He: The A6 Avant 2.0 TDI looks like nirvana for the family-minded type of person – Audi quality, wagon versatility and diesel frugality. Maybe it sounds a bit too sensible when you say it like that, but for many it will prove a pretty attractive combination. Does the A6’s healthy dose of practicality do it for you?
She: I wish. Big on comfort, performance and class, yet low on emissions, bling or fuss, the Audi A6 brings so much to love – except for the price. A tag nearing $83,000 is worlds away from practical for the average buyer. But, by golly, I enjoyed the A6. Let’s start with the exterior. Your thoughts?
He: Typically of Audi’s mainstream models, it looks classy without threatening to be as distinctive as, say, the stylish A5. But there’s a solidity and presence that’s appealing. It’s a similar story inside the cabin, where everything you see and touch carries that stamp of quality Audi does so well.
She: Yep, that cabin has a degree in the science of ergonomics (and a stereo system so divine, dear god, it makes Michael Bolton sound good). This is one of the easiest cars in which to find a perfect driving position, with good vision all around the vehicle. It might be a tight fit for three adults in the back seat, but there’s ample room for the kids.
He: I’ll take your word for it on Michael Bolton. The boot has a big, modular space with rear seats that drop flat. I also appreciated some of the wizardry, such as a full-colour information display in front of the driver, the keypad on which you can write rather than tap in your satnav inputs, and convenience features such as keyless entry and start, electric tailgate and auto headlights and wipers. Powered leather seats and satnav are also surprising standard inclusions. How was the drive?
She: Bliss. This wagon offers a good ride/handling compromise for such a comfort-focused luxury car. When it comes to performance, the big thing I noticed was how effortlessly this Audi gathers pace.
He: I’d say the 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine is only just big enough. While it’s rapid off the mark, it’s also quick to run out of puff, given the A6’s Commodore-like dimensions. I was really impressed with the continuously variable transmission, which was so unobtrusive I initially took it for a more traditional auto. The all-important question, Deb, was it green enough for you?
She: A stint of city-only driving sipped 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres. While it’s not quite in the league of last year’s Drive Car of the Year, the Mercedes C-Class, it’s on the right track. I’ve got to say, the stop-start system is the slowest I’ve found to fire up when you want to take off at traffic lights (and it wakes up with a slight shake, too). Did fuel economy fare better on the combined cycle?
He: It did, with 6.3L on a run comprised about two-thirds highway running, a sensational result for a family-size wagon. Yes, it’s a commanding price for us humble types, but for others it’s a bargain: $7000 less than the BMW 520d Touring and a huge $25,250 under Mercedes’ E250 CDI Estate. Of course, you could choose any number of SUVs instead.
She: For more utility, the A6 AllRoad is launching soon (expect to pay upwards of $115,000). For a luxury wagon, though, the Beemer’s a cut above on driving dynamics, as is the Benz on overall refinement. But this sleek Audi makes a strong play for the premium car buyer.
Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDI
The price: From $82,900 plus on-road costs
Vital statistics: 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel; 130kW/380Nm; continuously variable transmission; 5.1L/100km and 135g/km CO2; front-wheel-drive. Follow Drive苏州美甲学校.au on Twitter @Drivecomau Like Drive苏州美甲学校.au on Facebook
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