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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The A6 is blessed with a strong image and even stronger build quality

Against The ride is unsettled too easily for a car in this class, and the handling is stodgy, too

Verdict It's an immensely capable, reliable business or family car with a great load area

Go for… 2.5 V6 turbodiesel

Avoid… V8 versions

Audi A6 Avant
  • 1. The luggage area is bigger than a BMW 5 Series' but smaller than a Mercedes E-Class's
  • 2. Pay particular attention to the suspension - it's the area that gives most trouble
  • 3. Diesels are the easiest cars to find, especially 1.9TDI SE with an auto 'box
  • 4. Check for clutch slip and hard-worked (especially four-cylinder) engines
  • 5. Test the electrics thoroughly, especially windows and warning lights
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