Our overall rating:
Owners of executive cars demand a huge range of qualities: they need them to be quiet, luxurious, well equipped and good to drive, but also tax-efficient and affordable to run. If that wasn’t hard enough, the Audi A6 has some superb rivals, including the BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class.
Engines range from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel to a monstrous turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol, and the A6 is available in two- or four-wheel-drive form.
All of the engines are punchy and refined, and the A6’s interior looks and feels fantastic, even in entry-level SE form. There’s also plenty of equipment included as standard, and the 2.0 TDI version is particularly cheap to run as a company car.
The only downsides are the A6’s fiddly dashboard layout and the fact that some rivals are more fun to drive. Look beyond that, though, and the A6 is a sound choice, and certainly one of the best executives on the market.