Review

Audi A6 Avant estate

Price  £33,955 - £58,000

Audi A6 Avant estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Comfortable on the motorway
  • Fuel-efficient diesels
  • Desirable image
Cons
  • Expensive options
  • BMW 5 Series is more fun to drive
  • Firm suspension on S line models

At a glance

The greenest
2.0 TDI 190PS Ultra SE S tronic Avant 5dr £35,485
The cheapest
2.0 TDI 190PS Ultra SE Avant 5dr £33,955
The fastest
4.0 TFSI quattro 5dr £58,000
Top of the range
4.0 TFSI quattro 5dr £58,000

"The Audi A6 Avant estate is practical, economical and fast, with enough room in the back for two adults and all their luggage."

Very few estate cars are as desirable as the Audi A6 Avant. Its handsome exterior and stunning interior combine with lightweight materials to make it the fastest yet most economical version of the Avant so far. Towards the end of 2014, Audi also tweaked the A6's design, to keep it fresh and renew its appeal among company-car and private buyers.

Inside, all models are luxurious and easy to use, with a vast array of optional extras available to create the perfect Audi A6 Avant for you. However, these add-ons are expensive and you'll need to think twice if you don't want to see the list price spiral to more than £50,000.

There's a wide range of engines on offer, too, including a twin-turbo BiTDI diesel that's fast but still highly fuel-efficient, as well as the option of quattro four-wheel drive on almost every model. As of 2014, Audi has removed the slow-selling A6 Hybrid from the range, in favour of an all-diesel line-up. If you really want a petrol-powered Audi A6, you'll need to step-up to the high-performance S6 or RS6 versions.

The Audi A6 Avant comes in three main specifications – entry-level SE, mid-range S line and top-of-the-range Black Edition, with even basic cars boasting sat-nav, leather and four-zone climate control.

This is a very practical and well-thought-out car all round, for families and anyone else who needs a large load bay in the back. The boot is brilliantly designed and generously sized.

Audi is a prestige brand, so the main competitors for the A6 Avant are the Mercedes E-Class estate and BMW 5 Series Touring. For a cheaper alternative, consider the Volvo V70 estate, which is comfortable and very safe, but isn’t as much fun to drive.

Our top recommendation is the Audi A6 Avant 2.0-litre TDI Ultra in S line specification, because it's the cheapest to run as well as having an excellent range of equipment. Just remember to test cars with and without the S line's sports suspension – some find it too firm, but Audi can replace it with standard suspension at no extra cost.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.9 / 5

The Audi A6 Ultra diesel model can return up to 64mpg, but general maintenance is pricey

Engines, drive & performance

4.5 / 5

The Audi A6 Avant is a quiet and accomplished motorway cruiser, especially on the standard suspension

Interior & comfort

4.6 / 5

Audi A6 SE models have comfortable suspension, but S line models are firm

Practicality & boot space

4.7 / 5

The Audi A6 Avant's boot is very spacious and versatile

Reliability & safety

4.1 / 5

The Audi A6 Avant uses tried-and-tested components from other models in the range

What the others say

4.3 / 5
based on 3 reviews
5 / 5
"The Audi A6 Avant is not as big as the enormous Mercedes E-Class Estate, but with 565 litres of boot space with the seats up and 1,680 litres with them down, it's got more than enough for most people."
4 / 5
"The A6 Avant now includes the Drive Select system allowing the driver to tweak the settings of the suspension and throttle response and this kit should bring this car closer to its rivals."
4 / 5
"The 2.0-litre diesel engine revs smoothly and gives the A6 Avant a decent turn of pace; it never feels remotely underpowered."

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What owners say

4.2568965517241
4.3 /5 based on 58 reviews
69%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
8 Dec 2014
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