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A6 Avant

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From 8.3s
7 speed s-tronic and 8-speed tiptronic
Max Speed:
Up to 155mph
Petrol and Diesel
From 204hp
Up to 49.6mpg

Trim Levels


► 18” x 8.0J ‘5-arm’ design alloy wheels with 225/55 R18 tyres
► Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
► Tyre repair kit
► Tool kit and car jack

Performance and suspension
► Standard suspension
► quattro all-wheel drive with self-locking centre differential (50 TDI quattro) – permanent all-wheel drive with dynamic torque distribution works using a selflocking centre differential and wheel selective torque control
► Audi Drive Select
► Progressive steering – enhances driving dynamics and ride comfort by regulating the steering according to the driving situation. With this technology, driving is significantly more agile under everyday conditions, while directional stability and precision are increased at high speeds and in demanding driving situations
► 12 volt Mild Hybrid (40 TDI)
► 48 volt Mild Hybrid (50 TDI quattro) – Mild Hybrid technology adds hybrid functions to conventional TFSI and TDI engines. A belt-starter-alternator (BSG) and additional lithium-ion battery
reduce fuel consumption/CO2 emissions by increasing recuperation and switching off the combustion engine for trips at less than 99mph (emission-free coasting, only in conjunction with
automatic transmission). Permanent connection of the BSG to the combustion engine ensures that the engine starts comfortably and with low vibration. Start/stop mode can be used up to a
speed of 15mph for TFSI engines with automatic transmission, and up to a speed of 9mph for all other engine/gearbox variants. Depending on equipment options, the engine electronics
with automatic transmission link together various electronic systems, such as sensors for traffic ahead and navigation data, for coasting to suit the driving situation.

► LED front and rear lights – all-weather headlights with dynamic headlight adjustment and light strip. Full LED headlights include: dipped beam, high beam, indicators and turning light to
enable a near-daylight illumination of the road. The LED technology impresses with reduced energy consumption, increased service life, and provides particularly good perception by other
road users. Features a distinctive front and rear Audi Light Design in day and night.

Exterior equipment
► Body-coloured door mirrors, electrically adjustable, heated and folding with memory function and integrated LED indicator
► Radiator grille in Titanium black, with chrome single-frame and horizontal struts in Aluminium silver
► Side air intake grille in Matt black with Matt aluminium inlay
► Rear diffuser in Matt black with chrome diffuser strip and tailpipes
► Windscreen with acoustic glazing
► Side and rear windows in heat-insulating glass
► Towbar preparation
► Aluminium roof rails (Avant models only)
► Rear roof spoiler (Avant models only)

► Standard seats in Twin leather
► Manually adjustable front seats
► 4-way electric lumbar support
► Heated front seats
► Split-folding 3-seat rear seat bench (40:20:40) with rear centre armrest

► Inlays in Aluminium fragment

Interior equipment
► 3-spoke multi-function high leather steering wheel with shift paddles
► Deluxe 2-zone electronic climate control
► Cloth headlining in Lunar silver
► Leather gear lever
► LED Interior Ambient Lighting Pack – includes the following:
► Front and rear roof module, including reading lights
► Vanity mirror for driver and front passenger, illuminated
► Entry lights on bottom of doors, front/rear
► Inside door handles, front/rear
► Storage compartment, front
► Glove compartment
► Footwell lighting, front/rear
► Luggage compartment lighting, right/left
► Ambient cloth grid lighting of doors, front/rear
► Courtesy lighting on outer door handles, front/rear
► Ambient lighting of instrument panel
► Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
► Auto-dimming and frameless rear-view mirror
► Front centre armrest
► Front and rear floor mats
► Leatherette on upper instrument panel and door shoulders
► Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors

► Luggage Compartment System (Avant models only)
► Power-operated tailgate (Avant models only)

Audio and communication
► MMI Navigation with MMI Touch – includes the following:
► 8.8” full HD touch screen colour display (top screen)
► 8.6” full HD touch screen (bottom screen)
► Online map updates (includes 5 free updates)
► Traffic information online* – navigation factors in current traffic levels based on real-time information
► myAudi special destinations* – import custom point-of-interest (POI) lists to the vehicle via the myAudi portal
► Detailed route information – map preview, choice of alternative routes, POIs, lane recommendations, motorway exits, detailed junction maps, etc.
► Use of navigation data for predictive and efficient driving, e.g. speed limits and changes
► Country information – display country information, e.g. about applicable speed limits, road toll requirements, etc. when crossing a border
► MMI Radio Plus
► 10GB flash memory for music, DVD drive (MP3, WMA, AAC, MPEG-4), AUX-IN port
► USB port with charge function
► High-resolution 7” colour Driver Information System – high-resolution 7” full colour display in the instrument cluster offering an excellent overview and readability of information.
Displays information, such as navigation map and driver assistance systems, as well as more recognised information such as time or driving statistics
► Audi Sound System:
► 6-channel amplifier
► 180 watt amplifying capacity
► 10 loudspeakers including subwoofer
► Audi Music Interface – 2 USB ports with charge and data functions
► Audi Connect (36-month subscription)
► Audi Connect Safety and Service (e-call)
► Audi Smartphone Interface†
► DAB digital radio
► Bluetooth interface**

Driver assistance
► Audi Pre-sense Front – monitors the traffic in front of the vehicle for potential collision hazards. The system provides multiple levels of driver support. The first is a warning signal,
and the second a warning jerk caused by brief braking
► Lane departure warning – helps, within the system limits, to prevent unintentional departure from the lane. When the system is active and operational, and if the driver has not turned
on the indicator, the lane departure warning performs corrective steering interventions to prevent the vehicle traversing from the lane. The driver may select an additional steering wheel
vibration as desired. Operating range from approximately 37 to a maximum of 155mph^
► Cruise control system with speed limiter
► Parking System Plus (front and rear sensors) – Acoustic and Visual Park Assist system for the front and rear with the MMI display showing a graphical representation of the distance
to any obstacle detected outside and within the driving path. This also shows the calculated path (steer-angle-dependent), including guidelines. Measurement is via ultrasonic sensors
concealed in the bumpers
► Rear-view camera – an image of the area behind the vehicle is shown on the MMI display, with dynamic display modes highlighting the calculated path (steer-angle dependent).
The reversing camera is concealed in the handle strip of the luggage compartment lid
► Keyless go
► Electro-mechanical parking brake

Safety and security
► 63-litre fuel tank
► 24-litre AdBlue® tank (TDI models)
► Light and rain sensor
► Anti-theft alarm with tow-away protection
► Side airbags, front and rear including head airbag system
► First aid kit with warning triangle
► ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation

In addition to Sport, the S line trim highlights include:

► 19’’ x 8.5 J ‘5-twin-spoke’ design, contrasting grey, partly polished alloy wheels

Performance and suspension
► Sport suspension – firmer suspension and damping for more direct road contact with sportier handling and 10mm lower, compared to the standard suspension

► Audi Matrix LED headlights with dynamic rear indicators – a direct evolution of Audi’s LED headlights, Audi Matrix technology provides maximum and precise illumination at all times
whilst reducing the risk of dazzling other road users. The vehicle uses information obtained from multiple sources including the interior mirror camera and navigation system to identify
the appropriate lighting required. Using GPS data, the vehicle will use high beam, but will automatically switch to dipped lighting when entering built-up areas; whilst high beam is in use, and
oncoming traffic is detected, the Matrix beam dips or fully extinguishes individual lighting diodes. Matrix beam is capable of establishing and tracking multiple road users and illuminating the appropriate corridor of lights either side of them to maintain maximum visibility of the road and surrounding environment without causing disruption to other drivers. Matrix beam technology
includes rear indicators which sweep from inside to out. This helps to clearly identify not only that the vehicle is turning, but in which direction. Also includes headlight washers
► Signature front LED daytime-running light and rear LED light design.

Exterior equipment
► S line styling:
► Front and rear bumpers
► Side skirts
► Rear diffuser and grille in Matt black with Matt aluminium tailpipes
► Air inlet design with inlay in Matt aluminium
► S line badge on front fender
► Roof edge spoiler (Avant models only)
► Exterior mirrors electrically adjustable, heated and folding, with memory
► Privacy glass (side and rear windows)
► Front Sport seats with leather/Alcantara upholstery with S embossed logo
► Electrically adjustable front seats with memory function for the driver’s side

► Inlays in Matt brushed aluminium, dark

Interior equipment
► Perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching
► Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
► Cloth headlining in black
► S line front and rear floor mats with contrast stitching
► Pedals in stainless steel

In addition to S line, the Black Edition trim highlights include:


  • 20" x 8.5J '5-V-spoke' star design alloy wheels, matt titanium look with 255/40 R20 tyres

Exterior equipment

  • Black Styling Pack – includes radiator grille and frame, front and rear air intakes, window trims in black, door mirror housing and S line side skirts in High-gloss black
  • Privacy glass – dark-tinted rear and rear-side windows

Interior equipment

  • Flat-bottomed 3-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel

Vorsprug Edition


  • 21” x 8.5 J Audi Sport cast aluminium wheels in 5-double-arm design, matt titanium look and high-sheen with 255/35 R 21 tire

Performance and Suspension

  • Adaptive air suspension (50 TDI & 55 TFSI only)
  • Suspension with damper control (40 TDI, 40 TDI quattro & 45 TFSI quattro only)
  • Dynamic all-wheel steering (excluding 40 TDI)

Exterior equipment

  • HD Matrix LED headlights Audi Beam
  • Panoramic glass sunroof

Interior equipment

  • Power door closure
  • Electric steering column
  • Full leather pack
  • Head-up display
  • Extended LED interior lighting pack - multi-coloured
  • 4-zone deluxe automatic climate control
  • Flat-bottomed 3-spoke leather high multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles


  • Front Super Sport Seats
  • Valcona Leather with Diamond Stitching and S embossing
  • Heated front and rear seats

Audio and Communication

  • MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch in addition to standard MMI Navigation with MMI Touch – includes the following  
  • 10.1” full HD touch screen colour display (top screen)
  • 8.6” full HD touch screen (bottom screen)
  • 3D city models with realistic building texture and road lane illustration for selected cities*
  • Navigation with Google Earth™*
  • Personal route assistance*
  • Enhanced Points-of-Interest (POI) search with voice control*
  • Natural voice recognition – lets you control your A6’s technology in a more intuitive way, recognising a wider range of conversational commands for a more natural interaction between car and driver*
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit Innovative 12.3” full colour digital instrument cluster for the flexible display of information tailored to the driver’s needs.  The ‘view’ button on the multi-function steering wheel allows you to change between two differently sized representations of the instrument dials. The display with small instruments allows the onboard computer and MMI contents to be shown across the dull display area. Audi Virtual Cockpit can display the following:
  • Vehicle/engine speed
  • 3D navigation map
  • Audi Connect servicesRadio/media information
  • Driver assistance systems
  • All MMI functionalities (e.g. telephone, car settings)
  • Audi Phone Box with wireless charging Offers wireless charging (with Qi-enabled compatible phones) and creates an additional Bluetooth interface for a second device, meaning 2 mobile phones can be connected to the vehicle simultaneously.
  • Bang & Olufsen Sound reproduction via 16 loudspeakers, including 3D sound speakers, centre speaker and subwoofer 16-channel amplifier with a total output of 730 watts Spatial sound reproduction thanks to the 3D sound feature for the front seats. This is generated by additional full-range loudspeakers in the A-piller, the mid-range speakers, and the Fraunhofer Symphoria® technology. The 3D sound can be generated from all sources. This creates an exceptionally authentic 3D surround experience, giving occupants a first-row concert all experience

Driver Assistance

  • Tour Pack
  • Adaptive Cruise Assist Supports the driver when accelerating, braking, maintaining distances, and with steering in the range of 0–155mph.* Within the system limits, the system detects the lane markings, structures next to the road, vehicles in adjacent lanes and multiple vehicles ahead. The system can be adjusted in single and 6mph increments between 19mph and 155mph.* The system will keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane and maintain speed and distance, or adjust the speed to the situation. This is all made possible by the radar sensor, front camera and ultrasonic sensors that permanently monitor the vehicle surroundings. Using information such as speed restrictions, the MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch uses the data from the predictive efficiency assistant to control speed even when there are no vehicles ahead, encouraging economical driving.
  • Camera-based traffic sign recognition Speed limit and traffic sign display via the Driver’s Information System (DIS) detects speed limits (including temporary limits) and overtaking restrictions. Within system limits, driving conditions are also displayed when driving in wet conditions. Up to 3 traffic signs can be displayed in the Audi Virtual Cockpit at any one time
  • Audi Pre-sense Basic Where necessary, actions are taken to help protect the driver and passengers if a potential collision is detected. Includes the following:
  • Seat belt tightening for front and rear
  • Closing the windows
  • Closing the sunroof (if fitted)
  • Park Assistant plus when activated the system searches for suitable parking spaces along the road by means of ultrasonic sensors and calculates the ideal parking path. The vehicle then takes over and performs the steering, acceleration and braking automatically. The system can support the driver with:
  • Parallel parking in reverse and forwards
  • Exiting a parallel parking space, driving forwards
  • Bay parking, both in reverse and forwards
  • City Assist Pack
  • Audi Side Assist When activated, the system aids the driver when changing lanes. Audi Side Assist monitors the area behind the vehicle, using radar sensors located discreetly in the rear bumper, informing the driver with a visual warning signal in the door mirror if there is a vehicle in their blind spot or approaching quickly from behind.
  • Pre-sense Rear Monitors vehicles following from behind, and if a potential collision is detected, the driver is first warned visually via a flashing light.
  • Audi Pre-sense Basic measures (e.g. closing windows) are initiated and then if a collision is unavoidable, the system will tighten the front seat belts. The system is deactivated when towing.
  • Cross Traffic Assist Front Within system limits, warns the driver of traffic crossing in front or to the side of the vehicle, using vehicle sensors. The system first alerts the driver visually and then acoustically via the MMI. A brake jolt is applied if a potential collision is detected. The system can also assist the driver at crossings and exits with poor visibility, and warn against a possible collision with oncoming traffic detected from the side.

Behind The Wheel

Attractive station wagons go by the name of Avant. The new A6 Avant underscores this Audi claim by combining high everyday utility with dynamic design. It is the first Avant model in the new Audi design language, which is characterised by large, athletically taut surfaces, sharp lines and short overhangs.

A wide, low Single frame grille dominates the front of the new A6 Avant. A distinctive silhouette with a stretched front end and trapezoid window surfaces characterise the side view. Brawny blisters over the wheel arches emphasise the quattro drive. The sinewy roof line flows into a roof edge spoiler, which makes the side view appear even longer. The Avant’s D-pillars and rear window are particularly sloping, which reinforces the dynamic appearance. An aluminium trim strip joins the two rear lights and visually underscores the width of the car. As alternatives to the series version, customers can choose the sport and design trim lines as well as the S line exterior package.

The new A6 Avant rolls off the assembly line with LED headlights as standard. Audi offers Matrix LED headlights and HD Matrix LED headlight with high-resolution, adaptive high beam as options. Five horizontal lines draw the daylight running light signature with this option. The optional dynamic turn signal and the pulsating coming-home and leaving-home sequences set additional accents.

The elegant, puristic architecture in the interior of the new Audi A6 Avant harmonises perfectly with the operating concept. Dominating the slender instrument panel is a black, glass-like surface into which the upper MMI touch response display is integrated. This display is tilted toward the driver. The emphatically horizontal body line in the interior underscores the impression of generous space. In the dark, the optional contour ambient lighting package highlights this spaciousness.

Audi offers a choice of four trim lines in addition to the base version: sport, design, design selection and S line sport package, each of which has its own colour concept. The shades are progressive and elegant; the materials are sophisticated and includes such things as Valcona leather and trim panels in open-pore wood. The S line exterior package can be combined with any of the trim lines.

With frequent drivers and commuters in mind, the A6 Avant provides an extensive range of driver assistance systems. These use refined control mechanisms to enhance convenience and provide additional support for drivers’ tasks. Besides the standard “Audi pre sense front” emergency braking assist, customers can choose a total of 39 assistants in two different packages. The individual systems are bundled into the packages City and Tour.

The Tour package includes the adaptive cruise assist with narrowed road assist. It conveniently handles longitudinal and lateral guidance in stop-and-go traffic right down to a standstill and over the entire speed range, and also supports the driver by accelerating and braking to maintain the set speed or distance to the vehicle ahead.

The supplemental efficiency assist function enables the adaptive cruise assist to predictively adjust speed to speed limits, curves and roundabouts. If route guidance is active, it can even adjust speed for turns. The driver sees the target speed on the display. In doing so, the system always adapts the driving style to the selected driving program, from efficient to sporty.

Another highlight is the emergency assist, which provides for greater safety. It detects when the driver is inactive and provides a visual, acoustic or haptic warning depending on the hazard. If this does not prompt a reaction, the system takes control of the A6 Avant and automatically stops it in its own lane with the hazard warning lights on. This also activates pre sense safety measures and, depending on the country, triggers an automatic emergency call.

With the City package, five systems assist the driver: The crossing assist warns of critical cross-traffic in front of the car, and Audi pre sense 360° warns of vehicles approaching from the side. The rear cross traffic assist detects approaching vehicles when slowly driving backwards, for example when pulling out of a parking spot perpendicular to the road. Exit warning and lane change warning supplement the package. Additional systems, such as the trailer manoeuvre assist, are available separately.

All of these systems are managed by the central driver assistance controller (zFAS). It continuously generates a differentiated model of the car’s surroundings. Depending on the equipment level, it uses data from as many as five radar sensors, six cameras, twelve ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner.

The standard infotainment system in the new Audi A6 Avant is MMI navigation, which can be upgraded to the top system, MMI navigation plus. Its data transfer module supports the LTE Advanced standard and incorporates a Wi-Fi hotspot. The self-learning navigation system recognises the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys and uses this information to make intelligent suggestions as a destination is being entered. The route is calculated online on the servers of service provider HERE and also in the car.

The Audi connect portfolio offers numerous online services, including several Car-to-X services. With the optional Audi connect key, customers can lock and unlock their new A6 Avant via an Android smartphone. The myAudi app connects the car with the owner’s smartphone. The Audi phone box enables telephony via the Voice-over-LTE protocol. The Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System uses a total of 19 speakers to deliver fascinating 3D sound, including in the rear.

All engines in the new A6 Avant come with Audi’s new mild hybrid technology (MHEV). In real-world driving, this can reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 km. With the V6 engines, it operates with 48 V, while the four-cylinder engines use a 12 V electrical system. The belt alternator starter, the heart of the MHEV system, recovers up to 12 kW with the 48 V system during braking and feeds the electricity into a separate lithium-ion battery. At speeds between 34.2 and 99.4 mph, the A6 Avant models can coast with the combustion engine deactivated. The start-stop range begins at 13.7 mp), 9.3 mph with the 204hp, four-cylinder diesel engine.

In the MMI touch response operating concept of the new Audi A6 Avant, the driver controls nearly all functions on two large displays. The driver manages infotainment and navigation on the upper, 10.1-inch display (when equipped with MMI navigation plus). The 8.6-inch display below that is used to for climate control, comfort and convenience functions and text input, during which the driver can rest their wrist on the gear selector lever.

With its haptic and acoustic feedback, the MMI touch response technology is fast and safe. Operation is via touch and swipe gestures, just like with a smartphone. The menu structure is logical and flat. Direct access buttons for various functions on the upper screen and shortcuts on the lower screen allow the user to personalise the arrangement of many icons.

MMI navigation plus also includes the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit, which has a 12.3-inch screen and is operated with the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel. A head-up display is optionally available. The standard natural language voice control turns the new A6 Avant into a dialogue partner. It uses both onboard data as well as information from the cloud to respond to commands and questions. Individual profiles for up to six users plus a guest profile can be used to store roughly 400 preferred settings for a number of vehicle functions and features.

Compared with the previous model, the suspension of the new A6 Avant offers an even wider spread between dynamics and comfort. The standard progressive steering, which is already direct, works with greater return forces as steering angle increases for a sporty driving feel. Its new control concept provides intense road feedback without transferring unpleasant jolts to the steering wheel.

Audi offers dynamic-all-wheel steering as an option. It combines manoeuvrability, agility and stability in a whole new way. At speeds up to 37.3 mph, the rear wheels turn as much as five degrees in the opposite direction to the front wheels. Rear-axle steering thus reduces the Avant’s turning circle by as much as one meter to 11.1 meters. This makes the A6 Avant much more agile on winding country roads. At higher speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in the same direction. This improves both straight-line tracking and stability when changing lanes.

Audi offers a choice of four suspension variants in the new A6 Avant: the standard steel-spring suspension, the sport suspension, the suspension with damper control and the adaptive air suspension, also with controlled dampers. In addition to the dampers and the air springs, the electronic chassis platform (ECP) also manages the dynamic all-wheel steering and the sport differential, which actively distributes the drive torque as needed between the rear wheels during fast cornering.

The driver can adjust the settings for all controlled suspensions in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system – in the modes efficient, auto, comfort and dynamic. The dynamic all-wheel steering varies its ratio and the degree of feedback, for example. The new Audi A6 Avant stands on wheels measuring up to 21 inches, which boast exceptional ride and noise comfort even at this size.

The new Audi A6 Avant will launch on the European markets with three turbocharged engines. The entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TDI with an output of 204 hp in the A6 Avant 40 TDI. Above that are two V6 TDI engines with a displacement of 3.0 litres. These have an output of 231 hp in the A6 Avant 45 TDI  and 286 hp in the A6 Avant 50 TDI.

The two V6 TDI units forward their power to an eight-speed tiptronic; the 2.0 TDI to a seven-speed S-tronic. quattro all-wheel drive is standard equipment with the V6 engines. Variants with tiptronic feature a self-locking centre differential. In combination with the S-tronic, the quattro ultra technology instantly connects the rear wheel drive when necessary. The optional sport differential is the ideal supplement to the V6 TDI units. During sporty cornering, it actively distributes the torque between the rear wheels.

Practicality and Boot Space

The new A6 Avant is a comfortable and practical car. The driver and passenger will have no reason to complain about the amount of room on offer in the front of the A6 and neither will the rear seat passengers - the is more than enough room to house to 6 footers with plenty of room to spare. The boot is very generous as well with 586 litres on offer behind the seats.

The Verdict...

Audi have always excelled with estate cars and the new A6 Avant is no exception. The interior as you would expect from Audi is full of tech and very luxurious - with strong engines and handsome looks, there is really nothing not to to like about the new A6 Avant.

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Comfortable and practical
Quality interior
Full of tech
Boot space not as big as rivals
Options are quite pricy
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