Audi A6 Avant (2011 – 2018) Review
Audi A6 Avant (2011 – 2018) At A Glance
The Audi A6 Avant is an upmarket car that continues the German brand’s long-running line of Avant estates. Always one of the more svelte-looking wagons, this generation of A6 Avant boasts a rakish rear window line, plus a typically Audi high-quality interior and vast array of engines, gearboxes, trim levels and driven wheel configurations. If you need a spacious, classy holdall, forget the omnipresent SUV and try one of these instead.
Audi has been committed to the idea of large estate cars since the 1970s. It took rival BMW more than a decade to roll out an alternative. However, unlike boxy alternatives from Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, Audi has always infused Avants with a bit more style. It’s the aesthete’s load-lugger, if you like.
This 2011 version was, true to form, an extremely sophisticated proposition at launch. Vorsprung durch Technik was evident from the inch-perfect, sharply-cut design and impeccable interior – and Audi built upon the car’s impressive haul of onboard tech throughout its life.
It feels good to sit inside, thanks to the beautiful finish of the dashboard and controls. Build quality is exemplary, with Audi having an edge here over its premium German rivals.
Even the entry-level SE grade has leather seats, for a luxury feel, plus all the features you’d expect to find on an executive car. Later SE Executive versions are even better in this regard. More desirable is S line grade, though – it offers large alloy wheels, bolder styling and superb sports seats.
The Audi is a very roomy car. It feels big sitting behind the wheel, while those in the rear have an abundance of headroom and legroom. The boot is commodious and easy to use: overall capacity is bettered only by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate. Look out for models with the optional load-lashing kit, using the standard rails built into the side of the boot.
In terms of engines, the Audi’s popularity with company car drivers means most are powered by the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. That may sound small for a car this size, but with up to 190PS it delivers ample bang for your buck.
It’s also very fuel efficient, officially averaging more than 60mpg (look for models wearing the ‘Ultra’ badge, as these are the most economical of all). You can choose an automatic gearbox as well as a manual.
Comfort levels are high, and it feels made for sitting on the motorway and eating up miles without fuss. Models with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system give extra confidence in winter weather, too.
We also need to mention the range-topping Audi A6 Avant: the monstrous RS6. With a colossal 560PS from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, this is an estate car that can take on Porsche – and one that’s become a cult car in its own right.
Despite being a model that still looks fresh and sophisticated, A6 Avant prices are becoming surprisingly accessible. Early models can now be found from around £10,000, and there’s an abundance of choice if you spend a few thousand more. Built for the long run, it’s easy to see why the Audi A6 Avant is a tempting used car.