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PROS

  • Best handling A6 Avant ever
  • Plush interior
  • Refined engines

CONS

  • Still falls short of the 5 Series when it comes to fun
  • big wheels make ride jittery

Verdict

The Audi A6 Avant has rather a lot to boast about. It's 70kgs lighter thanks to a body that's 20% aluminium, it's faster, it has fewer emissions, fuel economy has been improved partly down to the inclusion of stop/start technology, there's loads more kit and it's more refined than the previous model. Audi tells us this car, the seventh generation, handles better than the previous six. To passers-by you might consider it better looking than the rest too, but that's a moot point. The A6 Avant now includes the Drive Select system allowing the driver to tweak the settings of the suspension and throttle response and this kit should bring this car closer to its rivals. This sector is filled with class acts, however: the BMW 5 Series Touring, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Volvo V70 to name but three that all have their ace cards to play in terms of driving ability, practicality and CO2 emissions.

Engine and transmission choice

There are several engine and gearbox options for the Audi A6 Avant. Drivers who commute primarily on the motorway will probably be best choosing one of the flexible 3.0-litre TDI engines. They are more refined than the 2.0-litre TDI option and can prove more economical, as they aren’t as hard-worked on the motorway. If you want something really quick you can pick from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo BiTDI diesel or the 3.0-litre TFSI petrol engine. These options are costly to run, and road tax costs will be higher, but the fuel consumption of both engines is still reasonable. When it comes to gearboxes you’ve a choice of either manual or automatic transmissions, although the specific type of automatic gearbox you get depends on the engine you are looking at. All of the transmissions are excellent, however, but if you are considering the multitronic CVT option then it’s best coupling it to the 3.0-litre TDI diesel engine. This makes for a more relaxing and rewarding drive.

Facelift in 2014

A mild refresh was carried out in 2014 and this ushered in more efficient engines along with the cutting of the CVT gearbox from the range, replaced with a seven-speed S Tronic automatic which is far better to drive. You've got the optional of the super-efficient Ultra model too, which depending on gearbox and wheel size is capable of CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km and fuel economy of 67.3mpg on the claimed fuel economy cycle.

Options and rivals

As the SE model comes with a considerable amount of equipment there’s no great necessity to tick numerous boxes on the ever-tempting options list. Can the A6 Avant compete with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class on space? Is it a better car to drive than the BMW 5-Series Touring, or are the CO2 emissions enough to beat the Volvo? Read on for the full Audi A6 Avant review to find out…

What owners say about this car

I purchased my new Audi A6 Avant in 2015. I am a big Audi fan and this must be the... Read owner review

Solid performer all round. Exceptional motorway performance which could easily land you in jail - I am lucky enough... Read owner review

Space is goodish! As I write this (the car goes back in one week to the lease company) thank god,... Read owner review

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