New Audi A6 Avant 2018 assessment
The brand new mannequin is barely shorter than its predecessor, however can be wider and taller than earlier than. Towards the BMW 5 Sequence Touring and Mercedes E-Class Property solely millimetres separate the three fashions. However on paper the Audi is the least sensible of the three.
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The 565-litre boot is not any bigger than that within the outgoing mannequin, and dropping the rear seats reveals an an identical 1,680-litre load bay. The Mercedes, by comparability, is available in at 640 and 1,820 litres respectively, so has a major and noticeable benefit when cramming luggage, canines and folded pushchairs into the boot.
Our first drive got here courtesy of the 40 TDI diesel, which is mated to a intelligent mild-hybrid unit good for 201bhp and 400Nm of torque. Audi says it’ll return 60.1mpg, with 124g/km CO2 emissions. For firm automotive drivers it attracts a Profit in Type score of 29 per cent.
It’s joined by the dearer 50 TDI, which makes use of a 284bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel. But regardless of the ability deficit, it’s the much less highly effective automotive that proves our choose of the vary. Apart from the hefty value saving (spec-for-spec the V6 asks a near-£9,000 premium) the two.0-litre is, considerably unexpectedly, smoother and extra refined.
The two.0-litre motor is effectively remoted from the cabin, delivering ample efficiency for a household automotive. It’s hushed and responsive at pace, the place the V6 appears coarse and sluggish to reply beneath acceleration.
A number of it comes all the way down to the gearbox; the 40 TDI makes use of Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automated field, whereas the V6 makes use of a conventional torque converter. What meaning in the actual world, is healthier response and improved refinement from the two.0-litre engine.
Matching that’s the journey high quality, which is plush and effectively cushioned. Adaptive air suspension is on the market on the higher-powered diesel, and delivers a superbly cosseting journey on the motorway. However the usual metal springs serve up all of the consolation and suppleness you’d anticipate from a premium property automotive; even on elective 20-inch wheels.
Being front-wheel drive, and subsequently lighter, the four-cylinder diesel additionally feels a contact extra nimble. It does with out Audi’s intelligent rear-wheel steering system however the steering is fast and correct sufficient to instil the A6 Avant with a stunning sense of agility. Having mentioned that, if you need a premium property that’s really partaking to drive, the BMW 5 Sequence Touring stays our prime choose.
However the place the Audi claws issues again is with its elegant cabin. Lifting a lot of its tech from the flagship A8, digital shows and swathes of leather-based and aluminium litter the cabin. The dual 8.6 and eight.8-inch shows offer you entry to all the automotive’s capabilities, and due to acoustic and haptic suggestions are delightfully slick and easy to function.
Two trim ranges will make up the A6 Avant vary within the UK: Sport and S-Line. On prime of the MMI navigation, 4 driving modes, reversing digicam and heated leather-based seats you get in Sport spec fashions, S-Line automobiles get bigger 19-inch alloys, entrance sport seats, matrix LED headlamps and racier exterior styling.