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All perform well
Plenty of kit
Decent base spec
Elegance, fine cruiser, quick, attainable.
V10 with an auto?
Pointless V8 & V10
Not much fun
Daft screen menu
Folding seat €500
Why no ISOFIX?
Say NO to VW bits
Soggy handler, annoying MMI, odd spec.
The A6 might be a little unexciting visually, but its conservative detailing matches its simple shape and smooth sheet metal perfectly. What it lacks in drama it makes up for with its clean and cohesive design. The Allroad adds some beefier body cladding but is rather unconvincing as an off-roader.
The slowest standard A6 is the 2.0TDi, which needs just 10.3 seconds to reach 100km/h. The 2.0T gets to 100 in just 8.4; the 2.4V6 in 8.9. The 2.7TDi zooms to 100 in 8.1 seconds but is outpaced by stonking 3.0TDi (6.8s). The 4.2V8 is fast: 6.0s to 100 km/h, but it can’t catch the S6’s 5.3s time!
The A6 isn’t really a handler. It’s swift, composed and competent over just about any terrain, particularly with Quattro. Front-drivers drive better with 4-cylinder engines but diesels need Quattro to handle the torque. Multitronic CVT gets the most from the engine. Not even the S6 is that engaging.
The A6’s interior is more upmarket than that of the A4, with a high centre console, low-slung driving position and high-quality feel to it overall. The standard MMI on-screen menu system is a pain, though, with many controls out of your sight-line. It ruins an otherwise superb cabin.
The A6 is a superbly refined machine, perfect for long distances, even on Irish roads. The ride quality is excellent as well, as long as you don’t go mad and get huge wheels. Interior quality is exceptional also, but Audi persists in using some VW switchgear here and there, which cheapens the car.
The A6 has a 5-Star NCAP rating and comes with standard front, side and curtain airbags, auto low-beam activation, ESP, a first aid kit, a warning triangle, three 3-point seat belts and head rests in the rear, anti-whiplash front seats, front fog lights and auto wipers. ISOFIX is optional, though.
The A6 is vast, even compared to the likes of the 5-Series and E-Class Merc. Space in the front is excellent, rear accommodation is limo-like and the boot is big enough to get lost in. The Avant is even more practical but all have ample in-dash cubby holes and storage nooks.
The Audi A6 offers a lot of car for comparatively little money. The entry-level price point is much lower than that of BMW’s 5 or Mercedes’ E, making it accessible to more people. The base models are nicely spec’ed up, too, but resale won’t be as strong, so buying right is crucial.
The base A6 gets 16” alloys, climate control, front armrests,fancy lighting, electric windows & mirrors, leather steering wheel, Multi Media Interface (MMI), auto wipers & remote locks. V6s add a trip computer. V8s add cruise control, Xenon lights, 17" alloys, leather trim, electric seats & wood.
The 2.0T produces 170bhp, almost as much as 177bhp 2.4V6, but more torque: 280Nm vs 230Nm. 2.0TDi belts out 140bhp/320Nm while 2.7TDi V6 manages 180bhp/380Nm. 233bhp/450 3.0TDi V6 is glorious, as is 255bhp/330Nm 3.2V6, but 335bhp/420Nm 4.2V8 is a bit OTT. 435bhp Lambo 5.2 V10 wasted in auto-only S6.