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Arval’s pick of the range: Audi A6 40 TDI quattro S-line
Audi A6 - Overview
The Audi A6 is, in some respects, a traditional premium four-door executive saloon, and in other respects a cutting edge hi-tech sports saloon. This fifth generation A6 is on sale now and arriving in showrooms at the end of the summer. Audi has made the car more advanced in terms of technology and it takes the twin-screen dashboard displays from the Audi A8.
What is the Audi A6 like to drive?
The new Audi A6 has taken a leap forward in terms of the way it drives. Previous generation cars have always been comfortable and refined, but the new model now also delivers a rewarding driving experience and one that matches its key rivals the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The steering is sharp and precise, making it easy to position on the road for such a large car. The steering is also light enough to make even the most testing parking manoeuvres easy. The new A6 is refined, in fact it’s a class leader in this respect and almost as silent in the cabin as the larger A8 limousine. The new 2.0-litre diesel is particularly smooth when compared to similar sized engines in rival cars. The quiet cabin is complemented by a ride that, even without the optional clever air suspension, is great at removing the impact of potholes and uneven road surfaces.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 40 TDI 2.0, 204hp, n/a CO2 (n/a% BIK) n/a mpg
- 50 TDI 3.0, 286hp, 146g/km CO2 (33% BIK) 50.4mpg
- 55 TFSI 3.0, 340hp, n/a CO2 (n/a% BIK) n/a mpg
- 8-speed automatic
- 7-speed automatic
Audi A6 trim levels explained
Audi has kept the trim levels for the A6 very simple. There’s a choice of Sport and S-line.
- 18” alloys
- DAB radio
- Sat nav with online maps
- 12.3 inch Virtual cockpit
- Two-zone climate control
- Bluetooth and USB connectivity
- Wireless charging
- Automatic lights and wipers
- LED headlights
- Rear view camera with parking sensors
- Cruise control with speed limiter
- Multi-function steering wheel
- Front fog lights
- Leather seats
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Two, touch control screens
- Audi Connect (36-month subscription)
- Audi Pre-sense
- Lane departure warning
- Keyless go
S-Line (in addition to Sport)
- 19” alloys
- Sports suspension
- LED matrix headlights
- Signature day running lights
- Headlight washers
- Sports front seats
- Sports steering wheel
- Sports body kit
- S logos on seats and trim
How to spec the Audi A6
The Audi A6 has a high level of equipment as standard in the Sport trim, with creature comforts such as twin-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, leather seats, keyless go and lane departure warning, but the S-line trim also brings a subtly sportier look to the exterior. The S-line has the advantage of including sports front seats, which are wonderfully supportive without compromising on comfort levels.
As for the engines, the all-new 40 TDI – Audi’s name for its 2.0-litre diesel with 204hp – is amazingly refined and, while not as quick as either of the 3.0-litre engines, it does feel agile and powerful enough for company car use. It has the added advantage that it’s also the most efficient engine in the current range.
Audi A6 Interior – what’s it like?
Quality and simple style are obvious in the A6’s interior. Just like sister car the Audi A7, the materials build quality of the A6 are class leading, and the cabin even rivals the best in the sector above. The front and rear seats are exceedingly comfortable and there’s plenty of leg and head room for adults in the rear. Boot space is unchanged from the outgoing model with 530 litres, which is identical to that in the BMW 5-series and only 10-litres behind the Mercedes E-class.
A tech-laden masterpiece that offers an impressively comfortable ride, great driving experience and a superb cabin.
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