Audi A6 Avant (2018) Review

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Audi A6 Avant (2018) At A Glance

Premium interior with lots of space. Mild-hybrid technology contributes to low running costs.

Dim-witted eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. Expensive.

New prices start from £43,105, brokers can source from £31,177
Contract hire deals from £330.00 per month
Insurance Groups are between 33–46
On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure

The confident launch of the 2018 Audi A6 Avant shows that not everyone wants an SUV, and premium estate cars like the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series prove that you can combine practicality with a plush interior and an enjoyable driving experience.

Of course, the Audi A6 Avant is very similar to the saloon model. That means you get an excellent interior loaded with technology, including a twin-screen infotainment system and optional Virtual Cockpit. It feels very upmarket, while there's loads of space for the whole family - including a huge boot (if not quite as big as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class's). There's more headroom in the back than the A6 saloon.

There's a choice of petrol and diesel engines, all with mild-hybrid technology contributing to reduced running costs. This allows the A6 Avant to coast with the engine off between 34mph and 99mph - although you'll hardly notice it kicking in and out.

With the advent of new electric, hybrid and mild hybrid drivetrains there is some new, initially confusing nomenclature to get used to that eventually starts to make sense.

The majority of buyers initially opted for the 40 TDI for its low running costs. It's a good engine - quiet and refined, with a reasonable amount of performance on offer. Its seven-speed S tronic dual wet clutch gearbox is better than the eight-speed torque converter used in the 50 TDI, too.

For those wanting a little more performance, the 50 TDI is surprisingly rapid - although noticeably heavier. There's also a plug-in hybrid version due late in 2019, for those ready to turn their back on diesel.

Whichever engine you choose, the Audi A6 Avant is a very refined car that'll take the pain out of long journeys. It's got a big boot and plenty of space in the rear for carrying children (or adults, if you wish). The interior, although slightly sterile, feels of high quality with lots of soft-touch materials and plenty of technology to keep you entertained.

The biggest issue with the Audi A6 Avant is its price. Starting at close to £41,000, it's one of the most expensive cars in its class, means £465 annual VED for years 2 to 6, and by the time you've raided the options list you could very quickly have a very pricey estate car. If you can justify it, though, it's also one of the most desirable cars in its class.

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Real MPG average for a Audi A6 Avant (2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

85%

Real MPG

39–59 mpg

MPGs submitted

7

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

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

What does a Audi A6 Avant (2018) cost?

Buy new from £31,177 (list price from £40,395)
Contract hire from £330.00 per month
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