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2000 Audi A6

  • 2000 Audi A6 Avant Wagon

    Avant Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/207
    • ENGINE
      2.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $36,900
  • 2000 Audi A6 Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/207
    • ENGINE
      2.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $33,950
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2000 Audi A6 Review

Stands on its own against BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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Overview

The 2000 Audi A6 is an executive sedan and wagon manufactured by Germany-based Audi. The car debuted in 1997 and it has gained commercial and critical success over the years. The 2000 Audi A6 comes as a sedan as well as a wagon, which sells as the Avante model.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, five-door wagon
Engines: 2.8-liter V-6, 2.7-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Audi A6 2.8, Audi A6 2,8 Quattro, Audi A6 2.7T, Audi A6 4.2 Quattro, Audi A6 2.8 Avant Quattro

What's New

This production year sees the introduction of two new models of the A6. These include the 2.7T sedan and the A6 4.2. These two new models also bring new engines into the powertrain of the A6. The 2.7T model employs a turbocharged, 2.7-liter V-6, while the 4.2 has a brand-new 4.2-liter V-8. The twin-turbocharged V-6 engine delivers 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It uses two small turbochargers instead of a single large one so that more power gets drawn out of the engine.

Exterior

The 2000 Audi A6 follows the same exterior design introduced in the 1998 model, and it has aged gracefully. The smooth and flowing shape still gives an aura of luxury similar to that of the A8. The introduction of the V-8 engine this year, however, brings about some necessary changes to the exterior.

The changes to the 2000 model’s exterior include a longer hood and new front fenders that make more room in the nose for the large V-8 engine. The front fascia also sports larger headlights and a deeper grille.

The front track widens by 15 inches, and the wheel arcs also get larger to make room for the optional 17-inch and standard 16-inch wheels.

Interior

The 2000 Audi A6 sports one of the roomiest interior spaces in its class. The interior looks elegantly designed and luxuriously trimmed, with lots of space for five adults. The seas feel comfortable and supportive. The doors, dashboard, and center console get a wood trim treatment to give the interior a touch of warmth and luxury.

The A6 boasts 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which remains about average for a luxury sedan. Nevertheless, the trunk looks much larger than the claimed space, and the large opening and wide cargo floor make it easier to store larger items inside.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Audi A6 has three engines, and the trim levels of the car get their names from the engines. The A6 2.8 contains a 2.8-liter V-6 engine under the hood that delivers 200 horsepower, while the A6 2.7T uses a turbocharged, 2.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 250 horsepower. Finally, the A6 4.2 draws power from a 300-horsepower V-8 engine also used in the Audi A8.

The performances delivered by all three engines seem quite good, but they never measure up to that of their rivals. The front-drive versions of the car offer a little more acceleration than the all-wheel-drive A6s, but truthfully it makes little difference because the car still trails behind the competition.

The car steers with a little body lean, but the response remains quite firm and quick. Traction seems best in the all-wheel-drive Quattro versions, although it is still good in the front-drive versions.

Safety

The A6 comes loaded with safety features. Standard safety items include front airbags, side airbags in front, and inflatable side curtain airbags for the A6 4.2. The rear seats also offer side airbags, but this remains an optional feature.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi A6 2.7-liter V-6 with automatic: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many engine selections
  • Well-designed interior
  • Good stability and ride quality
  • Exterior finish
  • Amazing build quality

You Won't Like

  • Interior styling
  • Poor visibility from the rear
  • Confusing climate controls

Sum Up

Stands on its own against BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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