For the launch of the 2002 model of the Audi A6, slight modifications were made to the interior and exterior of all versions, but the big change is the addition of a new engine and a new transmission to this luxury car. Both sedan and wagon body styles are available for the 2002 Audi A6 with four different models of sedan to choose from based on engine and whether the car has front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Only one model of the 2002 Audi A6 Avant model is on offer.
Body styles: four-door sedan, five-door wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 2.7-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission, five-speed manual, six-speed manual, five-speed automatic Tiptronic
Models: Audi A6 3.0, Audi A6 3.0 Quattro, Audi A6 2.7T Quattro, Audi A6 4.2 Quattro, Audi A6 Avant 3.0 Quattro
The major change with the new 2002 Audi A6 models is the upgraded engine found in the base model. The 2.8-liter V-6 found in the previous year’s model has been replaced with a three-liter V-6 that is not only more powerful, but also lighter than the previous version’s engine. Another new addition to the drivetrain is a continuously variable transmission is standard for the front-wheel drive 3.0 version of the 2002 Audi A6 only. This transmission is a gearless transmission that changes through a range of gears to optimize performance as well as provide the best gas mileage for the vehicle.
As well as changes under the hood, stylist changes have been made to the interior and exterior of the cars. Dual exhaust pipes, redesigned headlights and taillights, and new body paint colors round out the changes to the exterior. Additional standard and optional features have been included for the interior of the 2002 Audi A6.
The style of the 2002 Audi A6, whether the sedan or wagon, is distinct as being created by Audi. The lines of both vehicles give all models of the 2002 Audi A6 a muscular and aggressive feel. All models are equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels to round out the athletic, yet classy, feel of this luxury car. With the addition of a Sports Package, 17-inch wheels are included.
The interior of the 2002 Audi A6 is all about comfort and luxury. Three different interior packages provide differences in seat upholstery, and color and type of wood and aluminum trim to provide a different textural atmosphere within the cabin. An in-dash CD changer is now standard in all models, as are power front seats and red backlit instruments. Both the front and rear seats provide more than ample head and leg room for passengers without detracting from the cargo area. The sedan models have a large trunk space, while the cargo area of the wagon will rival that found in some smaller SUVs, particularly if the rear seats are folded down.
Performance & Handling
The base model of the sedan and the Avant wagon are both equipped with the new three-liter V-6 engine that provides 220 horsepower. In the sedan, it is coupled with the new continuously variable transmission, while the Avant wagon contains the five-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission. The 2002 Audi A6 2.7T has a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 engine that provides 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The 4.2 sedan has a 4.2-liter V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission that has a power output of 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
The soft suspension and responsive steering make driving and handling of the 2002 Audi A6 enjoyable. All engines are powerful, although a little slow off the line. They do continue to gather speed quickly and make maneuvering on the highway more than adequate. The improved thickness of the glass and seals has reduced road and wind noise further, making this a quiet and smooth ride for all passengers.
Anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and an antiskid system are standard on all models of the 2002 Audi A6. An electronic stability program is standard for all sedans and optional for the Avant wagon. Rear airbags are optional for all models of the 2002 Audi A6. The Quattro all-wheel drive is standard on all models except the base 3.0 version. This system constantly monitors and adjusts grip for all four tires to ensure the most adhesion between the car and the road.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A6 3.0: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Audi A6 Quattro (3.0 / 3.0 Avant / 4.2): 15/23 mpg city/highway
Audi A6 2.7T Quattro: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Range of engine choices
- Roomy interior and cargo area
- All-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Poor gas mileage
- Some controls difficult to use
Midsize luxury sedan where driving comfort is supreme.
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