Audi has been a dominant force in the performance car segment for decades and it plans to remain so with the help of the RS4 Avant, a no-nonsense sports wagon that should put a smile on anyone’s face.
Picking up from where its predecessors left off, the latest Audi RS 4 Avant was promised to be a much better vehicle in a every way, shape or form, and — at least on paper — that’s a promise Audi’s engineers managed to fulfill.
Let’s start with the most controversial aspect of the new Audi RS4 — its twin-turbocharged and intercooled 2.9-liter V-6. Although smaller and more muted than the previous model’s naturally aspirated V-8, the engine is smaller, lighter and has a higher output of 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft. of maximum torque available from 1900 to 5000 rpm.
That power is sent to all four wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, allowing the performance-tuned wagon to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 k/h) in just 4.1 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (241 km/h), or 174 mph (280 km/h) if you’re willing to pay extra for it.
Quite a number of those who have test driven the car have expressed amazement at the potency of the V6 and the speed at which the RS4 accelerates, with one enthusiast at stating:
“Aside from the fact that it has been downsized from a V8 to a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, Audi’s RS 4 has already proven to be one of the fastest vehicles the current market has to offer. Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting Audi to surpass its predecessors, but here we are, and it actually happened.”
Fortunately, the new RS4 has the handling chops to match its speed. Despite a not-so-svelte curb weight of 3,946 pounds (1,790 kg), it is expected to deliver clinical precision around the corners even with its regular suspension setup and 19-inch wheels. Buyers can opt for twenty-inch wheels, an adjustable suspension, dynamic steering, and ceramic brakes for an even more smile-inducing level of performance.
The new RS4 is visually differentiated from its lesser siblings with blistered fenders inspired by those of the original Quattro making it 1.2 inches wider front and rear, a rear diffuser, a roof spoiler, and two large oval tailpipes. The options list includes a Nogaro Blue exterior color that evokes the classic RS2 Avant.
The interior is the very definition of darkness, but RS-specific gauges and carbon trim contrasted by aluminum elements help brighten things up a tad bit.
While not entirely ruled out, the new Audi RS4 Avant isn’t likely to come to North America. It has a starting price of €79,800 (~ $95,674) in Germany, and £61,625 (~ $81,235) in the United Kingdom.
New, 2019 Audi A6 Avant Proves Wagons Can Be Sexy
Following the introduction of the brand-new Audi A6 sedan at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi wasted no time to the take the wraps off the Avant (wagon) version, and it looks great.
Like the sedan, the A6 Avant receives an evolutionary design with a wider grille. It looks more dynamic thanks to designers giving it more prominent wheel arches, a sportier roof line, and restyled taillights connected by a trim piece. It’s a simple and clean look that manages to ooze class.
The interior benefits form the most significant changes and borrows technology from the A7 and Audi’s flagship, the A8. The dashboard and the user interface are nearly identical to the A7’s, featuring two driver-oriented screens that run the infotainment system and a third screen for the digital instrument cluster. As with the A6, the top screen goes black to blend into the rest of the dashboard when the car turns off and turns on automatically when it detects a door open.
Geared more towards buyers that need extra space, the new A6 Avant boasts 20 cubic feet cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 59.3 cubic feet with them down. Audi claims class-leading front and rear elbow room, as well as knee room for rear seat passengers.
In Europe, the 2019 Avant will be offered with a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0-liter TDI (diesel) V6 rated at 286 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. The former is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the latter shifts through an eight-speed automatic. Both spin the four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and benefit from a standard 48-volt mild hybrid system that enhances fuel efficiency.
While its unlikely that the new, 2019 Audi A6 Avant will be offered in North America, there’s is a chance that an A6 Allroad could be offered to rival the Volvo V90 Cross Country.
New, 2019 Audi A6 Looks The Same, But A Better Car Than Before
This is the all-new, eighth generation Audi A6! At first glance, it doesn’t look that much different from its predecessor, but peeling back the skin reveals a much improved vehicle with more luxury and all the tech goodies you could want in a car.
If you fancy the latest Audi A7 but prefer more conventional sedan proportions and a trunk as oppose to a hatch, the new A6 has your name written all over it. The two models are essentially the same, featuring a design that’s more sculpted, sharper and, thus, sportier than that of their predecessors. It’s just too bad the new A6 looks very similar to the old A6.
Fortunately, the interior has been completely revamped, boasting higher quality materials, better functionality and a boatload of tech. The infotainment system and climate controls are operated via two driver-oriented screens, while a third screen replaces the analog instrument cluster. A head-up display projects important information onto the windshield.
The top screen goes black to blend into the rest of the dashboard when the car turns off and re-activates automatically when it detects a door open.
To make driving easier, the 2019 A6 offers a long list of driver assistance systems such as parking pilot and garage pilot, which autonomously maneuver the car into and out of a parking space or garage. The driver can use the myAudi app on their smartphone to activate the parking systems while out of the A6.
There is also a City assist package includes such features as crossing assist and a Tour assist package that supplements the adaptive cruise control with a light steering assist feature to keep the vehicle in lane. These new assist systems utilize a whopping five radar sensors, five cameras, twelve ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner to function.
In Europe, the 2019 Audi A6’s engine lineup includes a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 that produces 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0-liter TDI (diesel) V6 rated at 286 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. Both benefit from mild hybrid technology and a belt alternator starter (BAS) to help keep gas mileage in check.
The gasoline engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel shits through an eight-speed automatic. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system is standard.
According to Audi, drivers can expect a much sportier driving experience thanks to a new suspension and the all-wheel steering system.
The new, 2019 Audi A6 goes on sale in June 2018 after making its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Genesis Claims Top Spot From Audi In Consumer Reports Rankings
Genesis, Hyudai’s luxury brand, has entered Consumer Reports’ brand rankings with a bang, claiming the top spot from Audi. The two are the only brands to achieve ‘recommended’ ratings for every model in their respective lineups.
In all fairness, Genesis only has two models to Audi’s ten, so this isn’t exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. In fact, the mismatch makes Audi’s placing all the more impressive, with Consumer Reports stating:
“This is an especially impressive feat for Audi, which makes 10 models for the US market spanning categories from small cars to three-row SUVs. Genesis, with just two models tested, had less to get right to earn its place at the top of the list.”
BMW, Lexus and Porsche round out the top five. Kia grabbed sixth place, beating Subaru, Tesla, Honda and Toyota.
Chrysler gained the most points thanks to high road-test and reliability scores for the latest Pacifica minivan, while Buick and Acura dropped by the most due to falling reliability scores.