Used Audi A6 Avant 1997 - 2005 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

1997 - 2005 review
Audi A6 Avant (97 - 05)
  • Audi A6 Avant (97 - 05)
  • Audi A6 Avant (97 - 05)
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What's the used Audi A6 estate like?

Whether covering long distances in hushed, relaxed calm or transporting flat-pack furniture, the Audi A6 Avant will get the job done in style.

The luggage area is easily accessed and roomy – bigger than a BMW 5 Series Touring's, if not quite as capacious as a Mercedes E-Class's.

The rear bench swallows three in comfort and there's masses of space up front. All sit in a smartly designed, solidly constructed cabin, where the controls are laid out neatly and logically. No rival has a cabin as good as this.

The engines are all smooth and respond strongly without needing to be revved too hard. Combine that with the almost total lack of wind and road noise, and you're left with a refined cruiser.

The ride quality may get under your skin after a while, though – the A6 feels unsettled and fidgety. The handling is stodgy, too, although four-wheel-drive quattro versions are slightly better.