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AUDI A6 Diesel Saloon
What is it?
The Audi A6 is an executive four-door saloon with a diesel-only engine line-up. The car is available with either front-wheel drive or Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive. There is a high performance V8 S6 version and an estate Avant version of both the S6 and A6.
What is the Audi A6 like to drive?
The Audi A6 is a fine place to be to cover miles. Refinement is first rate and if you pick the right seat and wheel options it can be comfortable too. The grip on twisty roads is great and there’s little body roll. Those versions with quattro four-wheel drive have even better grip which is great in winter and in the wet.
What engines are available?
The engine range starts with a frugal yet powerful 190hp 2.0-litre diesel which can be had with a manual or auto gearbox. There are then three 3.0-litre diesels that only come with automatic gearboxes. The power outputs are 218hp, 272hp and 320hp. The upper two of these only come with quattro, but for the 218hp it’s an option.
What are the key standard features of the Audi A6?
Audi has kept the A6 range delightfully simple with just two standard trim levels. The first is SE which includes driver information system, 17in alloys, Audi drive select, electromechanical parking brake, DAB radio, aux socket, Bluetooth, USB socket, leather seats, climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, LED rear lights, cruise control, parking sensors, keyless go and heated and powered door mirrors.
- S Line adds sports suspension, front sports seats, lumbar support, alcantara door inserts, leather gear knob, LED headlights, headlight washers, LED indicators.
What are the key options?
Audi is famed for its lengthy options lists and the A6 is no exception, the key options for the A6 of metallic paint and powered and heated seats are always desirable. There are also packs of equipment, the most useful of which is the technology pack which includes satnav and a colour screen for the driver as well as the main central 8in colour screen.
How spacious is the Audi A6?
As you’d expect from an executive car there’s plenty of room for four to five adults in comfort. Rear seat leg room is good in the class too. Boot space is good too with 530 litres of luggage space. A through loading ski-hatch can also be ticked on the option list to add flexibility to the saloon. The estate Avant version takes that space up to 565 litres and 1680 litres with the seats folded.
What will it cost to run?
Audi has quietly been lowering its CO2 outputs over the past few years to the point that they are seriously impressive. The 2.0 TDI ultra engine coupled to the seven-speed auto has a CO2 figure of 109g/km and hits the 19% benefit in kind tax band. Combined fuel consumption is 67.3 mpg. The manual version is slightly higher at 113g/km and 20% BIK with 65.7mpg combined. Optioning quattro harms CO2 figures on the 3.0 TDI 218hp model taking CO2 from 122 to 133g/km with the 320hp diesel coming in at 159g/km.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags are standard across the range with a further two (for rear side impact) optional. The A6 scores very well in EuroNCAP testing with five stars and 91% for occupant protection.
Alternatives include the BMW 5-series, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-class.
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