WHAT IS IT?
The first embodiment of what is now the A6 Avant arrived in showrooms in 1977. Now the German firm has launched the seventh generation and is hoping it will cement its position as ‘global segment best seller’. The new model is lighter, more efficient and cleaner too.
WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET?
At present a choice of two diesel variants and one petrol. The diesels come in 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre flavours with manual or auto boxes and the option of Quattro four-wheel drive. There’s one petrol, the 3.0-litre TFSI. Soon, a bi-turbo 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine will join the range.
Excellent. Leather interior is standard, as is sat nav. Buyers also get LED headlamps, 17-inch alloys, Bluetooth and dual zone air con thrown in. The options list is plentiful too.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Competent and composed. We spent most of our time in the best-selling 2.0-litre TDI and it was swift and punchy, if a little clattery at low revs. It’s comfortable, has loads of space (1680-litres to be precise) and feels well screwed together.
WHAT DO THE PRESS THINK OF IT?
What Car? said it is ‘a smart, spacious and high-quality estate car’. Autocar said: ‘It’s not a car to blow the mind this Avant, but has an impressive overall package of abilities.’
WHAT DO WE THINK OF IT?
Audi believes 43 per cent of A6 buyers will opt for the Avant with 75 per cent of them fleet buyers. Most of these will spend their days racking up motorway miles, and for that, it’s ideal. Another competent Audi – what a surprise.