Audi A6 Avant estate - Reliability & safety

The Audi A6 Avant should be extremely safe, but not all Audi owners praise the brand

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The A6 Avant is a large and advanced model, with impressive safety kit, so it has performed very well in crash tests - although the Volvo V90, which is one of the safest cars on the road, performed ever-so-slightly better. Reliability is less well known, because the Audi uses a lot of new technology for the brand.

Audi A6 Avant reliability

Big advances in the engineering of the A6 Avant, including its mild-hybrid engines, make it hard to predict its reliability. We'll have to await customer feedback in our Driver Power survey to make a proper judgement.

The 2020 results for Britain's car brands are worth noting, though, with Audi in 21st out of 30 manufacturers - five places lower than 2019. Audi customers were more satisfied than those purchasing a BMW or Mercedes, but Volvo, Jaguar and Lexus were higher still.

Safety

A strong body structure and standard features like autonomous emergency braking mean we would've been surprised if Euro NCAP scored the A6 anything less than five stars in crash-testing. However, it's still possible to add quite a bit of optional safety kit for greater peace of mind and convenience.

The City Assist Pack provides warnings if there's a car in your blind-spot, makes it easier to pull out of junctions with poor visibility and helps prepare the car (closing windows and tightening seatbelts) if an imminent rear impact is detected. The Tour Pack brings adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition, auto-dipping headlights and lane-departure warning.

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