Interested in German real estate? Then at Vanarama, we think you might really like to lease Audi’s A6 Avant. This full-Executive segment station wagon is a really cool piece of design and is better than ever in this ‘C8’-series fifth generation form, with extra technology, even classier finishing and a little more charisma this time round.
The A6 Avant is a market leader when it comes to large, luxurious executive class estates. It’s proved more popular in our market than the rival BMW 5 Series Touring & Mercedes E-Class Estate models that represent its toughest competition. And Audi has aimed to pull a little further away from its competitors with this fifth generation model.
The cabin might well convince you, featuring a classy black panel MMI twin-screen dashboard with a 10.1-inch screen for infotainment functions up top and a smaller 8.6-inch display (mainly for climate features) just below. Thanks to this car's long 2.93-metre wheelbase, the back seat offers reasonable space for three adults, but much more comfortable room for two and you get a fold down centre armrest with storage and cup holders. Many buyers will want to specify the two-part panoramic glass roof, which floods the cabin with light. And of course, iin this estate model, there's a big 565-litre boot, extendable to 1,680-litres by folding the 40:20:40-split rear bench.
Vanarama customers get a choice of four core A6 Avant trim levels – ‘Sport’, ‘S line’, ‘Black Edition’ and top ‘Vorsprung’. On top of that, there’s the sporting S6 TDI variant, which comes in standard or in top ‘Vorsprung’ guise. Even faster is the top petrol-powered 600PS RS 6 Avant.
There are two mainstream petrol variants, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 45 TFSI and the 3.0-litre six cylinder 55 TFSI. And there are also a couple of mainstream diesel variants, the 2.0-litre 40 TDI and the 3.0-litre 50 TDI. Every mainstream A6 Avant model comes with quattro 4WD and 7-speed S tronic auto transmission as standard – the sporting S6 and RS 6 variants get a meatier 8-speed Tiptronic auto to deal with their extra pulling power. The potent S6 has a 3.0-litre TDI engine and the rip-snorting RS 6 uses a 4.0-litre V8 petrol unit.
There’s also an SUV-inspired A6 Allroad Avant variant, which is a model you’d choose if you needed some kind of light off road ability in a car of this kind but didn’t want to move out of an A6 into Audi’s Q5 or Q7 SUVs. The A6 Allroad offers air suspension, a raised ride height and some extra off road tools, is only available in Avant estate form and, as you’d expect, is only available with Quattro 4WD.
The two main competitors for this car are the BMW’s 5 Series Touring and the Mercedes E-Class Estate with the Volvo’s V90 & the Jaguar XF Sportbrake presenting similar competitive options.
The A6 Avant isn’t head and shoulders above its competitors in any particular area, but it’s the way that Audi is there or thereabouts in every single criteria that makes this such a complete executive estate. This sharper suited fifth generation version has a bit more pavement presence than its predecessor; and a great deal more high-technology and premium quality. Try one and you may find that it’s all you want a large estate car to be.