First Drive: Audi A6 TDI

By Jonathan Spira on 23 November 2009
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During four days with the A6, the fuel gauge barely moved.  MER3224I consistently got 22-24 mpg in town and up to 40 mpg on the highway.

The engine’s 332 pound-feet of torque (50% more than the gasoline version) made driving (and overtaking) a pleasure.  The Audi cabin is a pleasure as well, with comfortable seats, good controls, and great visibility.

While I didn’t get a chance to test the car’s top speed (153 mph, compared to the gasoline engine’s 155 mph), I did have plenty of opportunities to test the car on a variety of roads and its road manners were exemplary.


2009 Audi A6
Base price €47,100
Drivetrain Front engine, front- or all-wheel drive
Engine 3.0-liter V-6 turbo
Max hp 233 @ 4000 rpm
Max torque (pound-feet) 332
Curb weight


Wheelbase (inches) 111.9
Length x width x height (inches) 193.5 x 73.0 x 57.4
0-60 mph (seconds) 7.1 (0-62)
City/highway fuel economy (mpg) 23.5/46.3