The recently refreshed Audi A6 (starting at $58,900) isn’t quite as nice as the refreshed A7 with its cool Sportback rear or the A8 with all-wheel steering. But that shouldn’t deter you from taking one for a spin if you’re shopping for it’s more expensive siblings. In fact, in the bang-for-buck roundup, it’s probably the Audi sedan to buy if you’re more interested in performance over luxury.

For the performance minded, the first version of the all-wheel-drive A6 to land in the United States will sport a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 with 335 horsepower and 369 foot-pounds of torque — the same engine available in the A7. A four-cylinder version will be available later. Off the line, its quick and the torque helped when I needed to pass slower vehicles. It’s not a sports car, but it is a sedan capable of elevating your pulse in certain circumstances.

Handling is tighter than the previous A6. It tackles curves with ease, although I do wish there was a bit more feedback to the steering wheel. When not hitting switchbacks, the car produces a glossy ride while cruising through town.

The powertrain coupled with the sedan’s ride results in a spirited luxury vehicle that’s at home in the city, on the highway, navigating the back roads of Napa and even leaving from stop lights — thanks to the automaker’s continued use of hybrid tech.

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