Northwest NEWS

May 17, 1999

Features

Test Drive: 1999 Audi A6 with Quattro

Audi A6   The 1999 Audi A6 Avant is a luxurious wagon, solid with a great driving feel, plenty of power, and easy to control.

   With 200 hp, a 2.8 liter five-valve V6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission with Triptronic, and a long list of standard equipment that includes cruise control, dual power windows that defog, headlight washers, integrated front fog lights and a rear fog light, and lots more, the Audi A6 Avant just gets better the more you know about it.

   The "Quattro IV" comes on all Avants and is an all-wheel drive system that includes a torque sensing center.

   The test model came with leather seats and the Cold Weather Package that includes front and rear heated seats, a ski sack, and heated steering wheel. I could enjoy that steering wheel on every cold, rainy morning. The Warm Weather option is also available and includes manual sun screens for the rear side windows.

   I liked the look of the Avant with its smooth lines and understated wagon body.

   Audi produces three different "atmospheres" that include colors, textures, types of wood and aluminum trim, and sew patterns. My test vehicle had the "Advance" atmosphere with soft-matte walnut wood trim and earth tones named Terra Cotta. "Ambition" has dark walnut and muted colors, while "Ambiente" has lighter wood and bolder colors.

   There is plenty of room in the Avant for passengers. If desired, the rear seats fold easily and allow for more cargo.

   The tailgate opens and the 45.5-inch opening across the tailgate allows for access and use. With the rear seats folded, there is 74.2 inches of space available. The back loading sill is made of stainless steel and there is a pull-down handle on the rear hatch panel.

   The Avant has so many creature comforts that you get spoiled fast. The rear window wiper is handy for rainy days. A nice option is a removable rear-facing children's bench seat that turns the Avant into a seven-seater.

1999 Audi A6 with Quattro