The Audi A6 is a large, comfortable saloon with a range of high-tech hybrid engines, but it isn’t as much fun to drive as some alternatives and too many desirable features cost extra
The Audi A6 is an upmarket saloon car that makes a very comfortable, high-tech alternative to the likes of the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series. It is rather expensive, however – especially if you add on lots of optional extras.
Even without any fancy additions, the Audi A6 interior looks and feels very posh, with a slick dual-screen infotainment display as standard. It oozes quality from every pore and cocoons you in comfort, which helped it win the overall Car of the Year at the 2018 carwow awards. And, with the availability of upgrades such as air-suspension and rear-wheel steering, you really can be travelling in first class.
On top of that, the seats are supportive and have plenty of adjustment. And, there’s more than enough space to stretch out in the front, even if you’re very tall.
Room in the back seats is almost as generous, too. The new Audi A6 is more spacious inside than the old car – so two tall passengers can spread out with room to spare – but carrying three side-by-side is a bit more of a squeeze. This is because of the raised central seat and the large lump in the floor.
If you regularly carry more luggage than passengers, however, the Audi A6’s 530-litre boot will easily swallow some large suitcases or a set of golf clubs. If you ever plan to pack anything bigger, you’ll be better off with the slightly roomier E-Class – or go for the Audi A6 Avant estate instead.
The A6 comes with almost as much tech as the super-luxurious A8 but wraps it up in a more compact – and cheaper – package. What’s not to like?
Even with the boot filled to the brim, however, the Audi A6’s standard steel-spring suspension helps it iron out potholes impressively well. It’s even more comfortable at high speeds with the optional air suspension fitted, but this will set you back an extra £2,000 and doesn’t deal with low-speed potholes in town as well.
This optional Air suspension comes with settings for Comfort and Dynamic setups, but even in the sportiest settings, it doesn’t feel as agile as a BMW 5 Series. On a long motorway cruise, however, the Audi A6 comes into its own.
The 3.0-litre V6 diesel cars are very smooth, impressively quiet at speed and fairly cheap to run. There’s also a rapid 3.0-litre petrol V6 if you fancy something faster and there’ll soon be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. It’s pretty easy to drive, too – especially if you pay extra for the rear-wheel steering system that helps makes the big Audi A6 almost as manoeuvrable as a family hatchback at low speeds
Whichever engine you go for, you get a mild hybrid system as standard to help boost performance and reduce fuel consumption. Sadly, you’ll have to pay extra for some of Audi’s high-tech self-driving technology, including brake assist that’ll stop you from reversing into parked cars. Still, if you’re happy to spend a little extra cash, the A6 makes an excellent large saloon car – especially if you prioritise comfort and cruising ability over speed and sportiness.