Audi has made good use of the Avant badge to give its estates an edge. The A6 Avant delivers on that promise. By Kannan Chandran
With that little extra edge in space, the Audi A6 Avant makes a strong point for its ongoing popularity.
The estate version of the A6 blends a variety of positive attributes in its current iteration. The larger internal space means there’s better legroom and you can haul more things about. The new generation engine offers enhanced performance with an improved efficiency. Hey, it’s the best of all worlds.
And, inside, it’s all good build quality as you’d expect from the luxury German marques.
What’s particularly evident is the smoothness of the 1.8-litre engine, especially for an inline four cylinder. There’s often some measure of give and take with these engines when more is expected of them. But thanks to turbocharging they do put in a good showing, evident in the BMW730 and other German marques.
Unlike the Beemer which will cost your in excess of $400,000, the Audi A6 Avant weighs in for around half of that price, and what it lacks, it makes up with practical touches.
The easy access to the huge boot and the option to create more space is always welcomed for anyone using this car to move things about.
Outwardly, it works well with lighter colours and red. Black makes it a look boxy.
More Than Functional
Audi has made good use of its Avant models to move it from a utilitarian platform. In 1994, the RS2 Avant had a 2.2-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine that could send it from 0-100kmh in over five seconds and on to a top speed of 262kmh. With that kind of pedigree, much is expected of the Avant model.
And the A6 doesn’t disappoint. It’s not going to be blindingly fast, but it does handle well. With its lightweight yet strong construction, you get a smooth drive in the Avant. The engine is smooth and responsive with very little jolts between gear changes.
And it’s loaded with all the connectivity and gear onboard to make for a satisfying ride.
AUDI A6 AVANT 1.8 TFSI TECH SPECS
Engine: Inline 4-cylinder turbocharged
Max Power: 140kW@4,200–6,200rpm
Max Torque: 320Nm@1,400–4,100rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Top Speed: 225kmh
Retail price: *$238,600
Please reconfirm price with dealer.
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