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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The A6 dashboard is more driver-focused than in previous Audis with the centre section angled towards the driver. The steering adjusts for reach and height and there is a range of adjustment for the front seats while the long cabin produces a large glass area, resulting in good all-round visibility. Everything feels well make and materials are top quality.

Even the glove compartment has a separate electronic release button on the dashboard. The A6 has what Audi calls a Multi Media Interface (MMI) as standard, through which the driver can select, activate and adjust various controls. It takes a few minutes to get used to using it, but it becomes more intuitive over time. Facelifted models (from October 2008) come with a new version of the system which is easier to operate thanks to a more intuitive ‘joystick’ control, plus the a high-tech 3D sat nav programme and a 40GB music hard drive.

Annoyingly though, the off-clutch foot rest is still very narrow and too upright to be comfortable on long journeys.

The A6 has a roomy interior, easily large enough to accommodate five adults. Air conditioning and electric windows are standard, and the Audi comes with an electronic parking brake which is activated through a switch on the centre console. Most engines are refined and make a minimal contribution to interior noise, although road volume is an issue on models with large wheels.