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Audi A6 Avant - 2.0TDi Quattro S Line
The recent trend of new cars we have been reviewing – bar the ludicrous sports cars thrown in the mix – have been all about practicality.
The Geneva Motor Show had a glut of new crossovers and cars aimed at families. It brings healthy competition and the choice gives buyers plenty to think about.
Although we enjoy and have recommended these crossovers, we are taking our eye off the ball a bit and not singing the praises of the estate car.
Motormouths do love a big old estate – the Superb Combi is a favourite. But recently we got behind the wheel of a more premium estate and it really impressed us both.
Big is definitely beautiful in the case of the Audi’s A6 Avant, and yes, it was fully loaded in S Line trim, but it looked amazing.
The A6 Avant will change your mind on estate cars when you feast your eyes on this machine.
Audi has rich heritage when it comes to estates (avants) and this A6 version really suits being booted and suited.
And the reality is many of the latest crossovers fail to offer the boot space needed for a large family – which is exactly what you get in the A6.
There’s 565 litres with the seats in place. Fold the rear seats down and you get 1,680 litres – given the premium interior, it’s a much better option than some three-star hotels we’ve stayed in.
The interior space is much more generous, with the front-seat passengers having plenty of head and leg room, with only the middle passenger’s room in the rear being compromised by the transmission tunnel.
The 190bhp version of Audi’s excellent 2.0 diesel didn’t feel lively enough for us in the A6 Avant, it’s a better engine in the A4, but given the extra weight of the estate with Quattro, we can see where it loses a bit of pace.
For that reason, we’d be happy to sacrifice those extra horses for an ‘ultra’ version of the 2.0TDi, which can deliver more than 1,000kms to a tank of fuel and get closer to the 5.1 litres/100kms claimed Audi say this more powerful version can do.
Truth be told, we never got below the seven mark in our test.
The 190bhp 2.0 TDi was mated to a seven-speed S-tronic auto, which is smooth as silk.
The 400Nm figure gives the A6 excellent pulling power and acceleration, while not ferocious, is delivered effortlessly.
Reaching 100kph takes 7.9 seconds and it tops out at 224kph. You also have the added benefit of Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system.
Audi’s Drive Select allows you to choose between Comfort, Eco, Sport and Individual.
There was a little difference between Comfort and Sport, where the A6 firms up with heavier steering and stiffer suspension.
Our test car was the S Line model, so stiffer suspension keeps body roll in check and it can be a sporty drive when pushed hard.
We both agree that Audis look best in S Line trim, but that pushes the price up. This car starts at €57k and comes with a lot of nice toys as standard.
Climate control and heated front seats are some of the best goodies, adding S Line Black Pack (€2,890), Tech Pack (€2,480) and Marix LED lights (€1,395) push the price up quite a bit.
Our test car, with options, was a whopping €67,425. That’s a hefty price to pay, so we’d advise not to go mad on the options list.
It’s no fault of the honest estate car that crossovers and compact SUVs have taken over family motoring, but in our eyes, you get so much more from an estate.
Audi’s A6 Avant is surely one of the best looking and best driving.
If you’re in the market for a premium family car and need a little extra room, put Audi’s Avant on your wish list – like us, you’ll be well impressed.
By Paul Keown and Robbie Farrell