Audi’s E-Class Estate rival adopts sleek sloping roofline without sacrificing practicality
Jim Holder
10 April 2018

The new Audi A6 Avant’s aggressively sloping bootline has been achieved without compromising load space and negates the need for the company to produce a shooting brake version of the car “like some of our competitors”, according to its head of exterior design, Helmut Jung.

Q&A: Helmut Jung, Audi A6 Avant exterior designer

The remark – likely referring to Mercedes – highlights Audi’s confidence that it has produced a car that will appeal to buyers both for its practicality and its looks. “This is a car that delivers on both fronts,” said Jung. “Usually such a dramatic line as the slope we have from the roof to the boot brings compromises but, because of the extended length of the car and some clever design work, we have exactly the same boot space as before.”

The A6 Avant’s boot volume extends from 565 litres to 1680 litres depending on whether the rear seats are up or down. Further practicality is added by functions that allow the seats to be laid almost flat at the push of a button and an optional feature that enables the boot to be opened by the key holder waving their foot under the rear bumper.

The boot capacity has also benefited from the car being 12mm longer than before. Additional packaging gains mean the boot length is 27mm longer, and cabin space is also enlarged in the front and rear as a result of a longer wheelbase. The cabin gains are said to particularly benefit elbow room throughout and rear knee room, which was criticised in the previous-generation model.

As with the saloon version of the A6, Jung highlighted the inspiration of the Audi Quattro in the styling, particularly for the blistered wheel arches. He also noted a personal goal of giving the car the visual impact of the 100 Avant. “The goal was a sporty, clean, progressive look,” said Jung. “It had to invoke the spirit of Quattro but also look timeless – we are in the business of creating cars that will look good in 10 years’ time, not just in this moment.”

Elsewhere, the A6 Avant follows the themes set by the saloon, such as its interior look and technology, including Audi’s new MMI and voice control systems. An all-wheel steering system is also available, to boost stability at speed and reduce the near five-metre-long car’s turning circle to 11.1 metres – one metre less than that of the outgoing car.

The A6 Avant will likely launch in the UK with the V6 pairing of the 286ps 50 TDI diesel and 340ps 55 TFSI petrol, both linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and mild hybrid system. Four-cylinder options will be launched at a later date.

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10 April 2018

That is virtually indiscernible from the previous mark. you have to really scrat around in the details to make that premise valid. slightly different lights and exhaust trim, slight different shape. Im sure someone somewhere gets excited by this incremental evolution rubbish but this sector is so achingly dull i guess this is the height of excitement. im siure it will look magnificent carrying its sole occupant up and down the A and M roads of the country Zzzzzzzzz

11 April 2018
xansamaff wrote:

That is virtually indiscernible from the previous mark. you have to really scrat around in the details to make that premise valid. slightly different lights and exhaust trim, slight different shape. Im sure someone somewhere gets excited by this incremental evolution rubbish but this sector is so achingly dull i guess this is the height of excitement. im siure it will look magnificent carrying its sole occupant up and down the A and M roads of the country Zzzzzzzzz

You're being a jerk. This is a terrific looking car. The best looking estate yet.

11 April 2018

Best looking estate yet? Really? I think its a good looking estate but as xansamaff wrote its hardly the dramatic new styling the report implies, its very evolutionary. Personally I prefer the latest Volvo estates, but would rather this to any Q suv.

11 April 2018
manicm][quote=xansamaff wrote:

You're being a jerk. This is a terrific looking car. The best looking estate yet.

You have very good tastes! You must be the idol of ugly women.

11 April 2018
manicm wrote:
xansamaff wrote:

That is virtually indiscernible from the previous mark. you have to really scrat around in the details to make that premise valid. slightly different lights and exhaust trim, slight different shape. Im sure someone somewhere gets excited by this incremental evolution rubbish but this sector is so achingly dull i guess this is the height of excitement. im siure it will look magnificent carrying its sole occupant up and down the A and M roads of the country Zzzzzzzzz

You're being a jerk. This is a terrific looking car. The best looking estate yet.

 

Hell NO!!! You gotta be a Audi fan boy to think this is the best looking estate. Personally, Would rather take the XF sportbrake or Volvo equivalent to this all day.

11 April 2018
manicm wrote:
xansamaff wrote:

That is virtually indiscernible from the previous mark. you have to really scrat around in the details to make that premise valid. slightly different lights and exhaust trim, slight different shape. Im sure someone somewhere gets excited by this incremental evolution rubbish but this sector is so achingly dull i guess this is the height of excitement. im siure it will look magnificent carrying its sole occupant up and down the A and M roads of the country Zzzzzzzzz

You're being a jerk. This is a terrific looking car. The best looking estate yet.

 

Hell NO!!! You gotta be a Audi fan boy to think this is the best looking estate. Personally, Would rather take the XF sportbrake or Volvo equivalent to this all day.

12 April 2018
GODFATHER wrote:

manicm wrote:
xansamaff wrote:

That is virtually indiscernible from the previous mark. you have to really scrat around in the details to make that premise valid. slightly different lights and exhaust trim, slight different shape. Im sure someone somewhere gets excited by this incremental evolution rubbish but this sector is so achingly dull i guess this is the height of excitement. im siure it will look magnificent carrying its sole occupant up and down the A and M roads of the country Zzzzzzzzz

You're being a jerk. This is a terrific looking car. The best looking estate yet.

 

Hell NO!!! You gotta be a Audi fan boy to think this is the best looking estate. Personally, Would rather take the XF sportbrake or Volvo equivalent to this all day.

You wrote “fanboy”, instantly makes you a tool who will not be listened to. Are you 12 years old?

12 April 2018

or utterly deluded. take the badge away they would sell about 5 a year. awful derivative, unimaginative, box derived, academic design exercise dull business transport.. im sure the engineering is great if utterly and totally sleep inducing, its just the same thing slightly changed boring boring boring

11 April 2018
xansamaff wrote:

That is virtually indiscernible from the previous mark. you have to really scrat around in the details to make that premise valid. slightly different lights and exhaust trim, slight different shape. Im sure someone somewhere gets excited by this incremental evolution rubbish but this sector is so achingly dull i guess this is the height of excitement. im siure it will look magnificent carrying its sole occupant up and down the A and M roads of the country Zzzzzzzzz

 

Yet more deadly dull Russian Doll styling from AUDI.

 

I bet its dull to drive too.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

11 April 2018

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