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Audi A6 Avant (2018)Should you buy an Audi A6 Avant?

The A6 Avant isn’t quite as good an estate car as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate or BMW 5 Series Touring. That’s simply because the boot isn’t as large and practical as these two rivals, and that’s the main reason people buy this type of car. You need to be careful with how you spec it as well – as the air-suspended car doesn’t ride quite as comfortably as we expected. Go for steel springs but specify adaptive dampers and you’ll get an A6 that is good to drive with a safe and sturdy feel, very appealing interior and lots of gadgets.

It also makes the most sense to go for the entry-level diesel. It offers more than enough power and torque for most, and remains economical at the same time. if you need more power there are plenty of options on offer, whether you want petrol or diesel, and four- or six-cylinders. We really rate the current S6 - no longer a big noisy petrol like before but a torquey diesel, featuring a clever electric compressor that elimates any kind of lag before the turbos take over. This results in a very flexible and punchy power delivery that doesn't require you to thrash the living daylights out of in order to attain peak performance.

Inside the Audi A6 Avant there isn't much of an option to personalise the look of your car, but we don't think that's necessarily a bad thing because the design and materials used as standard are of a very high quality and attractive appearance. Some may not get on with the twin-screen touch displays that have taken the place of many physical buttons in the old car, but they certainly give the A6 Avant's dashboard a clutter-free and high-tech look and appeal, in addition to the latest in semi-autonomous driving kit.

Audi A6 Avant (2018)