Audi A6 50 TDI Quattro 2018 long-term review
Welcoming the A6 to the fleet – 7 November 2018
The white-van driving force toots, then motions to wind the window down as we move slowly alongside the chocker A316. Uh-oh… nevertheless it’s high-quality. “What engine is that?” he calls. “3.0-litre V6,” I answer. “Is that the new one? Very nice, mate.” Thumbs-up, a grin and we go back to our massively contrasting car cocoons. This hanging Audi A6 inspires a reaction, simply as is meant, and its regeneration is obviously one thing of an tournament to these tuned in to premium-class saloons.
Audi’s goal around the new A6 vary is to problem each the riding dynamism of the BMW five Series and the all-round brilliance of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Quite a job, then. Our purpose within the coming months is to find whether or not it has pulled it off, this means that sampling greater than this kind of govt liners. A stint within the Avant property will observe prior to our time is up.
Audi has at all times been white sizzling on convenience and toasty on tech – however has it were given what it takes so as to add flavour to the factor that has too ceaselessly arise bland? Sport is in Audi’s genes in spite of everything the ones years of Le Mans domination, however come what may it hasn’t at all times translated to the street. In this category, it’s past time that it does. We get started with this, the diesel S Line saloon, with the entire bells and whistles that upload an eye-watering £19,670 to the bottom value.
That three.Zero-litre V6 is just right for 286bhp and a whopping 620lb toes of torque, topping out at (it seems that) 155mph. Economy is measured at 48.7mpg (we’ll indisputably be trying out that), with CO2 emissions rated at 150g/km. An 80-mile round-trip day by day trip is a superb position to start out for a automotive supposed to enjoy long-distance cruising, and in our first week, greater than 540 miles are logged – in a state of zen-like serenity.
That’s pronouncing one thing, given the slog features a sticky stretch of M25. Here, the automated handbrake and engine lower are silently blessed each day. Idling in visitors hasn’t ever been so placid, in Alcantara tranquillity. The company however posture-friendly seats, the tactile end of each not easy and cushy surfaces, the enjoyable glow from the pointy dashboard, device cluster and big navigation display screen, augmented with a private soundtrack of BBC 6 Music at the sonorous Bang & Olufsen non-compulsory sound device… it’s like a private day by day spa in a five-star lodge. Homely? Absolutely no longer. But the medical sense of cool detachment is a comforting novelty at this time. Yet few wish to reside in a lodge eternally, regardless of the usual of pampering. Let’s see if glacial perfection wears skinny.
The supple journey from the adaptive air suspension contributes to the calm, because the circle of relatives attest on a weekend chauffeur day out to Brighton for a place of 16th birthday buying groceries. The youngsters grin with generally hard-to-win approval at this slice of the finer existence. The A6 is born for immediately and true highways.