2018 Audi A6 verdict

Audi's luxury car gets a raft of updates for its fifth-generation model, including mild hybrid engines and self-driving technology – but has all that made the car more appealing?...

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Doug Revolta
17 May 2017 21:1 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

The new A6 carries on where the previous model left off, being classy, refined and spacious. The new interior is exquisitely put together, while rear passengers have even more room to stretch out. It’s just a shame that the infotainment system is complicated to use.

To drive, it may not offer the fulfilling, enjoyable experience of a BMW 5 Series or Jaguar XF, but the A6 still allows smooth and relaxing progress – in the luxury car class, this is crucial. As for the mild hybrid technology, from our initial experience it feels more like a headline-grabbing gimmick than something especially beneficial to buyers; we’d like to see a more substantial impact on fuel economy and CO2 emissions, as it is worse than an equivalent 5 Series for the former and only marginally better for the latter.

Pricing and engine specs have yet to be finalised, but the range will kick off from around £38,000, meaning the tech-heavy A6 is likely to be quite a pricey option in this segment. The latest updates have improved its case for consideration, but a final judgement on how well the new A6 stacks up against its nearest rivals will have to wait until more specifications are announced as well as our full UK group test.

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