£35,820 - £55,085 Price range
44 - 64 MPG
The new Audi A6 Avant reviews are very positive, with the experts saying it’s a very impressive estate. The A6 Avant builds on the success of its saloon sibling. Audis are known for their great build quality, sleek styling and capable road holding and this estate doesn’t disappoint.
While some estate cars can seem like a bit of an afterthought from the manufacturer compared to their saloon equivalents, the Audi A6 Avant looks and feels like it was designed as an estate from the very beginning of the design and development process.
A replacement Audi A6 is rumoured to be in development, with a predicted release date in 2017.
The A6 Avant carries on Audi’s reputation for producing excellent quality cabins. Materials, attention to detail and build throughout are faultless; overall ambience is stylish and luxurious.
Leg and head-room is generous but it’s the Avant’s added boot space that makes it more practical than the saloon. Its wide load area isn’t as large as some of its rivals but can accommodate 564 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place or a mighty 1,680 litres with them folded.
Few competitors come close to offering an environment as pleasing, comfortable and well-equipped as the Audi’s interior, and the badge it comes with isn’t bad either.
Audis have always been capable and safe to drive. The standard front wheel drive cars are comfortable and predictable while quattro (four-wheel-drive) equipped cars have added safety. Traction is a strong point throughout the range. All models are refined, ride well and are comfortable for all lengths of journeys. Combining sports suspension and larger wheels on the higher specification models gives a firmer but less comfortable ride.
The A6 Avant excels on the motorway, offering a smooth, comfortable, quiet and relaxing ride that is up there with the best in its class.
Audi lines up a great range of engines for the A6 Avant, covering almost every option you could want from a large executive car. The entry level 175hp 2.0-litre TDI dieselwill fit most people’s needs perfectly. It will happily cruise with traffic on the motorway while returning 57.6mpg and comes with plenty of kit as standard.
Further up the engine range are two choices of 3.0-litre V6 TDI, producing 201hp and 242 respectively. The V6 diesels are more refined and offer notably more performance than the 2.0-litre.
Expected to be less popular is the 296hp 3.0-litre TFSI petrol V6. It will get from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds but needs working harder than the diesels. The flagship 309bhp 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 TDI combines comfortable real world pace with astonishing performance when called upon.
If none of those are quick enough for you, try the RS6 Avant. A 0-60mph time of under four seconds should do the job, if you can afford to put fuel in the thing.
Experts reckon the entry level 175bhp 2.0-litre TDI blends performance with fuel economy perfectly. It will happily cruise with traffic on the motorway while returning 56.5mpg and producing only 132g/km CO2. This helps to keep running costs marginally cheaper than its rivals.
The critics believe that the front wheel drive 2.0-litre TDI with the six speed manual is the pick of the range and will account for 75 percent of Avant sales. It has excellent all round refinement and plenty of torque, providing all the performance you will ever need for daily driving. Reviews say the A6 Avant isn’t the most thrilling to drive, but the ride is decent and handling composed with this engine.
Reviews say the relaxed nature of 3.0-litre V6 is great for urban driving; the torque rich engine barely reaching 1500rpm in traffic and only a few 100rpm higher at motorway cruising pace. But when you do want to get a move on, it provides great performance and fuel economy. Progress won’t be hindered by frequent fuel stops as 53.3mpg is achievable.
This 3.0 TDI has 201bhp and critics say that it has notably more punch and refinement than the entry level 2.0-litre TDI. The Avant will get from 0-60mph in around 7.2 seconds (depending on gearbox) and Audi claim a 143mph top speed.
In gear performance is strong and the experts praise its effortless pace. Testers like both the smooth automatic gearbox, saying it suits the character of the 3.0-litre TDI well.
The flagship 3.0-litre TDI Bi-turbo is the most potent of the diesels. It boasts outstanding performance and manageable fuel consumption, 44mpg and 169g/km CO2 offer great range between fuel stops. 309bph is created by two turbos, a small one for low-rev response and a larger one that takes over to give high-rev power. The Bi-turbo also produces 479lb ft torque, slightly more than its closest rivals. All this power is managed by an excellent 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox and Quattro traction.
On road performance is deeply impressive, 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds and it will run into the limiter at 155mph. The experts report that in-gear performance is exceptional, overtaking slower traffic is effortless and the new exhaust emits a deep V6 rumble. The experts approve of the Avants excellent refinement and relentless performance, saying it’s a superb all round quality car.
The reviews of this 245hp Quattro A6 Avant are positive, the experts are impressed with both the fine engine and the car. This 3.0 TDI engine is also available in a lower powered version, with 201hp, but that model isn't available with either the Quattro 4x4 system or S-Tronic gearbox.
The critics love the power of the engine, which propels the Avant to 60 in just 6.3 seconds. Not only is it effortlessly rapid, but it's not too costly to run. For such a big engine, it's amazingly economical, with 47.9 mpg and tax of £165 a year.
Although those efficiency figures are decent, the 2.0 TDI is far far more economical, but not as much fun of course! This engine doesn't come cheap, but the consensus from the reviews is that if you can afford it then it's well worth a look!
There’s only one review of the 3.0 TFSI in the A6 Avant so far, but the engine comes out with plenty of praise. With the best will in the world, the tester describes it as being like one of Audi’s older TDI engines, in that it’s keen to rev, but also has plenty of torque when you need it.
That’s a good thing in a big, heavy car like the A6, and means it’s a relaxing car to drive whether tootling around town or blasting down the motorway. And you’ll really be blasting - there’s almost 300bhp to play with.
How much sense the big petrol makes depends on how many miles you do and how deep your pockets are - and many are likely to choose the more economical diesels as a result.
34.4mpg isn’t bad from a large, four-wheel-drive, petrol, 1,800kg car, but it still means fuel bills will be relatively high. Road tax is too, at £245 a year. Expensive then, but if you can afford it, you won’t regret your choice.
The previous incarnation of the A6 Avant was about as safe as any car in this class gets and rightfully earned the full five-star rating from Euro NCAP. There’s no reason to think that this latest model will be anything other than at least as safe as its predecessor, if not more so.
Audi throws just about every trick in the current book at the A6 in terms of safety equipment. The latest A6 Avant has front airbags with front passenger deactivation, side head airbags, seat belt monitoring, an anti-theft alarm with tow-away protection, a tyre pressure monitoring system, ESP, an Audi parking system with a rear view camera, a night vision system with pedestrian detection, rear side airbags and active lane assist.
If that lot doesn’t make you feel safe in your new Audi, you’d probably be better off going wherever you’re going by train instead.
The A6 Avant prices compare well with rivals from similar brands and even the base models come with plenty of equipment as standard. Healthy economy figures throughout the range should make running one marginally cheaper too. The diesels should hold their money better than the sole petrol in the range when it comes to reselling. Experts think that the entry level 2.0-litre TDI is the pick of the bunch and will account for 75 per cent of sales.
The new Avant is some 70kg lighter than its predecessor and is inherently more economical. Reviewers note that the petrol 3.0-litre TFSI petrol is a great choice but if you are considering buying it, you should also consider the 3.0-litre V6 diesels as they offer most of the TFSI’s thrills with far more real world advantages.
You are never going to get an Audi on the cheap – whether it’s good, bad, great or indifferent. It’s tough to say that any estate that costs this much is value for money, but the quality is there for all to see and if you are considering one, you probably won’t be too fazed by the price tag.
Audi A6 Avant SE Executive
SE Executive replaces the old SE trim as the entry level A6 Avant. It comes with a revised bodykit for the exterior and heated front seats with electronic lumbar adjustment for the interior. Wireless phone charging is fitted as standard but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available as optional extras.
All in all, the consensus is that the A6 Avant is a very easy estate to recommend and well worth a look – particularly if you value qualities like interior ambience, safety and style. However, some rivals are now better to drive and a little more practical too.
If you are looking for a great estate car with loads of features that represents great value for money, there are a lot of cheaper cars that will do the job as well as the Audi for a lot less money.
But most people that are looking at the A6 Avant will be requiring more than just great value and a great deal; they’re looking for kudos and prestige as well. The BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class are also strong contenders in this segment, but the amount of Audi Avants you see on the road is a testament to the strength of their offering.