Audi A6 Avant Rear
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Audi A6 Avant Review

It is also pretty well endowed with carrying capacity at the back, although it cannot quite match the cargo room of the boxier Mercedes E-Class Estate.

14 November 2011 Sue Baker
Ride and Handling

The A6 Avant has a well-sorted chassis. This is a big car that you might expect to feel quite bulky on the road, but it has a pleasing agility and handles with calm precision. Steering feel is pretty reasonable, and is a noticeable improvement over the rather light, floaty feel of the previous model A6 Avant’s steering. Ride quality is good, smoothing out undulations with efficiency, and making light work of all but the deepest potholes.

Adaptive air suspension is a worthwhile option that gives the car a magic carpet ride, but adds a hefty £2,000 to the price.

Ease of Use

Cabin space in this car is among the best in its class. It is also pretty well endowed with carrying capacity at the back, although it cannot quite match the cargo room of the boxier Mercedes E-Class Estate. An A6 Avant buyer will probably be very satisfied, though, with the 565-litre boot that stretches to 1,680 litres when the back seats are folded

Usefully, the car’s standard kit includes a double cargo floor, a wipe-clean under-floor tray, luggage lashing eyes and an elasticated strap on the left side of the boot for secure stowage of loose items. An optional tethering system is available for £135, comprising movable bars that slide along floor runners to hold varying shapes and sizes of items you may wish to transport.

Comfort and Refinement

Comfort levels are excellent in this sybaritic Audi. The front cabin is well laid out in the same driver-focused style as in the A6 saloon, with a dash panel that curves around you in the driving seat. Among the three German executive brands, Audi has the most intuitive of the dial-control systems with its MMI.

The car has a spacious feel with ample headroom, knee space and shoulder room front and rear. The nicely contoured front seats are very supportive, and rear seat comfort is pretty good too, apart from the prominent transmission tunnel that takes up some of the legroom. Unless you look over your shoulder, it is easy to forget that there is that big estate car space back there. From the car’s sound levels, you would not notice any difference from the saloon, and the car’s plush interior ensures that it is not an echo-y void in the rear.

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Audi A6 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAudi Audi A6 Avant SE 2.0 TDi
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourIce Silver
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9 Seconds
Top Speed 138 mph
  
Transmission6-speed manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban46.3 mpg
Extra Urban62.8 mpg
Combined56.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group26
Euro NCAP RatingTBC
Warranty3 years/60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 14/11/11)£32,100

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