Double under six
drivetrain’s slingshot effect. The transmission is quick and smooth, never betraying the considerable forces being fed through it to theAWDsystem.
There’s a sports mode and paddles but the clever programming makes these surplus to requirements. The test car had the optional adaptive damping system, which delivers more options for the driver when the corners arrive, but most daily driving can be completed with relative ease in Comfort mode.
Unlike the steering, which is light but lifeless, the suspension is not completely oblivious to the road surface. Audi hasn’t made leaps forward in ride comfort terms but it’s certainly not as brittle as some predecessors. For driver involvement the four-ringed brand has built better sedans, but this one— as an all-rounder — is impeccable. It’s one of the few cars I have driven that lays claim to fuel use and 0-100km/h . . . both under six.
The claimed 5.7L is believable (the test car hovered in the sevens on the trip computer), as is the 5.9sec sprint to 100km/h, a fraction quicker than its slightly heavier ancestor.
Price is the bone of contention but this is surely one of the most capable Audis to date— frugal, comfortable, quiet and swift in an unearthly way.
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