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All-new Audi A6 Avant revealed

  • Order books open by June
  • Likely to cost from around 31,700
  • Lighter and slightly bigger boot
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Audi's new A6 Avant estate will go on sale by the end of June and cost from around 31,700.

The upmarket estate is almost identical in size to its predecessor, but extensive use of aluminium in the body panels means it's up to 70kg lighter than before.

Boot space with the rear seats in place is the same as before at 565 litres. This puts it five litres ahead of the BMW 5 Series, but 130 litres down on the Mercedes E-Class Estate. With the rear seats folded there's 1680 litres of room in the Audi compared with 1670 litres in the BMW and 1950 in the Mercedes.

Buyers have the option of having a powered tailgate that can be opened automatically just be waving your foot beneath the rear bumper. Lashing hooks, side restraining straps, a double floor and rail luggage fixing system are all standard.

All of the other features found in the latest A6 saloon will be available in the estate, including a Google maps-driven sat-nav, mobile Wifi hotspot and LED headlights and brakelights.

Six engines will be offered. There are two petrols of 201bhp and 296bhp and four diesels with 175bhp, 201bhp, 242bhp and 309bhp.

All have stop-start systems which, in tandem with other improvements, mean fuel consumption is up to 18% better than on the previous model.

A wide range of drivetrains are available for the front- or four-wheel-drive car including a six-speed manual, a seven-speed S tronic automatic, a continuously variable multitronic or an eight-speed tiptronic.