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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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44 reader reviews for Audi A6 Avant.
  • 2.7 TDI SE 5dr

    Stephen Boardman , Fife . Date: 06/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Ours is the quattro version, which has now covered 5,000 enjoyable miles over 4 months. The car has been totally fault-free (unlike our A2), and the only grumbles we have are lack of iPod connectivity and the sunglasses holder is too small! Phantom black pearlescent paint looks good when clean!

    The car is very taut, never a rattle or squeak. Overall noise levels are commendably low, and the engine is superb but it's obvious that this is a heavy car. We'd have the 3 litre diesel if money was no object, along with Xenon headlamps - the halogen lights are not brilliant. The Tiptronic is fun when driving on twisty country roads. Optional sports seats very supportive , and the ride on 17" alloys is fine most of the time, but a bit harsh at low speed (better that the S line though). Roadholding is excellent - very surefooted through puddles and tight bends. It never feels like a big car, until parking that is. The front & rear sensors take the guesswork out of parking. The MMI and sound system are great - doubt whether the BOSE system is worth the extra.

    We get 37 mpg on a good run, 33-34 mpg locally but only 26 mpg around town.

  • 3.0 V6 TDI Quattro SE 225 5dr

    Stephen Woodward Date: 30/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car in May and I'm already regretting it. Not because of the car, which is wonderful, but because my wife seems intent on stealing it from me and making me drive her Mazda RX8 (nice car, but no comparison).

    There are two things about this car that I absolutly wanted to avoid when originally deciding to get a new car: I did not want a diesel, and I did not want an automatic. Now, with 7,000 km on the clock, I really don't know what the fuss was about. The diesel engine runs superbly, with consumption of around 8 litres/100km (sorry, don't know what that is in MPG), and the Tiptronic gearbox is excellent. The gear paddles on the steering wheel mean that I do not miss a manual at all, and I still feel I have the same control over the car. It can be a little sluggish if you want to make a quick getaway, so the Sport mode on the gearbox is a plus, but I cannot otherwise fault the performance at all.

    I was able to buy the car with a number of packages offering leather, sat nav and aircon, but even then, the extras really push up the price of this car. It is certainly no bargain, but I don't regret buying it at all, unless the missus has her way and takes it off me....

  • 3.0 V6 TDI Quattro SE 225 5dr

    Simon Ashworth Date: 27/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The 3.0 TDI is an amazing engine. The performance is astonishing - it accelerates willingly right through the legal range and beyond. The power is very usable because of the four-wheel drive. All this happens almost in silence; most petrol cars clatter far more!

    Forget Mercedes - its diesels rattle by comparison. I have managed 27mpg without trying to be economical. The air suspension is superb, too. The car is fabulously stable at speed, and knocks the Mercedes C- and E-Class into a cocked hat. The paddle change is quick, too.

    I rate the sat-nav system, Bluetooth phone, and digital radio, too. The MMI interface is easy to use and works well, but the track and CD change functions on the steering wheel are fiddly - you need to press two or three times, and the same for the phone.

    Voice control is slow and haphazard - some words it just doesn't get. The keyless entry system is cool, but probably not worth the money. The solar panel sunroof is slightly mis-sold - it only runs the air-conditioning while you are in the car. It doesn't keep the car cool (or warm) all day as I believed.

    Gripes? I wish Audi would follow Japanese manufacturers, which offer lots of extras to protect against depreciation. It would be nice if the rear seats could move back when not using the boot, too. The extra legroom for children is always welcome. The steering wheel should extend closer to driver, too, and the radio needs an iPod link. Should a seven-seater be built, too?

  • 2.7 TDI SE 5dr

    Gary Collins Date: 04/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having replaced a 2.4-litre petrol Audi A6 Avant with 90,ooo miles, I was a little hesitant about switching to a diesel. I need have no fears - when cruising on motorways it delivers power with ease and 42mpg (which beats the Honda Accord) at speeds which I can't quote here.

    Above 2,500 revs it is very, very quick and smooth, too.

    If you are considering the Avant I can recommend the air suspension - my previous car was a Sport model (i.e. no suspension), and comparatively air suspension really transforms the car - it should be a standard fit.

    Another 'must' is the factory fit Bluetooth phone kit - it's very expensive, however the installation of a Nokia kit has proved very difficult and gives poor quality sound (partly due to the radio being in the boot).

    Build quality is up to the usual Audi standards - absolutely fantastic. I have only done 17,000 miles in five months, but have had no problems, and it has used no oil (my 2.4 petrol used one litre of oil every 3000-4000 miles.

    My final quibble is that there is no MP3 connection on the stereo.

    I am about to part with the car as leaving present employer and will feel its loss.

    Would I have another? Yes please, but next time with an automatic gearbox. The six-speed manual is OK, but the tiptronic box is nice to use with steering controls.

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