Audi A6 Avant (2018) Review

Audi A6 Avant (2018) At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
As one of the originators of the sector, Audi has pulled out all the stops with its latest A6 Avant, making it a car that’s one of the best on the market.

+Premium interior with lots of space. Mild-hybrid technology contributes to low running costs, refined ride and very assured handling.

-Dim-witted eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox, not as satisfying as a BMW 5 Series to drive.

New prices start from £43,105
Insurance Groups are between 33–46
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

The Audi A6 Avant is now an even more stylish and striking machine. Its executive car appearance has been enhanced with bulging wheelarches and long, flowing lines, giving it an imposing look. It’s a tech-fest onboard as well, with multiple screens and touch-sensitive controls making a real step on from the previous A6 Avant. But Audi hasn’t forgotten the many strengths of the old car either, ensuring this latest model still has lots of space on board for passengers and, of course, a voluminous and practical estate car boot. It’s also good to see the choice of engines, which was vast in previous generations, has now started to grow from an initially rather limited level.

Although large estate cars aren’t quite as popular as they once were – blame the ascendancy of the SUV – Audi still hasn’t skimped on creating the latest A6 Avant. It is a beautifully finished machine with real presence. It arguably has more elegance than its supposedly more svelte four-door coupe counterpart, the Audi A7 Sportback.

Audi has a long history of building large estate cars (which it calls Avants), and this heritage is clear to see here. It is a car enhanced by its voluminous estate car rear end, rather than spoiled by it.

Inside, it has an extremely modern and high-tech feel, thanks to its array of colour screens instead of buttons and dials. There are two screens on the centre console alone, plus you can choose to have the instruments replaced by a third multi-function colour display.

It does all take some getting used to. There’s no longer a physical control to change the climate control temperature, for example – even this becomes a touchscreen operation. But it’s certainly sophisticated and futuristic.

Like its predecessor, this generation of Audi A6 Avant is a very roomy car. the driver’s seat has plenty of adjustability in all directions (it’s just a pity electric seats are optional rather than standard) and there’s loads of legroom in the rear.

It goes without saying that a big estate car should have a big boot, and the A6 Avant delivers here too, with a class-competitive 565 litres with the seats up. No, it’s not as roomy as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate, but the Audi’s more svelte rear end is a compromise most won’t consider a step too far. The rear seats fold flat for even more space, in a handy 40:20:40 layout.

The engine range is focused around the 40 TDI 204, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with mild hybrid technology as standard. Fuel economy is very good and it’s a more responsive and smoother-running engine than many expect. All latest Audi A6s come with an automatic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive is available across the range. 

For those who prefer petrol, the 45 TFSI 245 is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder, while there are two V6 motors: a 50 TDI and 55 TFSI.

Audi’s engineers tune the setup of their cars to be composed, effortless and assured. The grin-inducing tactility you get from something like a BMW 5 Series is dialled back in favour of a drive that remains calm and collected no matter what speed you’re driving, or what the weather is doing. Quattro versions are particularly strong in this regard.

Ride quality is surprisingly supple, even in sportier S line versions. In the previous car, S line spec could feel a bit lumpy in town, but Audi has tuned this out here. The options list features a range of suspension options, including a smooth air suspension setup.

Despite the popularity of SUVs, only the sophistication and carrying capacity of a large estate car will do for some. 

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a good petrol hybrid estate?
"I currently have a 2-litre diesel Toyota Avensis Estate with 94,000 miles since new in 2010. It's very comfortable and has a big boot with seats that fold down for a golf trolley. I travel about 10,000 miles annually with regular long trips. I'm changing cars soon and would like a little more comfort. I'm thinking an Audi estate, either A4 or A6, probably the A6 with larger boot. Ideally for the future I'd like a petrol hybrid. Any suggestions?"
An Audi A4 or A6 sounds like a good option. Also consider a Skoda Superb if you're looking for value for money - we rate the Superb highly and the 2.0 TSI is a good engine. You can get a plug-in hybrid version, which might suit your needs if you can charge a car at home. If you'd like to go down to the plug-in hybrid route, we'd also recommend a Volvo V60 or V90 T8.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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