Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8
  • Expect typical Audi precision build quality
  • Mix in some amazing interior materials
  • Virtual cockpit and drive modes deliver everything you need

What you can expect is the best build quality – or at least the nicest touch points – in the business. The RS 6 Avant’s interior is closely related to the A6 Saloon's, meaning that Audi owners will feel immediately at home. The dash is dominated by a dual touchscreen set-up and a simple design that looks and feels very modern.

Existing RS 6 owners will be familiar with the Audi Drive Select button that changes suspension/drivetrain/steering characteristics, while the new configurable RS button on the wheel will be more familiar to BMW drivers. You can use this to switch between personalised driving modes, and while it's quite effective in use, it's not as nice as the M buttons in an M5. We also found sometimes it took a couple of presses to work properly.

Audi RS 6 2020 RS2 button

The old MMI system used to drive the infotainment set-up is gone, replaced by two 10.1-inch touchscreens with haptic feedback, seen as a bit of a step back for some drivers. Others find it working just find, and there's also Audi's excellent voice recognition system if you getreally frustrated by it.

You also get the huge 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display behind the wheel, of course. This features a new Performance setting with a hockey stick style rev counter, lap times and g-force readings, and lets you keep an eye on temperatures for the oil, coolant, tyres and even the differential. Just how relevant that is on the M1 is questionable, but on the right road it really delivers.

Otherwise it’s business as usual, which is an A6 Avant in top-spec form clad in Nappa leather and Alcantara, with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and tombstone style single piece backrest sports seats. Driving position and ergonomics are all excellent,

Comfort

What sets the RS 6 apart from rivals is its ability to kick back and cover motorway miles with effortless ease, particularly the air sprung car. Expect a slightly choppier ride if you spec the steel sports suspension that comes as standard on the Vorsprung car, or can be paid for on lower trims.

Audi RS 6 2020 wheel

That hugely powerful V8 is also quite minimalist in voice in the sleepier driving modes, and a wealth of low-down torque means you rarely need to stretch it to its noisier reaches during day-to-day driving. Elsewhere the RS 6 benefits from the standard car's excellently low wind noise and even roar from those massive tyres is kept at bay for the most part.

Big sports seats hold you in place excellently when driving fast but also prove comfortable on a long journey, and there's plenty of headroom in the front and rear to lend the cabin an airy feel.