The Audi A6 Avant is a practical estate car with the contemporary style to match. The generous amount of standard tech and potent engines are an added bonus.
Packed with high-tech gadgets
Complicated infotainment system
The Audi A6 Avant is a refreshing take on a practical, family estate car. The premium, futuristic interior cabin will get a gold star from the children, while the high-tech infotainment system and strong, relaxing engines will make any journey stress-free for the lucky driver. If you’re open to alternative suggestions, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate and BMW 5 Series Touring are healthy competition.
The Avant's efficient mild-hybrid system is the unsung hero of the A6 range. Standard across the range, the hybrid system is most effective on the entry-level diesel model and helps it return a decent fuel economy of around 60 mpg.
Practicality is king in the A6 Avant thanks to its spacious cabin and luxurious boot space (565 litres). There's plenty of headroom and legroom in the front seats and more than enough shoulder and knee room for three relatively tall adults to sit in the back.
Another tick off the pre-buyer checklist is Audi's extensive safety features. You get a bunch of safety kit as standard including Audi's intuitive Parking System Plus, automatic braking and plenty of front and rear parking sensors.
In terms of styling, Audi doesn't cut corners. All the materials in the cabin feel high-quality and the infotainment system is a great bit of kit. While the standard infotainment system is good, the optional Technology Pack blows it out the water with a larger touch-screen as well as Audi's trademark Virtual Cockpit system.
Audi’s illustrious Avant A6 range starts with the ever-impressive entry-level ‘Sport’ trim. Four robust 18” ‘5-arm design’ alloy wheels provide a sturdy base, while the All-weather LED headlights produce a gleaming beacon of light fitting of Audi’s superiority. The tech-savvy A6 Avant comes with a 7.0-inch twin-touch screen infotainment system as standard which looks the part as you nestle into your twin leather seats while waiting for the state-of-the-art Parking System Plus to squeeze into a tight spot all on its own.
Clamber up the trim ladder, and the ‘S Line’ seldom disappoints. In addition to the ‘Sport’, the S Line has a number of appetizing features including the 19” ‘5-twin-spoke’ alloy wheels that look the part in contrasting grey. Further notable upgrades are the S Line’s luxury sport suspension, privacy glass and front sport seats with leather and Alcantara upholstery.
The Audi A6 Avant Black Edition is a feast for the eyes. On the outside, the 20” ‘5-V-spoke’ star design complements the futuristic matrix LED headlights and dynamic front and rear indicators. Step inside, and the first thing you touch is the glorified flat-bottomed multi-function 3-spoke leather steering wheel that paves the way for a relaxing journey.
Translated into English to read ‘head start’, Audi don’t mess about with the impressive ‘Vorsprung’ trim. The colossal 21” Sport cast aluminium wheels blend nicely with the adaptive air suspension and dynamic all-wheel steering. The panoramic glass sunroof is a classy touch, while the City Assist Pack provides a whole heap of cutting-edge safety features including pre-sense, rear and cross-traffic assist.
Forget the days of chunky, unattractive wagons and welcome to the world of sleek, premium estates. Quite fittingly, the Audi A6 Avant is part of the avant-garde posse that is revolutionising the perception of estate cars through stylish looks.
The standard 18” ‘5-arm’ design alloy wheels set the tone for a smooth drive, while the front of the car boasts the iconic Audi rings embedded into the front of the shiny grille.
The large windows surrounding the car make the A6 Avant a doodle to drive around town and the lengthy body ceases to be an issue when parking thanks to Audi’s intuitive Parking System Plus that does the hard work for you - easy peasy!
The Audi A6 Avant prides itself on delivering a relaxing driving experience, so if you’re looking for an extra dose of speed we advise you look elsewhere or opt for one of the A6 Avant’s selection of high-performance trims.
You can get the Audi A6 Avant in two petrol and two diesel engines. All engines come equipped with an automatic gearbox and an economical mild hybrid system.
The entry-level 2.0-litre 201bhp 40 TDI engine has enough gusto to cruise around town and tackles the motorway with effortless ease through its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
However, if it’s an adrenaline rush you’re seeking, you can’t bypass the 3.0-litre 282bhp 50 TDI V6 engine. You’ll be delighted to hear that it comes with a quattro four-wheel-drive system as well as a smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox. Both play a crucial role in the heightened performance of the Avant and well worth splurging out on if you’ve got a few extra bob.
In terms of petrol output - the 242bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine 45 TFSI is great if you’re sticking to shorter length journeys, but if you’re planning a John O’Groats to Lands End trip you may want to consider the mac-daddy 335bhp 3.0-litre 55 TFSI engine. With smooth acceleration and effortless speed, it really is a thrill-seeker on wheels.
The cost-effective choice lies with the 2.0-litre 40 TDI diesel engine. It may not be lightning quick, but it still reaches 0-62mph in 8.3s and manages a top speed of 149mph - not too shabby.
The notorious 3.0-litre 50 TDI V6 petrol engine is a completely different ball game. Put the foot down and you’re off like a shot - it’ll glide from 0-62mph in 5.7s and reaches a respectable top speed of 155mph.
Opt for the entry-level 2.0-litre 45 TFSI petrol engine and you’re in for a pleasant ride. Smoother and quieter than its diesel alternatives, you’ll be cheesing from ear to ear as you breeze from 0-62mph in 6.2s reaching a top speed of 155mph in the meantime. The 3.0-litre 55 TFSI V6 engine roars from 0-62 in a rapid 5.3s reaching the same top speed as its entry-level counterpart.
On the whole, the Audi A6 Avant handles precisely and reliably. It may not be built for taking on winding country bends or Monaco’s tight chicanes at speed, but the A6 Avant does excel as a high-mileage cruiser and handles the motorway with painless serenity.
However, unlike the BMW 5 Series Touring, steering feels a little vague on the entry-level 40 TDI diesel due to all the power being generated by the front-wheel-drive system. Opt for any other engine type and this isn’t an issue - Audi’s traction-enhancing quattro 4WD system is standard on all other engines available and makes for a comfortable and controlled drive.
There’s a few options when it comes to suspension types. Choose the entry-level Sport trim and the A6 Avant comes with standard suspension, whereas the S Line and Black Edition models receive the stiffer, lower sport suspension. If you’re willing to break the bank, the refined adaptive air suspension available on the range-topping Vorsprung trim is incredibly composed and measured.
If you’re regularly loading the boot with heavy items, you may want to consider the adaptive air suspension. Its self-levelling function prevents the car from pressuring the back wheels and it’ll be the first time to enjoy driving over potholes thanks to its supple control.
The standard and sport suspensions deal with potholes and speed bumps relatively well at low speeds, but the stiffer sport suspension has a tendency to jolt you around a tad more at motorway speeds.