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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Being behind the wheel of the RS6 Avant, you’re under no illusion that this is a premium quality car.

Absolutely nothing about the interior of this car feels ‘budget’. It’s a blend of fine leather, carbon fibre-esque trims and sports-oriented controls.

The steering wheel is a chunky, flat-bottomed affair. Behind that lies a dash rich in graphical information, be it navigation instructions or which driving mode you’re in.

To the right, the gear lever is shaped like a golf ball and works with an assured solidity.

Behind this lie the controls for the multimedia system, which is a very intuitive bit of kit in itself. You can adjust features such as the sat-nav, the Drive Select criteria, your music collection and plenty more besides. When you press the engine start button a neat screen folds seemingly out of nowhere from above the air vents and displays all the information you need to know.

Even the pedals are sporty, with aluminium and rubber to make sure your feet don’t slip off as a critical moment.

Of course, there’s a smattering of RS badging all over the cabin, but that’s not to say you’re relentlessly assaulted with them.

There are several variables involved in the question of Audi RS6 Avant comfort levels, but some things remain constant. The sports seats are excellent, hugging occupants close and keeping them supported while being driven quickly.

You also get a huge amount of head- and leg-room, and the refinement deserves a special mention too. When driving the RS6 slowly it’s actually a fairly quiet place to be – until you put your foot down and that engine barges its way into your ear canals.

On the motorway we’d urge you to keep the RS6 in Comfort setting. We tried Dynamic under those circumstances and our teeth very nearly fell out. The ride quality in Dynamic is unbelievably poor, but such is the trade-off with a performance chassis set-up.

Even in Comfort setting you’ll notice bumps in the road you wouldn’t necessarily feel in softer cars. It’s not horrendous, but there’s certainly a feeling you’re in a performance car rather than one geared towards imperious ride quality.