AUDI

AUDI A6 AVANT 45 TFSI 265 Quattro Sport 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2177 g/km

Audi's much improved fifth generation A6 Avant is a large, luxurious estate that combines practicality with panache. In this form, it's even higher-tech, better finished and cleverer than before and aims to offer buyers a little more charisma and driving reward than the previous version could have. You can see why so many buyers in this segment like it.

PRACTICAL MAGIC

The beautifully finished Audi A6 Avant demonstrates that practicality needn't be prosaic. Jonathan Crouch reports on the fifth generation version.

Ten Second Review

Audi's much improved fifth generation A6 Avant is a large, luxurious estate that combines practicality with panache. In this form, it's even higher-tech, better finished and cleverer than before and aims to offer buyers a little more charisma and driving reward than the previous version could have. You can see why so many buyers in this segment like it.

Background

Audi may not be too far ahead of its arch-rival BMW in terms of overall sales but in one segment at least, the Ingolstadt maker comprehensively beats its closest rival: that of large, luxurious Executive-class estates. Their A6 Avant out-sells the rival BMW 5 Series Touring nearly two-to-one and is even further ahead of estate versions of other key segment competitors like Mercedes' E-Class and the Jaguar XF. What then, might the marque achieve with a car that's smarter, safer and clever? This one, the fifth generation A6 Avant. This isn't the biggest model in its segment but for many buyers, it offers the most complete all-round proposition in terms of model choice, practicality and technology, which explains why the other German brands take this contender so seriously. It's claimed to be the most complete large load carrier Audi has ever made. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

Audi offers this A6 Avant 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). 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'd like some light off road prowess, 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 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 swept back rear styling means, says Audi, that it won't have to produce an extra stylised large estate model like the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake. You might wonder though, whether this will impinge on practicality. Apparently not. The boot capacity with all the seats in place remains at 565-litres, aided by a boot floor length that's 27mm longer this time round and particularly wide, at 1,050mm. Drop the rear 40:20:40 split-rear bench and 1,680-litres of space can be freed up, again, the same as with the previous generation model. These figures can't match those of a rival Mercedes E-Class Estate, but Audi thinks potential executive buyers won't care, being attracted by the sleeker looks of this A6. The tailgate and luggage compartment cover open electrically as standard and of course, there's the option of doing that with a wave of your foot beneath the bumper. For passengers, the cabin is more spacious than before, with class-leading front and rear elbow room and rear knee room. Up front, the dash features the black-panel design we first saw on the current A8. As there, the centre console is directed towards the driver, as is the top MMI touch response display, which almost disappears into an aluminium clip when switched off.

Market and Model

Expect a premium of just over £2,000 to own an A6 Avant over the saloon body style. That means asking prices similar to before, starting from just over £40,000. As before, this car's three key rivals will be the Mercedes E-Class Estate, the BMW 5 Series Touring and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. You'll need to get your A6 Avant'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 the mainstream four and six cylinder engines in this fifth generation A6 Avant 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 four cylinder version manages up to 47.1mpg on the combined cycle and up to 158g/km of CO2. For the six cylinder 50 TDI quattro diesel, the figures are up to 38.7mpg and up to 192g/km of CO2. For the 2.0-litre 45 TFSI quattro four cylinder petrol version, it's up to 33.2mpg and 192g/km. and for the 55 TFSI quattro six cylinder petrol variant, it's up to 30.1mpg and up to 214g/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

This, even BMW and Mercedes would reluctantly have to admit, is a beautiful piece of engineering. It always has been. The A6 Avant was, after all, the first cars in its class to offer things like bonded-in flush glazing, a galvanised bodyshell, V6 TDI power, four wheel drive and advanced twin-clutch automatic gearboxes. And in this improved smart-suited fifth generation guise, the cleverness continues, an extra dose of visual charisma blended with high technology and premium quality unsurpassed in this sector. This car's drawbacks, such as they are, don't appear to bother many potential buyers. No it's still not the most spacious large executive estate in its class - but these days, it's large enough for that not to matter. Yes, the extras can be expensive, but then that's the case with any premium executive car. And it's true that the handling isn't especially aimed at driving enthusiasts, though you can go a long way towards sharpening it by tweaking the 'drive select' dynamic handling system or even by specifying the clever Sport differential. This then, is a very complete product that will doubtless continue as one of the leaders in its class for many years to come. A thorough case, if ever there was one, of vorsprung durch technic.

  • Rain and light sensors
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • Heat insulating glass in windshield

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

  • Front/rear floor mats

  • Standard suspension

  • Voice control system
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Bluetooth interface

  • Progressive steering
  • Audi drive select
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • Automatic start/stop system with coasting functionality
  • Power operated tailgate

  • 7" high resolution colour driver information display system
  • Service interval indicator

  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror

  • 12V Mild hybrid

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

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Radiator grille in titanium black matt, single frame in chrome and horizontal struts in matt aluminium silver
  • Matt black rear diffuser with diffuser strip and tailpipes in chrome
  • Matt black side air intake grille with inlay in matt aluminium

  • All weather LED headlights
  • LED rear lights

  • 2 zone deluxe electronic climate control

  • Tool kit and car jack
  • Luggage compartment system
  • Centre armrest matches seat colour
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • 3 spoke high multi-function leather steering wheel with shift paddles
  • Lunar silver cloth headlining
  • Leather gear knob
  • Front centre armrest
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel

  • Non smoking pack - A6
  • Technology pack - A6

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

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

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

  • Quattro on demand

  • Illuminated sun visors with vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 177

  • Engine Code: 4A5B3Y
  • 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
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 34.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.1

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 36E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 9000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 265
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Sport [Tech Pack]
  • Coin Description: TFSI 265 Quattro
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 37.7
  • Engine Power - BHP: 265
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.2
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 195
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 273
  • Engine Torque - NM: 370
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 ARM
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2110
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1467
  • Length: 4939
  • Wheelbase: 2924

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.1
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1770
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2405
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 63
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 635
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 565
  • No. of Seats: 5

  • Black carpets: £0
  • Granite grey carpet: £0
  • Pearl beige carpet: £0

  • Audi parking system plus - acoustic and visual park assist system for front and rear: Included
  • Rear view camera: Included

  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors with driver memory function and integrated LED indicators: Included

  • Aluminium fragment inlay: Included
  • Fine grain ash natural grey brown upper inlay: £350

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

  • Audi sound system: Included

  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £1,950
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Audi exclusive/customised paint: £3,000

  • Luggage compartment floor covering: Included
  • Steering wheel in granite grey: £0
  • Milano leather upholstery: £950
  • Valcona leather upholstery with front sports seats: £1,750
  • Alcantara/Leather upholstery with front sports seats: £800
  • Black steering wheel insert: £0
  • Leatherette on upper instrument panel and door shoulders: Included
  • Twin leather upholstery: Included

  • Comfort and sound pack - A6: £2,195
  • Full leather pack - A6: £1,000
  • LED Interior Ambient Lighting Pack - A6: Included
  • Extended leather pack - A6: £375
  • Storage pack - A6: £100
  • City assist pack - A6 Sport: £2,250

  • Metallic - Glacier white: £685
  • Metallic - Floret silver: £685
  • Metallic - Mythos black: £685
  • Metallic - Soho brown: £685
  • Metallic - Vesuvius grey: £685
  • Metallic - Typhoon grey: £685
  • Metallic - Firmament blue: £685

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

  • Audi Exclusive - Custom: £3,000

  • Seatbelts in Pearl beige: £0
  • Seatbelts in granite grey: £0
  • Black seatbelts: £0

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

  • Valcona leather - Black with contrast stitching + front sports seats: £1,750
  • Valcona leather - Metropole grey with contrast stitching + front sports seats: £1,750
  • Valcona leather - Okapi brown with contrast stitching + front sports seats: £1,750
  • Milano leather - Okapi brown with contrast stitching: £950
  • Twin leather - Okapi brown with contrast stitching: £0
  • Milano leather - Black with contrast stitching: £950
  • Milano leather - Pearl Beige with contrast stitching: £950
  • Twin leather - Black with contrast stitching: £0
  • Twin leather - Pearl Beige with contrast stitching: £0

  • Alcantara/leather - Black with contrast stitching + front sports seats: £800
  • Alcantara/leather - Metropole grey with contrast stitching + front sports seats: £800

  • 18" 10 Arm aero design contrasting grey partly polished alloy wheels: £250
  • 19" 5 arm dynamic design alloy wheels: £1,150
  • 18" 5 Arm design alloy wheels: Included

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

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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