Audi A6 Avant: long-term check evaluation

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Mileage: 2,290
Financial system: 39.2mpg

Is there a greater automobile for an Auto Categorical photographer through the winter months than an Audi A6 Avant? That’s the query we hope to reply over the subsequent half a 12 months, as a result of this week it’s time to say hiya to the newest automobile I’m operating on the fleet.

Common readers can have noticed that the automobile has already featured in these pages, each in our fleet watch part (Subject 1,549) and as a part of a twin check in opposition to the Mercedes E-Class Property in Subject 1,553.

Audi A6 Avant vs Mercedes E-Class Property

There’s one thing I immediately love about my new Audi that I’m positive you’ve seen, and that’s the design. As a photographer, I’m all the time looking out for the proper shot, and shortly after the automobile arrived I discovered an important alternative to seize the A6’s daring styling throughout a very sensible dawn.

I’m actually taken with the A6 Avant’s headlights, giant grille and purposeful roofline. It already has a really sporty design, so I can solely think about how good a future S6 or RS 6 mannequin may look.

One other function I like about my particular automobile is the 20-inch alloy wheels. Nevertheless, as a result of uncommon method press automobiles are typically specified, they’re not truly that can be purchased in case you’re a buyer proper now. That’s a disgrace, as a result of I feel these are among the best-looking rims I’ve seen lately. The considered kerbing one is holding me on my toes after I’m on the town, as a result of I’d hate to wreck these uncommon alloys.

Our automobile’s Glacier White paint (£685) appears nice, and it’s a part of a protracted record of non-compulsory equipment that takes the full worth of our A6 to £52,640. Different extras embody double-glazed home windows with a darkish tint on the rear part (£525 and £475 respectively), plus the £1,495 Expertise pack that brings a bigger 10.1-inch touchscreen and a decrease eight.6-inch show to enrich it, together with sat-nav and smartphone connectivity. There’s a wi-fi telephone charging pad and Audi’s sensible Digital Cockpit digital instrument cluster as properly.

Our automobile additionally has an essential choice for my very own consolation: adaptive dampers. They value £1,150 and let me soften or stiffen the suspension relying on the kind of highway I’m on, though I primarily go away the automobile in its most snug setting anyway.

My A6 Avant is the 40 TDI mannequin, which has already triggered some confusion amongst fellow motorists. I’ve been requested if it’s a four.Zero-litre automobile, because the badge appears to point, nevertheless it’s truly solely a 2.Zero-litre diesel utilizing intelligent new mild-hybrid tech. Audi’s badging scheme makes use of numbers between 25 and 70, so the 40 refers to my Avant’s energy output, fairly than the scale of the engine.

It has 201bhp, which suggests it’s greater than punchy sufficient for me. I’m loving the low-down torque it delivers (a most of 400Nm), and since it’s a four-cylinder diesel, it’s returning an honest 39.2mpg to this point.

Audi lists an official Zero-62mph time of eight.three seconds, and when my colleagues rated the automobile as a part of the dual check it proved it was able to sprinting from Zero-60mph in 7.6 seconds. After all, it’ll by no means want to do this on the highway, nevertheless it’s a straightforward approach to display how fast the large property feels whenever you put your foot down.

With 565 litres of boot house even when the rear seats are up, there’s simply sufficient room for all my pictures gear within the again. And when you’ve folded the seats, there’s a capability of 1,680 litres. I not often want that a lot house, nevertheless it is useful after I wish to get down actually low for a monitoring shot; I can lie down and shoot from bumper stage to get a extremely dynamic-looking picture of no matter it’s I’m snapping that week.

I’m already impressed with the A6, then, however there are some things to delve additional into over the approaching months. One in every of them is the consolation. First impressions counsel it rides very properly on motorways, however there may be a number of points with driving on the town on these giant wheels.

Then there’s the infotainment system. Though it appears very spectacular, I’m nonetheless attending to know the way it all operates. I’m undecided that I like having to make use of a touchscreen so usually whereas I’m driving, however we’ll reserve judgement on that for after I’ve labored out precisely the place the whole lot is.

*Insurance coverage quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three factors.