The 1996 A6 is an executive sedan and station wagon manufactured by the prestigious German carmaker, Audi. Introduced in 1994 as a replacement for the Audi 100, the 1996 Audi A6 has picked up in popularity. It has an exceptional safety record when compared to its high-quality, European competitors.
Body Styles: four-door sedan, five-door station wagon (Avant)
Engines: 2.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Audi A6 2.8, Audi A6 2.8 Quattro
The 1996 Audi A6 is equipped with a new and improved traction-control system, with the introduction of Electronic Differential Locking. A major change for this model year is the removal of the manual transmission gearbox; all models of the A6 will only be fitted with an automatic transmission. Another minor change is the addition of one-touch power windows.
The 1996 Audi A6 remains unchanged from its debut year in terms of its exterior makeup, and actually looks almost identical to the last Audi 100. The main changes can be seen in the front and rear lights, chassis choice, and radiator grille design.
Both sedan and wagon versions of the 1996 Audi A6 have a wheelbase of 108.7 inches, length of 188.8 inches, and width of 71.3 inches. However, their heights differ: the sedan is 57.2 inches tall and the Avant wagon is 58.2 inches tall.
The 1996 Audi A6 has a spacious interior, offering ample room for four passengers plus a generous amount of luggage space as well. The rear bench offers enough legroom and headroom for two passengers, but it lacks the shoulder room necessary to seat three passengers comfortably.
The A6 Avant wagon has a foldable third seat, but it is intended for children only. The interior elements are of good quality, giving the cabin an atmosphere fit for a German-made executive car.
The dashboard of the 1996 Audi A6 is conveniently arranged and designed, but the automatic climate control buttons are placed too low for the driver to reach comfortably. The controls also include small buttons with obscure markings, making the system even more confusing.
The 1996 Audi A6 offers good visibility at the sides and up front. However, the rear headrests are mounted so high that it blocks the driver’s rearward visibility.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Audi A6 is only available with an overhead-cam, 2.8-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 172 horsepower (hp) and 184 lb-ft of torque. The car is only available with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The V-6 engine is smaller than most other engines with similar displacements, but it offers adequate acceleration. The engine, however, used to give better acceleration with the manual gearbox, and it will be sorely missed.
The woes of the automatic transmission do not just end with the lack of acceleration. It also tends to get stuck in higher gears than necessary to utilize the maximum power of the engine. The engine has some flaws too: it lacks power at low revs, therefore needing to be throttled heavily for good pickup.
On a positive note, the 1996 Audi A6 offers handling capabilities that can compete with the best luxury sedans. Steering response is great, and so are the brakes.
The A6 gets five-star ratings for driver and passenger safety during frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA. The car offers anti-lock brakes, driver/front passenger airbag restraints, automatic self-tensioning seat belts up front, a rear center lap safety belt with a retractor, and child-safety rear door locks.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A6: 19/25 mpg city/highway
- Responsive steering/handling
- Spacious interior and trunk
- Quattro all-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Poor ride quality
- Confusing controls
- Poor automatic transmission performance
A little overpriced, but worth every penny.
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