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Audi A6 Avant estate (2011-2018) - Practicality & boot space

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

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The A6 Avant is almost five metres long – about the same as the BMW 5 Series Touring. If you think you’ll struggle to fit that into the average parking spot with kids screaming in the back, consider Audi’s parking system, which uses audio alarms to help guide you in. You can also get parking assistance that actively controls the steering for you.

Audi A6 Avant interior space & storage

The current Audi A6 Avant is wider yet shorter than the previous model, but there’s actually more space in the back for two tall adults to sit comfortably. Rear headroom is good – better than the A6 saloon, in fact. Space up front is plentiful all-round.

Be aware that if you want to fit three people in the back, the middle-seat passenger has to straddle a large bump in the floor, leaving little room for their feet. If you need to fit child seats, the A6 Avant provides ISOFIX mounts.

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The A6 Avant is not short of cubbies for storing everyday items in. It has a lidded storage area between the two front seats, cup-holders, a decent-sized glovebox and good door bins.

Boot space

The boot offers 565 litres of space, which expands to a generous 1,680 litres when the split-folding rear seats are dropped down flat – a simple and painless process.

That's a little bit more capacity than the BMW 5 Series Touring offers, but it lags behind the massive boot in the Mercedes E-Class Estate, which can hold 1,950 litres with the seats down.

The A6’s boot does have a nice wide and low opening for easy loading – there’s almost no lip to lift heavy things over. It also boasts an automatic bootlid that opens when you wave your foot underneath the rear bumper. In addition, you get straps and lashing points that make it even more flexible when carrying smaller loose loads, such as shopping bags.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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