The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The A6 Avant's pedals – like those in the BMW 5 Series Touring – are a little offset to the right, but unlike its rival, it has electric lumbar adjustment as standard and a fully electrically adjustable driver’s seat from S line trim to give you loads of tweaking capability. This, combined with generous steering wheel rake and reach adjustment, means you should have no trouble getting comfortable before a trip. Even after a long motorway drive you’re likely to be free of twinges, although a brisk back-route blast might have you wishing for a bit more side support during cornering.
As standard you get Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which presents digital dials on a 12.3in screen. They're excellent, and you get lots of options for configuring the content and layout to show a wealth of useful information just below your sightline.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Seeing out of the front of the Audi A6 Avant and over its bonnet is no problem, and relatively slender windscreen pillars do little to interrupt your view out at roundabouts and junctions.
True, the rear screen is shallower and more steeply raked than that of the E-Class Estate, but parking is still relatively easy thanks to the front and rear sensors and a reversing camera that come as standard. Add the Comfort and Sound pack to get a useful 360deg camera system if you’re really worried about manoeuvring in tight spots.
Entry-level Sport trim models have powerful LED headlights while S line models get even more sophisticated Matrix beam headlights that can adapt their light output to suit the conditions; you don't even need to worry about dazzling other drivers.