The latest A6 manages to achieve an excellent blend of understated, elegant design and huge practicality, that in many ways puts it ahead of the traditional class leader – the BMW 5 Series. Although it may not deliver quite the same level of driving experience it will probably prove to be a much more effective family car than its competitor.
There are 10 engine variants to choose from. The petrol range starts with a 2.0 litre unit that makes an heroic effort of propelling this large executive saloon and ends with the 340bhp unit powering the S6. However the most interesting engine is the 2.5 litre V6 diesel unit in either 155 or 180bhp form. This engine can get the A6 from 0 to 60mph in 8.4 seconds and still return reasonable economy figures. Economy figures are further enhanced when engines are mated to Audis CVT (continuous variable transmission) auto box – by up to 12% according to Audi.
Ride and handling are more attuned to long motorway cruises than cross country B road sprints where bodyroll and lack of steering feedback are not quite up with the best in class. On longer motorway journeys the A6 is a highly refined and quiet companion with only the smaller engined models disturbing the peace slightly.
As you would expect from Audi, the cabin has a quality rock solid feel as well as being spacious and very comfortable – drivers get plenty of seat and steering adjustment. There should also be very few complaints from passengers, the rear can accommodate three adults with plenty of head and legroom and the boot provides plenty of luggage space. The feeling of luxury is further underlined by high standard specification levels that include alloys, climate control and standard auto boxes on all V6 models.
As with other Audis, residual values tend to be strong and reliability records are excellent.
In summary, the Audi A6 represents probably the best blend of driveability, practicality, quality and design in this class – however if you want a slightly more engaging driving experience you may need to opt for the BMW 5-Series.
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