While not quite as prevalent as the Audi A4 in terms of sales, the 1998 Audi A6 provides an excellent luxury vehicle with an excellent list of standard features that can be further improved with options. The Audi A6 competes with its BMW and Mercedes-Benz counterparts. The A6 makes an admirable showing against the competition with excellent handling, performance, and luxury.
Overall, the Audi A6 shows an upgrade over the Audi A4. Both vehicles share similar styling and major body and engine options. The Audi A6, however, adds more standard features, a larger array of optional features, and a larger, roomier cabin to the already impressive A4 design. The only downside to the A6 compared to the A4 concerns the slightly worse fuel economy due to the A6’s slightly larger size.
The Audi A6 makes a good entry-level luxury vehicle. It also serves as the most logical upgrade for the A4 in the Audi fleet.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Audi A6 2.8, Audi A6 2.8 Quattro, Audi A6 2.8 Avant, Audi A6 2.8 Avant Quattro
The Avant starts as a new addition to the 1998 Audi A4 lineup, which introduces a wagon body option for the A4. The 2.8-liter, six-cylinder engine has been redesigned, raising its output by 18 horsepower. The Tiptronic automatic transmission now comes available as an option.
The Audi A6 comes in a sedan or wagon body style. Both body types feature similar styling and remain approximately the same size. The 1998 Audi A6 builds on a stretched version of the A4 body, which results in the two vehicles’ similar appearance. The longer body of the Audi A6 solves the issues found in the cramped rear seat of the Audi A4. Standard features include power windows, power locks, and power mirrors. A power moonroof remains available as an option, along with keyless entry.
The 1998 Audi A6 competes with similarly priced BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The large, spacious cabin allows the A6 to compete with its prestigious rivals. All models feature air-conditioning, dual-zone climate control, power seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, an anti-theft alarm system, and a cassette player as standard equipment. A CD player, a CD changer, heated seats, leather seating, a power sunshade, and Bose audio remain available as optional features.
Performance & Handling
The Audi A6 offers amazing performance, especially for a car that focuses primarily on luxury, not performance. The 2.8-liter, six-cylinder engine delivers 200 horsepower, which allows the 1998 Audi A6 to accelerate quickly and reach a higher top speed than normal. The handling feels similarly excellent, especially with the Quattro models, which feature all-wheel drive as a standard feature.
Dual front airbags, front side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control come standard on all A6 models. Rear side airbags remain available as an optional feature. While the list of safety features seems light compared to contemporary vehicles, the 1998 Audi A6 includes an excellent range of features for its time.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A6 front drive: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Audi A6 all-wheel drive: 15/24 mpg city/highway
Audi A6 Avant all-wheel drive: 17/22 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride
- Optional all-wheel drive
- Side airbags
- Spacious cabin
- Standard anti-lock brakes
- Good handling
- Excellent build quality
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