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Excellent
all-rounded
executive car.

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2011 3:38PM
Reviewed by: XF
Similar cars tried: Lexus GS300
Duration of car driven: More than 3 years
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The Review

*Note: The car is actually a 2.4 FSI V6. Oneshift didnt have the correct picture of the car. Here is an follow-up review to the Audi A6. The car is still working perfectly without a hitch after 4 years of ownership. Its looks are still looking fresh and timeless despite its age. Starting off with the interior: The plastics feel of high quality and the MMI (multimedia interface) display screen spices up the interior by a notch. The seats, which come standard in part-leather (full leather comes at a premium), bolster your body very well. However, the rear centre seat protrudes the passenger's back at a weird angle, just like those in the previous Mercedes E-Class. The contrasting black-with-aluminum affair is a pleasant sight to behold and exudes a proper sense of class. Talking about space, the cabin is wide and long. The generous wheelbase provides great stretching room, and the boot is really deep and wide. One of Audi's main strengths is attention to detail, and the A6 shows in areas like the rear air-con vents, which are nicely done up with chrome; unlike the E-Class and the Fiver. Coming to the drive now. The 2.4 FSI engine might be a V6, but it emits a throaty and gruff noise at low revs, which passes off like a diesel, like those in the Mercedes CDI cabs. So much for luxury, then. However, the engine has lots of go and shove across all revs, and this sometimes startles my dainty mother who prefers to drive slowly. The brakes, which are typically grabby by VW/Audi standards, would take some getting used to. Drivers new to VW/Audi (like my parents!) would jerk the brakes on their first few drives, as the brakes tend to be over-servoed at first. Get used to it, and pretty soon you'd be able to master smooth stops. This is perhaps with the safe intention of VW/Audi that the sensitive brakes would help the driver avoid rear-ending the car in front in let's say, an emergency brake manoeuvre on the highway. Wind noise is well suppressed at highway speeds, though above 140 km/h the tyre roar gets audible and intrudes into the cabin rather noticably. Having spent several long-distance trips in a Lexus GS300, I must say that the Japanese car does this job much better. The ride comes across as firm, too. While it is comfortable on the smooth roads of Singapore, the car might jolt occupants a little bit over harsh surfaces. The steering is also very light at low speeds, but weighs up considerably when the car picks up steam. It also proved to be reliable over 4 years of service. Whereas the BMW majors in driving enjoyment, and the E-Class pampers everyone in comfort, the Audi seems to take no field of perfection, but instead strikes back with pretty much everything to boot. It can do sporty well (it comes with Sport mode and shift paddles), handle tightly, yet offer a reasonably comfortable ride and surround its occupants in a wonderful interior. It is a shame that its popularity has not grown in more motorists, for this Teutonic executive sedan really has some substance to back up its style.

Strengths

Opulent cabin with excellent build quality
Capacious interior and vast boot space
High safety rating
Intuitive MMI interface
Well equipped
All-rounded characteristics
Special road presence

Weaknesses

Not as prestigious as a Mercedes E-Class
Not as engaging to drive as a BMW 5-Series
Not as refined as a Lexus GS
Firm ride
Could do with better sound insulation
Gruff engine note


Excellent,
exclusive, and a joy
to have.

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2010 10:31PM
Reviewed by: XF
Similar cars tried: Volvo S80 2.5T
Fuel consumption: 10.8 km/litre
Drive pattern: Combined.
Duration of car driven: Less than 1 month
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The Review

*Note: The one i have is the newer, 2006~onwards A6, not the old one as the picture depicted* I bought the car at 4 years old, and has owned it for about a month now. The car is fabulous! My previous car was a Volvo S60 2.0T, this A6 is large, but also easy to drive around town. Its multitronic gearbox and V6 engine is a great combination, it offers smooth and rapid responses. One small downside- as expected- is a slightly high fuel consumption. The interior is wonderful, and in my opinion, far better than the 5-Series. I chose this over the BMW and the E-Class because of 1) I disliked the BMW interior 2) I did not want to risk extensive repairs with the infamous Mercedes. The car covers expressways with much ease, and it is an excellent cruiser, with a sporting edge. What remains to be seen, however, is how it would stand up in the next few years.

Strengths

Opulent interior, eager performance, multitronic gearbox is a joy, acres of interior space, understated, good looks.

Weaknesses

Overly light steering eases drive but is short in assurance, slightly high fuel consumption.




Latest Response:


XF
Singapore
Member Offline
Responded on: 26 Dec 2010 5:24PM

BMW's iDrive only has one knob! The A6 has much much more buttons for more intuitive use. asdzds

edlaz
Singapore
Member Offline
Responded on: 24 Dec 2010 1:18PM

*Thumbs up* to the BMW interior comment. hahas! asdzds

Extraordinarily
comfy, decent and
stylish, but not at
all sporty.

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2009 9:55PM
Reviewed by: XF
Similar cars tried: -
Duration of car driven: Test Drove Once Only
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The Review

To clear the air first, this review is coming from a 14 year-old who is not old enough to drive. The car passes a good impression of good design from the exterior. Swoopy headlamps and especially Audi-like rear lamps results in a striking design. In the interior is not as appealing, however. The plastics are tacky. The controls look complicated and the fixed steering boss on the steering wheel might confuse at first, but most might get used to that soon. Citroen says the reason for that is for the driver's airbag to remain at an optimum position at all times. Equipment wise, it is relatively good. Adaptive Cornering Lights come as standard in the 2 litre version. It is safe too, scoring a maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety program. The real deal is in the superbly comfortable ride, due to its Hydractive III+ air suspension. Yes, that comes standard too. It cancels out bumps perfectly and hardly any jolts can be felt in the cabin. However, this would result in an uninvolving drive. The engine goes about its revs with a sporty note, but this can be clearly heard in the cabin. Very annoying if you want some peace and quiet, yet very suitable for a racing mood. It isn't fast and its performance best described as leisurely Resale values might be on the down side and prices are high, nearing the $100k mark. However, reliability might be questionable. One of our fellow Oneshift member posted complaints of poor reliability of his Citroen C4 Grand Picasso. Whether this would affect the C5 remains for time to tell. The money is best spent on the 2.0 model. The 3.0 V6 model is slow (0-100 takes 10 seconds) and very expensive for a C5 ($135k). Overall, the new 2008 Citroen C5 is a very convincing large Fench saloon. Its looks striking and rides like a gem. This car is recommended for people who enjoy the serenity of a great cruiser and excellent suspension, people who prefer not to engage in sporty drives and would not rather rush their cars on the road. Daring to be different? Go Citroen.

Strengths

Super comfy Hydractive III+ suspension
Stylish inside and out
Strong safety
Wide and spacious cabin

Weaknesses

Plastics as not very desirable(especially centre console)
Not sporty to drive, or fast
Even 2.0 litre versions come with Adaptive Cornering Lights


Handsome, spacious
and compact, but not
very great value and
isn't excactly
sporty.

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2009 10:03PM
Reviewed by: XF
Duration of car driven: Test Drove Once Only
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The Review

My dad test drove the B-Class, so I decided to give a review on it. The B-Class has loads of appeal. It looks sporty and sharp and has a spacious interior. Can it match its Mercedes badge for luxury? Sadly, no. For instance, the seats are half-leather and half cloth. The upholstery on the doors are also cloth, which seems rather rough to touch. The centre console has a neat design, and feels expensive. Those in the back have plenty of head and legroom, but three adults abreast will be tight. The B-Class uses CVT, so Mercedes-Benz can claim that it has seven gears. It does improve the car's economy. The ride is average, but not uncomfortable. The sound system is great, but it cannot match Volvo's Dolby Digital sound system. As I was only a passenger and I could not drive the car, I had to resort to reading reviews to gain information about the driving experience. It is generally good to drive, but not very sporty, which questions its 'Compact Sports Tourer'tag which Mercedes-Benz gives it. Despite these flaws, I still can't help but love the B-Class. Sitting at the driver's seat and clutching the steering wheel imparts a special feel to me. Perharps this is because of me being a fan of Mercedes-Benz. In terms of value, the B-Class stumbles. COming at $107,000 for the base B170, it isn't cheap, considering that rivals, the Renualt Scenic or even full-size seven seaters undercut it at $90,000 or even less. Still, some fell in love with it...

Strengths

Solid interior
Good image
Handsome looks
Spacious interior
Good stereo
Small in size

Weaknesses

Interior is not luxurious
Not really a Compact Sports Tourer
Too expensive