Audi RS6 Avant interior
You’re left in no doubt to the RS6’s intentions inside. It has lashing of Alcantara, sporty seats and red stitching glore. BMW and Mercedes’ infotainment systems are easier to use, mind.
Like most Audis, the RS6’s interior also helps it stand out. Quality is superb, and there are some tasty extras to let you know this a sporting model, including a sports steering wheel and gear selector, sports seats and plenty of RS6 badges.
You can upgrade the RS6’s standard front sport seats to an even racier RS set that have integrated headrest and are more bucket seat in style. They’re lovely things, although they do tend to block the view of passengers behind.
Then there are a couple of RS Design packs you can choose between – Red or Grey. With this option ticked, the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and knee pads are in Alcantara with contrasting stitching. Then there are belt straps with colour edging and RS floor mats. Inlays in carbon, wood natural, grey-brown, or matt aluminium are all available.
The RS6 is angry outside and in. I love its deep, supportive RS sports seats and Alcantara steering wheel. Its infotainment looks great, too, but can be fiddly when driving.
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You get no less than three infotainment screens as standard – a set of superbly crisp and customisable drivers digital dials, plus two stacked touch screens on the dashboard.
Through the upper dash display, you’ll control the standard satellite navigation and smartphone mirroring functions using Audi’s slick MMI interface. This comes with bright, bold menus that are dead easy to read. Only the lack of a physical rotary dial to help you scroll through settings when you’re driving (like you get in a 5 Series) lets it down.
Helping the Audi RS6 claw back some points, however, is the high-resolution Virtual Cockpit system. This 12-inch display is standard and replaces conventional analogue dials with a high-resolution screen that you can configure using buttons on the steering wheel. This’ll let you choose from colourful widescreen maps, a set of digital dials or a combination of the two to make it especially easy to follow sat-nav directions.
Speaking of sat-nav, the Audi’s built-in system is easy to program and delivers concise, easy-to-follow directions. If you prefer to use your phone’s navigation apps instead, you can use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to beam your phone’s display onto the Audi A6’s built-in screens as standard. These systems turn off the screen’s haptic feedback system, however, which makes them a little tricky to use on the move and you can’t display your phone’s navigation apps on the optional Virtual Cockpit system, either.
These smartphone mirroring features do let you play music from streaming services such as Spotify through the car’s stereo – a reasonably punchy system that’s easily loud enough to embarrass kids on the school run. For sheer ear-popping volume, however, you’ll want to upgrade to the optional Bang & Olufsen system that comes as part of the Comfort and Sound pack or standard on Vorsprung models.
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