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2012 Audi A6 2.0 models now on sale in Australia

Audi has released the new 2012 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI and 2012 Audi A6 2.0 TDI variants in Australia. These will make up the range as the new entry-level models, and join the current 2.8 and 3.0-litre models.

2012 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI

First up is the 2012 Audi 2.0 TFSI petrol, which consists of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine developing 132kW of power and 320Nm of torque. Audi says the new Audi A6 2.0 TFSI is able to get from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds, while boasting an average fuel consumption rating of 6.4L/100km.

Standard equipment for the all-new model includes, among other things, Audi’s Drive Select driving modes which change the handling characteristics of the car, as well as stop-start technology which shuts the engine off when the car is stopped at the lights to save fuel.

2012 Audi A6 2.0 TDI

As for the new diesel variant, the 2012 Audi A6 2.0 TDI comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine developing 130kW of power and 380Nm of torque. Audi says the 2.0 TDI is able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in a slightly quicker 8.2 seconds.

Despite the new 2012 Audi A6 2.0 TDI being quicker than the TFSI version, it’s also more fuel efficient, offering an average fuel consumption rating of just 5.0L/100km. Like the TFSI, the TDI version also comes with equipment such as stop-start.

These latest models got us thinking, what is the best entry-level, petrol, large luxury German sedan on the market? Taking into account the price, specifications and performance of them all.

Here’s a quick list:

Audi A6 2.0 TFSI – 132kW/320Nm – 0-100km/h 8.3 seconds – 6.4L/100km
BWW 520i – $77,900 – 125kW/320Nm – 0-100km/h 8.0 seconds – 6.4L/100km
Mercedes-Benz E250 CGI – 150kW/310Nm – 0-100km/h 7.7 seconds – 7.2L/100km

Which would you rather?
Of course, if it were our decision, we’d take the Audi RS 6, BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG. But for the parents…

Audi A6 Manufacturer List Prices:
(MLP excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)

* Audi A6 2.0 TFSI multitronic: $77,900
* Audi A6 2.0 TDI multitronic: $78,900
* Audi A6 2.8 FSI quattro: $93,900
* Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro: $116,500
* Audi A6 3.0 TFSI quattro: $121,500

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.