Audi RS6

4/5
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Verdict

Following a midlife makeover in late 2014, the Audi A6 has never looked better. With one of the best standard interiors on the market and some of the best engines available, it’s a bit of an executive no brainer. The A6 is also available as an estate and for those of you in the want for more oomph, you can opt for the RS6 Avant.

Performance

Like the rest of the Audi range, the A6 comes with a choice of petrol, diesel and further high performance petrol models in the form of the S6 and RS6 which sits at the top of the pile. Standard engine line-up includes Petrol: 1.8 TFSI 190bhp with a choice of 6-speed or S-tronic transmissions. Diesel: 2.0 TDI with 150 & 190bhp options mated to a choice of the same transmissions and a 3.0 TDI with 218, 272 or a bi-turbo 318bhp option with a choice of the above gearboxes with the exception of the 318bhp bi-turbo being in a Quattro tiptronic setup. The RS6 Avant comes with a 4.0 litre TFSI engine that produces 560hp and 516Nm of torque - not bad if you're in a hurry on the autobahn. There is an even more powerful 605hp performance engine available.

Ride & Handling

There is no doubting that the current A6 is the most supple model ever produced. Despite having selectable damping on every model where you can choose between certain driving modes to suit the terrain, but if you just leave it in normal, the car is perfectly happy in all scenarios. Being the only front wheel drive executive car in its segment, Audi appear to have significantly improved the drive, but the steering does feel a bit numb. S-line models stiffer setup do not absorb everyday lumps a bumps as well as the SE but overall the best A6 to drive so far.

Refinement

Available in saloon or Avant guise, the 2.0 TDI is the most popular choice among all A6 drivers. It’s a strong unit too, almost living up the standard of the excellent BMW 520d. While it may be a little raucous on a cold start-up, it strikes the perfect happy medium when it comes to engine choice delivering strong acceleration from low down with a near perfect flow of power right through the revs. The 3.0 TDI option is kept in check by the silky S-tronic transmission while the bi-turbo is smooth and powerful catapulting you from 0-100kmh in 5.1 seconds. The cracking RS6 brings the car from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

Quality & Reliability

There is no doubting the quality of the Audi A6 interior and It sets the benchmark in its segment while the BMW and Mercedes E-Class are left in the wings. The only car that comes close is the Jaguar XF sporting an exquisite new interior design. Audi’s have always been defined by their interiors but the A6 also has a real sense of space in the cabin. There is a blend of classy design quality materials throughout. Its MMI infotainment system is very user friendly but when compared to the Mercedes system or BMW’s latest iDrive, it’s getting very close to requiring an update.

Safety & Security

The Audi A6 earned itself a 5 star NCAP safety rating when it was first tested back in 2011 and since then the German giant has introduced a host of optional safety features that you can now spec your new 6 with. These include adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, Audi parking system plus, night vision assistant, rear view camera, side assist and pre-sense rear, speed limit display and top view camera. Standard systems include front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control and seat belt monitoring.

Space & Practicality

Being available in both saloon and Avant (estate to you and me), the A6 is not without it practical merits. There is an abundance of head and legroom in both models making for happy adults in the front and back at all times. It sports a class leading 530 litre boot which cannot be matched by the BMW 5 series or Mercedes E-Class. The E-Class estate is bigger than the Avant but unless you need even more room, perhaps buy a van. In the saloon, the rear seats also fold to create 995 litres of space but if you require storage of larger items, the Avant is the pick of the two. It looks better too.

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Key Facts

Make

Audi

Model
RS6
Variant
RS6AV 4.0TFSI 560 Q TIP
Car Category
Performance Cars
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
4.0
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
8 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Estate
Price New
€137,950
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€1200
Tax Band
F
L/100km Combined
9.6
Average km/L
10.4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
75
Fuel Tank Range
781 km
Cost of filling a tank
€98.55
Average Cost Per 200 km
€25.23
CO2 emmissions
223 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
560 bhp
Max Power kW
418
Displacement - CC (Engine)
3993
Engine Cylinders
8
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
250 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
3.9 s
L/100km Urban
13.90 L
L/100km Extra Urban
7.50 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Estate
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
565 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
Park Assist Advanced (Self Parking) from €549
Bluetooth
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Manual Adjustment
Parking Sensors
Parking system plus
Power Steering
Electromechanical power steering
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Reversing Camera
Available
USB Connectivity
MMI® navigation plus with MMI touch

Warranty

All Components
3 Year manufacturer's warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year manufacturer's warranty
Car Body
12 Year body protection warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
90000
Roadside Assistance
2 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Hill Hold Assist System
Electromechanical parking brake

Interior Comfort

Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Split folding rear seats
Front Cup Holders
Front Cup Holders

Dimensions

Boot capacity
565 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
275/35 R20 mm
Tyre size back
275/35 R20 mm
Rim size
9.5 J x 20 mm
Length
4979 mm
Width
1936 mm
Height
1436 mm
Wheel Base
2915 mm
Front Track (mm)
1436
Rear Track (mm)
1663
Kerb weight
2010 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2565

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
V engine
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Multi-link suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
560 bhp
2 Variants
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Estate
€137,950
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 565 L
  • Engine Size 4.0 L
  • Power 560 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 3.9 s
  • New Price €137,950
Estate
€148,145
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 565 L
  • Engine Size 4.0 L
  • Power 605 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 3.5 s
  • New Price €148,145