May 24, 2019

What we're driving: 2019 Audi A6

2019 Audi A6. Photo: Audi

I'm driving another Audi this week, downsizing from the flagship A8 to the midsize A6. The price is smaller, too: The A6 starts at $58,900, but the Prestige trim level starts at $67,100.

What's new: The A6 gets a new 3.0-liter V6 engine and a new infotainment system featuring 2 large touchscreens that operate like your smartphone.

  • Drivers can speak requests such as, "I’m cold," and the A6 will respond: "What temperature would you like to set the cabin to?"

Details: The A6 is loaded with driver-assistance technologies, all managed by a central controller that collects information from up to 24 cameras and sensors to create a digital picture of the car's surroundings.

  • Adaptive Cruise Assist is a hands-on system that handles acceleration and braking for stop-and-go-traffic and speeds up to 95 mph.
  • Audi's Pre Sense City system detects people, cyclists and other cars and will brake automatically when a collision is imminent.
  • Other technologies help with blind intersections or when backing up into crossing traffic, and warn the driver of approaching vehicles from behind before opening the door.

The bottom line: Costing far less than the $123,045 A8, Audi's midsize A6 has everything you'll want.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 65,691 — Total deaths: 30,438 — Total recoveries: 139,263.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 119,748 — Total deaths: 1,991 — Total recoveries: 921.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump is considering a quarantine on New York, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. He signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to give businesses and U.S. workers financial relief.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue a stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month and has moved its presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters that supported Trump's handling of the virus less than two weeks ago are now balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Hollywood: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to U.S. after being treated for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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