the car’s overall aerodynamics. Of course if it doesn’t tickle your fancy, there is a long list of design for you to choose from.

Besides that, the A6 Hybrid also gets for itself a pair of exhaust muffler peeking out of the rear bumper and a sunroof as standard, together with parking sensors to make parking less cumbersome. After all, measuring in at 4,915 mm long and 1,874 mm wide, it can be considered large.


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