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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 27th 2009
6— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 27, 2009 Audi on a winning formula small torque Audi A6 TFSI email@example.com with KEITH DIDHAM When it comes to playing the num- bers, six has become a powerful figure for Audi. sales race this year, helped by offering an almost royal flush of interesting and refreshed models, from the baby A3 to the mid-sized A4 and A5, and the prestige entries, theA6 and A8. A The A6 is the one that has, with this latest version at least, given Audi added firepower to finally turn buyers away from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus. To succeed in the cutthroat luxury car market you of course need the badge of hon- our but also a full kit of electronic toys and gadgets. AnAudi badgemaynot have the same pull as its German rivals, but theA6 does have an important marketing edge — LTERNATIVE Ger- man brand Audi has been one of the real stars in the the existing all-wheel drive traction is now paired with a new and excellent direct petrol injected supercharged V6. The A6 already had the key building blocks to be awinner: a stylish design, wrapped around a plush and comfort- able cabin which can seat four in a high level of comfort. It now steps up a level, with power and performance thanks to the marriage of the supercharged motor and reas- suring grip from Audi’s Quat- tro all-wheel drive system with a 60:40 bias towards the rear. Is the new A6 a quantum leap above say aBMW5 Series or Benz ageing E-Class? Prob- ably not but the A6 puts Audi on more of a level playing field; enough for its rivals to be wary. The A6’s classic styling, with its distinctive ‘‘bulls horn’’ MARKETING EDGE: The 2009 Audi A6 3.0-litre quattro sedan and interior, inset. daytime running lights, is not as hard edged andsporty as the 5 Series but not as soft as the E-Class, so it comfortably sits in middle ground. The options list is long and extensive—it can be kitted out with enough bling to allow an owner to brag for weeks. But aword of warning if you are shopping for an Audi, BMW or Benz: you need to study carefully at what is or isn’t fitted as standard equip- ment. Audi’s test car, naturally, came fully loaded and some of the stuff (although not unique to Audi) I really liked: you don’t need to use the key to unlock the doors or fire up the engine — providing you keep the transponder in your pock- et. Touch the door handles and the doors unlock almost magi- cally; push the button marked start (obviously) and the V6 fires into life. Even the park brake is elec- tronic, a rear view camera (optional) makes backing a breeze and the central console mounted command system is reasonably logical in the way you can flip from following a street map on the navigation screen to changing stations the audio system. There are some expected items missing from the stan- dard equipment list however. Leather seats are plush and comfortable but on a bitterly coldwinter’smorningyoulong for seat warmers. OK, so I’m getting old and soft. And there’s no TV, trick rear view camera, adaptive lights, adap- tive cruise control, or sunroof. The test car came with Audi’s ‘‘comfort package ($4000)’’ which adds electric sunroof, parking system, mu- sic interface and smart lock- ing. It also had the S line sports package which lowered the suspension. What you do get for your money is 18-inch alloys, elec- trics for doors, windows and mirrors, a full-sized spare, full raft of safety equipment, cruise control and basic park assist. Howmuch: $112,500 plus on-road costs Under the bonnet: Supercharged V6;213kW @4840rpm;420Nm torque from2500rpm Fuel consumption: 14.4l/100km (9.5l/100km claimed) For: All-wheel drive, sweet engine, comfortable Against: Toomanyextra- cost options on the road IT’S been about 60 years since Audi fitted a super- charger instead of a tur- bocharger to its engine. The supercharger has been neatly slotted be- tween the two banks of cylinders and has trans- formed the A6. Plant your foot and there’s a bit of hesitation but then the saloon really delivers. It’s not explosive, but the delivery of power and torque comes on strong and long and the six- speed sequential gearbox is well matched to this engine. All-wheel drive means the Audi has tenacious grip although it feels a little unsteady under high-speed cornering loads. Claimed accelera- tion is 5.9 seconds over zero to 100km/h. 2006 ‘Series 2’ 380 and 380SX Sedans Better built, better backed 2006 Series 2 Mitsubishi 380 sedan 2 • 4 airbags (front and side) • Climate control air conditioning • Remote keyless entry and alarm • Antilock brakes • • • • • • • • • Immobiliser • Cruise control • Independent rear suspension • Electronic brake distribution • Electric driver’s seat Includes balance of 5 year factory warranty In o A In o FREE Chocolates! Experience the grace and poise of this terrific marque. Just test drive any Mitsubishi 380 this weekend and we’ll give you a FREE BOX OF CADBURY CHOCOLATES, obligation free! 06 Accent Sedans • Perfect size • Roomy boot • 1.6L 4cyl autos and 5 spd manuals • Antilock brakes • Air cond • CD • Remote keyless entry + immob • Pwr wind • Beautiful embience • Photo depicts 380SX model • • • w Includes all the features of the 380, PLUS . . . • 17” alloys and low profile tyres • Traction control • Fog lights A 07 Suzuki Liana 5 Hatch Brilliant 5 door auto hatch • Air cond • Airbags • P/steer • Keyless entry + immob • Fog lights • ABS • Balance of factory warranty • Balance of factory Warranty Autos from $ 12,690 Manuals from $ 10,790 BALANCE OF NEW CAR WARRANTY Cnr Harrington and Bathurst Streets, Hobart. Ph 6237 1199 autorent.com.au Vehicle for illustration purposes only. Prices don’t include the 3% Government Stamp Duty and $23 transfer fee. OPEN ALL WEEKEND Just $ 14,490 Sale Price NEW CAR WARRANTY TO LATE 2011 OR 130,000 KMS $ Also includes balance of 5 year factory warranty • Electric mirrors and windows • CD and MP3 compatible • Multi-function steering wheel • Power steering • Map reading lamps • Illuminated vanity mirror • Auto dimming rear view mirror • Multi function display screen From Also available – 380SX $14,490* From • Sports seats and interior • CD – 6 disc in-dash/cabin • Chrome exhaust tip • Leather steering wheel and gear knob $16,490* 06/07 Hyundai Sonata Classy car with superior comfort and style •Super smooth 2.4L 4 cyl auto • 6 airbags – front, side and curtain • Anti-lock brakes • c/ control • alarm • immobiliser • keyless entry • all electrics • air cond. From 14,990 2016084-26 HER TZ
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