The manual-shift mode came in handy a couple of times and we liked the fact that there wasn’t a long pause between gear shifts. Even though manual mode is a bit scarier at first, you’ll pick it up quickly if you stick with it, and soon you won’t want to shoot in any other mode! That model is probably worth waiting for, but for the impatient or those with smaller budgets, the A6 3.0T is already pretty close to perfection. And we know you always want the very best at the best value possible. Those worried about long-term reliability should take comfort in Kia’s continually improving reliability ratings, as well as its impressively long warranty. For 2012, Kia has restyled the Soul and given it features that make it even more competitive with the likes of the Nissan Cube and Scion xB. At this rate, we could wager a good guess that the Soul will be around for years to come.
The seventh generation of Audi’s executive sedan looks an awful lot like the previous A6, not to mention the smaller, less expensive A4. It is an all-new car, but it didn’t take the visual leap forward that some previous A6 generations or their predecessor, the 5000, did. During this series, Audi’s five-speed tiptronic automatic transmission became offered in the A6 for the first time alongside the usual five-speed manual gearbox. Even in its most aggressive SX suit, the Forte won’t deliver the kind of seat-of-your-pants cornering found in the Ford Focus or Mazda3, and its manual transmission is nowhere near as refined.
While this was impressive, the new 6-speed automatic does require a downshift or two on inclines and when passing, but it also allows for quieter, low-rpm cruising at freeway speeds. Bad business all around. » Next Page >> Please wait … Although she interviewed me and included several quotations, she missed the most important lessons of all. So let me provide them here. Is a manual important? And as a tougher estate: the Audi A6 Allroad.