Audi A6 Avant (2005–2011)

Model History

February 2005

New A6 Avant revealed

Interiors are plush and ergonomic with 'Muti Media Interface' screen neatly integrated into the dashpanel, slightly to the driver's side. All engines apart from base TDI PD 140 four cylinder are chain cam.

2.4 V6 with 177bhp and 230Nm torque

3.2 V6 FSI with 255bhp and 330Nm torque

4.2 V8 with 335bhp and 430Nm torque

3.0 TDI with 225bhp and a massive 450Nm torque.

2.7 TDI with 180PS and 380Nm from 1,400rpm, 0-62mph in 8.1 secs, 141mph, 41.5mpg, CO2 181g/km.

Avant available from Spring 2005 at prices prices from £26,505 to £46,265. But 2.0 TDI not available to order until May 2005. 200PS 2.0 TFSI engine option from late May 2005. 6-speed manual does 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and has a top speed of 141mph, combined 34.4mpg, CO2 197g/km. Prices £24,340 for saloon and £25,910 for Avant.

Audi UK will integrate RAC Trafficmaster's RDS TMC (Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel) service initially on satellite navigation systems fitted to the A6 and A8 from November 2005. The real time traffic data technology will enable drivers to monitor traffic conditions and will automatically redirect them away from congested routes in order to minimise traffic delays.

July 2005

Audi introduced a 2.7 TDI Tiptronic quattro, for the same price it would have been without the autobox. Seems that the front drive multitronic box was having trouble with the torque of the 2.7 TDI.

Luxurious extras added at no extra cost for 2006: A6 Saloon and Avant models enhanced by interior and exterior upgrades. Satellite navigation and 6 CD autochanger fitted as standard to four-cylinder models at no extra cost until December 31st 2006. 2006MY A6 prices range from £25,275 OTR to £45,390 OTR.

February 2006

2.0 TDI and 2.7 TDI Multitronics finally launched after long development delays to toughen them up sufficiently. Optional extra at £1,450: OTR prices including multitronic range from £26,725 to £30,115. Extremely BIK efficient for company car drivers.

A6 2.0 TDI multitronic 140PS@4,000rpm, 320Nm@1,750-2,500rpm, 0-62mph 10.2 secs (Avant 10.4), 127mph, 40.3mpg, CO2 189g/km (Avant 192g/km).

A6 2.7 TDI multitronic 180PS@3,300-4,250rpm, 380Nm@1,400-3,300rpm, 0-62mph 8.3 secs (Avant 8.3), 140mph (Avant 136mph), 37.7mpg (Avant 35.8), 200g/km (Avant 203g/km).

A6 2.0 TDI equipped with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) ex-factory, A6 2.7 TDI can be retro-fitted with DPF.

For 2006, A6 Saloon and Avant models feature an enhanced SE specification with an alloy wheel upgrade from a 16-inch 9-arm design to a 17-inch 5-spoke ‘Star’ wheel and a High Gloss Pack that adds aluminium window trim strips, door handle surrounds and sill inserts. Climate control has been replaced by the more sophisticated Comfort Air Conditioning System Plus. Until December 2006, four-cylinder A6 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TDI versions will also be equipped as standard with a 6 CD autochanger and CD ROM satellite navigation – a combined feature previously available at an extra cost of £1,250.

June 2006

4.2 FSI quattro models available to order from June 2006 at £44,475 OTR for the Saloon and £45,745 for the Avant. 4.2-litre V8 engine with FSI direct petrol injection first seen in Q7 quattro delivers 350PS at 6,800rpm and 440Nm at 3,500rpm. A6 0-62mph in 5.9 secs, top speed limited to 155mph, combined mpg 26.1, C02 257g/km

1,000 A6 3.0TDI Quattro Tiptronic Le Mans Special S Lines with 19-inch wheels to order July 2006 for September delivery at £34,575 OTR saloon and £35,845 Avant.

December 2006

New naturally aspirated 2.8-litre V6 FSI petrol engine with 210PS @ 5,500 - 6,800rpm and 280Nm @ 3,000 - 5,000rpm for A6 Saloon and Avant models. Available with manual and multitronic transmissions. A6 Saloon and Avant 2.8 FSI priced from £27,555 and £29,125 OTR, 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, top speed 151mph, combined MPG 32.4, C02 207g

October 2008

Revised in late October 2008. New A6 range open for UK order in August 2008 for first deliveries in late October 2008 – Saloon prices from £24,800 OTR, Avant from £26,370 OTR

Benefits from styling revisions inside and out, a major update of the engine line-up bringing fuel efficiency gains averaging 12 per cent and reconfigured suspension for improved comfort. Latest generation quattro system with 40/60 torque split. New petrol engine range highlight - supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI unit with 290PS and 420Nm from 2,500rpm to 4,850rpm

New headline engine in TDI range – 2.0-litre TDI now featuring ultra-efficient common rail fuel injection with piezo injectors – all TDI engines now common rail-equipped. New ‘e’ model achieves 53.3mpg and 139g/km CO2 output through technical and aerodynamic refinements. Enhanced cabin incorporates new third generation Multi Media Interface infotainment system with high capacity hard disk-sourced navigation mapping and 3D display.

By modifying transmission ratios, employing a power steering pump which operates only on demand and an alternator capable of regenerating energy during coasting, the A6 2.0 TDI is able to earn the economy-focused ‘e’ designation seen first in the A3 1.9 TDIe. Special aerodynamic modifications and a 20mm reduction in ride height also further the cause by helping the A6 to slip through the air with an impressively low drag coefficient of 0.28.

Despite the 53.3mpg and 139g/km these modifications make possible, the A6 2.0 TDIe with six-speed manual transmission is on the pace, its 320Nm torque maximum arriving at 1,750rpm to propel it to 60mph from rest in 10.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 129mph.

What does a Audi A6 Avant (2005 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £40,395
Buy new from £31,177
Contract hire from £329.38 per month