Performance isn't the only thing to get a boost. Interior luxury also jumps a few notches with new interior refinements and enhancements.

The A6's sound system has been totally overhauled with fewer buttons and a more intuitive layout to make it less complicated and easier to manage while driving. The 6-disc in-dash CD changer is a new addition which I much prefer to the previous trunk mounted option where you only change out CDs every 5 years or so.

Aluminum accents ring the revised gauges in the IP cluster and the gauges are pleasing and easy to gather information off of while driving.

For additional safety Audi now offers up to eight front and side airbags. Other safety features include optional Xenon headlights and Audi Telematics. The Telematics option rebadges GM's excellent satellite and cellular based OnStar system. Personal help is available at the touch of a button to locate an ATM or get first aid in the event of an accident.

Interior room remains the same as before. With a booster for my daughter in the middle of the back seat there was plenty of room for the three of us, but throw in two grandparents and the back quickly cramped up. Four adults would have had plenty of space in the car.

Overall the 2002 Audi A6 equipped with the 3.0-liter engine is an ideal choice for those just entering the mid-level luxury market. If you want optimal performance and economy on a budget, go for the CVT equipped car. If handling and power are more along your needs, opt for the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 or 4.2-liter V8 engine with quattro.

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