AUDI

AUDI A6 SALOON 45 TFSI Quattro Black Edition 4dr S Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2187 g/km

This MK5 model Audi A6 trims up and sets about its rivals with a package that's based on a efficiency, technology and, yes, a bit more power. It'll have its work cut out dislodging BMW and Mercedes but it's hard not to love the care and attention that's clearly been lavished on this car.

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The Audi A6 goes from strength to strength in fifth generation form. Can it make a bid for the crown in the full-Executive segment? Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

This MK5 model Audi A6 trims up and sets about its rivals with a package that's based on a efficiency, technology and, yes, a bit more power. It'll have its work cut out dislodging BMW and Mercedes but it's hard not to love the care and attention that's clearly been lavished on this car.

Background

'A first class journey with a business class ticket': that's how Audi describes the travelling experience you'll get in this fifth generation A6 model. Basically, what the Ingolstadt brand has done here is to democratise much of the technology of its larger A8 and enveloped it into smartly proportioned new bodywork. There's certainly lots to admire here, with advanced mild hybrid drivetrains, sharper yet more comfortable suspension options, sublime cabin comfort and a high-tech all-digital MMI touch response interface. But then then exceptional technology will be needed if his Audi is to be able to face down rivals of the quality of BMW's 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class.

Driving Experience

Audi offers this A6 with a wide range of engines, mostly with the brand's latest mild hybrid tech. The range kicks off with a couple of 2.0-litre four cylinder models, the first of them being the 40 TDI diesel (with 204PS). From that point on in the range, all A6 derivatives get quattro 4WD, starting with the other four cylinder model, the petrol-powered 45 TFSI quattro (which offers 245PS). Alternatively, there's a plug-in hybrid petrol model, the A6 50 TFSIe, with a combined output of 299PS and an electric driving range when fully charged of up to 34 miles. Next up lie a couple of conventional 3.0-litre six cylinder models with mild hybrid tech, the 50 TDI quattro diesel (286PS) and the 55 TFSI quattro petrol (340PS). If you're happy with the Avant estate body shape, there's also the allroad A6 Avant model with its air suspension and raised ride height. The allroad quattro model offers buyers three engine choices; a slightly de-tuned 231PS version of the six cylinder 3.0-litre TDI diesel unit, badged '45 TDI'. And the two aforementioned six cylinder units, the 50 TDI and the 55 TFSI. At the top of the range sit two bespoke sporting models. The S6 quattro uses the 3.0-litre six cylinder TDI diesel engine in an uprated 350PS state of tune. And the top RS 6 quattro (another Avant-only variant) has a 4.0-litre TFSI twin turbo V8 with 600PS, the result being 600PS, 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, 124mph in 12 seconds and one queasy looking Labrador. As you'd expect in this segment, all A6 models are exclusively equipped with automatic transmission. That'll be a seven-speed S tronic gearbox, unless you've opted for a 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel or the RS 6 (in which case the transmission will be an 8-speed tiptronic set-up to handle the extra torque). In conjunction with the tiptronic transmission, the quattro configuration is based on the familiar self-locking centre differential format, while the S tronic transmission works with more efficient 'ultra' technology, which is capable of engaging the rear axle instantly whenever needed but decouples it during cruising to maximise efficiency. The driver can select various driving profiles via the Audi drive select system - with 'efficiency, 'comfort', 'dynamic' options, plus 'auto' if you can't make up your mind and 'individual' if you want to set your own throttle, steering and gearshift parameters.

Design and Build

The styling of this fifth generation model borrows much from its A7 Sportback and A8 executive and luxury segment stablemates. So there are taut surfaces, sharp edges and striking lines, plus a long bonnet, a long wheelbase and short overhangs. The wide, low-slung Singleframe grille, the flat headlights and the powerfully contoured air inlets lend a suitably purposeful air. In profile, three striking lines reduce the car's visual height. The powerfully taut contours, which are drawn over the wheels, are testimony to Audi's quattro genes. This shape is certainly very sleek: thanks to advanced aerodynamics, a class-leadingly-slippery drag coefficient of as little as 0.24Cd has been achieved. The interior is larger than the outgoing model. Legroom in the rear exceeds not only that predecessor design but also the space you'll get in core competitors, while headroom and shoulder room measurements in both front and rear are also more generous than previously. Up front, the dash features the black-panel design we first saw on the current A8. You're going to need to like screens because this car's classy interior can incorporate no fewer than three of them, the two you'll notice first powering up as soon as the door is opened and dominating the upper and lower parts of the piano black-trimmed centre stack. There's comfortable room for a couple of adults in the back and a 530-litre boot. If you need more, the alternative Avant estate variant offers 565-litres.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £39,000, which gets you the 2.0 TDI diesel '40 TDI' saloon; there's a £2,100 premium if you want the Avant estate bodystyle. As before, this car's three key rivals will be the Mercedes E-Class, the BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF. You'll need to get your A6's spec right. There are four suspension set-ups: the conventional steel spring suspension, the sport suspension, the suspension with damper control and the adaptive air suspension, also with controlled damping. 'Progressive steering', which becomes even quicker and more direct as the steering angle increases, is standard. And dynamic all-wheel steering can also be added to further enhance this agility. Plus you can add in various autonomous driving features. And even specify Audi's 'parking pilot' and 'garage pilot' systems that will allow you to stand outside of your A6 and remotely park it: brilliant. A sophisticated MMI navigation system comes as standard - or you can add the optional 'MMI navigation plus' set-up. This has a media hub with high speed data transfer using the LTE Advanced standard. With this more advanced infotainment package, you can further add optional modules, including two sound systems headed by the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System delivering 3D sound. Audi connect online services also provide clever 'car-to-X services' traffic sign and hazard information. They use the swarm intelligence from the Audi fleet and network the Audi A6 with its environment.

Cost of Ownership

All engines in this fifth generation new A6 feature the brand's latest mild-hybrid technology. Here a belt alternator starter (BAS) works together with a lithium-ion battery, enabling the A6 to coast at speeds of between 34mph and 99mph in the interest of fuel economy and to initiate its start-stop function earlier - at speeds of 13mph and below. The engine is restarted from standstill predictively as soon as the vehicle in front starts moving. During deceleration, the BAS recovers up to 12 kW of energy. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The volume 2.0-litre 40 TDI diesel saloon version manages 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and 146g/km of CO2. The 45 TFSI quattro petrol saloon variant delivers combined fuel economy of up to 45.3mpg (depending on wheel size and trim choice) and CO2 emissions of up to 182g/km. The 50 TDI quattro saloon delivers combined fuel economy of up to 40.4mpg, plus combined CO2 emissions of up to 183g/km. Go for the A6 50 TFSIe plug-in hybrid petrol variant and, thanks to this derivative's 29 mile WLTP-rated all-electric driving range, you can enjoy a tax-beating CO2 return that's WLTP-rated at 35g/km. We'll finish by covering the warranty. All cars in this class get three years of cover, but whereas BMW and Mercedes don't limit your mileage in this period, Audi rather meanly restricts you to 60,000 miles. Optional extra-cost packages can extend the cover to either four or five years.

Summary

Has Audi done enough with the fifth generation version of this car? Many thousands of managers who'll put many more thousands of miles under the wheels of their new A6s every month will feel so. As before, they'll value this car for its quiet, understated professionalism, further marvelling in this guise at its mind-boggling technology and rather wonderful cabin. Yes, there are perhaps more characterful cars than this smart, efficient and perfectly mannered business conveyance - perhaps even some that feel sharper at the wheel. But it's hard to think of a more complete or cost-effective choice in this sector. It's all very vorsprung durch tecknik. And at the end of a very long day, you're likely to feel that that's what really matters.

  • Privacy glass
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Electromechanical parking brake

  • S line front and rear floor mats with contrast stitching

  • Sports suspension

  • Voice control system
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)

  • Progressive steering
  • Rear view camera
  • Audi drive select
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Audi parking system plus - acoustic and visual park assist system for front and rear

  • Automatic start/stop system with coasting functionality
  • Electric boot lid release

  • 7" high resolution colour driver information display system
  • MMI navigation with MMI touch + twin touch screens 8.8" and 8.6" with haptic and acoustic feedback
  • Service interval indicator
  • Amazon alexa Integration

  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Gloss black exterior mirror housings
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors with driver memory function and integrated LED indicators

  • 12V Mild hybrid

  • Audi sound system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Audi music interface
  • USB connection
  • Auxiliary input socket

  • S Line side skirts
  • Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
  • S Line badge on front fender
  • S line air inlet design with inlay in matt aluminium
  • S line rear diffuser and grille in matt black with matt aluminium tailpipes
  • Gloss black highlights on the exterior area of the Audi Single frame
  • Gloss black highlights on the side windows trim strips
  • Gloss black highlights on the radiator grille
  • Gloss black highlights on the front and rear bumpers

  • LED signature front daytime running light
  • Signature rear LED light design
  • Headlight washers
  • Matrix LED headlights with dynamic rear indicators

  • 2 zone deluxe electronic climate control

  • Tool kit and car jack
  • Stainless steel pedals and foot rest
  • 3 Spoke flat bottom high multi-function leather steering wheels with shift paddles
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Front centre armrest
  • Leather gear knob
  • Black cloth headlining

  • LED Interior Ambient Lighting Pack - A6
  • Non smoking pack - A6

  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Audi pre-sense front
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Airbags - Front side, front and rear including head
  • Black seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats

  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear headrests
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with driver memory
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation

  • Keyless Go
  • Anti theft alarm with tow away protection
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

  • Quattro on demand

  • Illuminated sun visors with vanity mirrors

  • 20" 5 V spoke star design Audi sport cast aluminium alloy wheels in matt titanium look

  • CO2 (g/km): 155
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 187

  • Engine Code: 4A2B7YWC3
  • CC: 1984
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 33.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.4

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 9000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 245
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 38E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Black Edition
  • Coin Description: TFSI Quattro
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 245
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 180
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 273
  • Engine Torque - NM: 370
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 37.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 255/40 R20
  • Wheel Style: 5 V SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2110
  • Height: 1457
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4939
  • Wheelbase: 2924

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.1
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1695
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2310
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 63
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 615
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 530
  • No. of Seats: 5

  • Black carpets: £0

  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included

  • Fine grain ash natural grey brown upper inlay: £350
  • Matt brushed aluminium dark inlays: Included

  • 73 litre fuel tank: £115
  • 63 litre fuel tank: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Pearlescent paint: £685
  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £1,750
  • Audi exclusive/customised paint: £3,000

  • Centre armrest in rotor grey: £0
  • Centre armrest in black: £0
  • Valcona leather with contrast stitching + front sports seats with S embossing logo: £1,000
  • Leatherette on upper instrument panel and door shoulders: Included
  • Luggage compartment floor: Included
  • Alcantara/leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossed logo: Included

  • City assist pack - A6: £1,525
  • Full leather pack - A6: £1,000
  • Tour pack - A6: £1,950
  • Storage pack - A6: £100
  • Extended leather pack - A6: £375

  • Metallic - Glacier white: £685
  • Metallic - Floret silver: £685
  • Metallic - Mythos black: £685
  • Metallic - Vesuvius grey: £685
  • Metallic - Firmament blue: £685
  • Metallic - Tango red: £685

  • Pearl - Daytona grey: £685

  • Solid - Brilliant black: £0
  • Solid - Ibis white: £0

  • Audi Exclusive - Custom: £3,000

  • Electrically swivelling trailer towing hitch: £825
  • Towbar preparation: Included

  • Valcona leather - Anthracite with contrast stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo: £1,000
  • Valcona leather - Rock grey with contrast stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo: £1,000

  • Alcantara/leather - Black with rock grey contrast stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo: £0
  • Alcantara/leather - Rock grey with anthracite contrast stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo: £0

  • Space saver spare wheel: £190
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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