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September 29, 2013

Diesel engines proliferate, including in Audi

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But it was slick, quiet and comfortable, though with a sport-oriented stiff and sometimes punishing ride. Supportive front seats and outboard back seats coddle the vast majority of adults relatively comfortably on long trips. Forget the middle seat, however, which is a hard, narrow cushion against a giant floor hump. It’s suitable only for backpacks or watermelons.

With its 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel, the A6 registers 24/38/29 mpg on the EPA’s city/highway/combined fuel consumption cycles. That’s remarkable in a two-ton sedan.

One of the gripes at the Audi diesel symposium was that oil burners get no respect. Electrics get tax breaks, and hybrids and plug-ins often can use express lanes. Diesels must fend for themselves.

However, as Audi demonstrates, virtue eventually will be rewarded.

Comments or suggestions? Contact Frank Aukofer at driveways6@gmail.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.

2014 Audi A6 TDI four-door sedan Engine: 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel, turbocharged, 240 horsepower Transmission: Eight-speed automatic with manual shift mode and all-wheel drive Overall length: 16 feet 2 inches EPA passenger/trunk volume: 97/14 cubic feet Weight: 4,178 pounds EPA city/highway/combined fuel consumption: 24/38/29 mpg Base price, including destination charge: $58,395 Price as tested: $67,25

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