Audi’s designers seem to have something of a penchant for striking a balance between muscular athleticism and refined, handsome good looks when it comes to penning a car. With the possible exception of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, this latest A6 Avant could just be the best-looking estate – premium or otherwise – currently on the market.
However, despite the A6’s evident good looks, there’s no shaking the feeling that those same designers are becoming increasingly reliant on the same tried-and-tested formula to ensure aesthetic success. As with the A7 and A8, the A6 bears the same enlarged hexagonal grille that dominates the vast majority of front-end real estate, emphasising its width and lending the Bavarian wagon a purposeful, planted stance.
That said, on the Avant that grille isn’t quite as narrow or expansive as it is on the A7 – perhaps so that the practical estate doesn’t infringe on the fastback’s positioning as the more aggressive, sporting offering in Audi’s larger executive car range.
Side-on, it cuts a rather elegant shape too. The gently tapered roofline flows into a rather aggressively sloping bootline, although Audi claims that extending the A6’s footprint (it now measures 4.94m long) ensured that interior practicality hasn’t been compromised. Meanwhile, the blistered wheel arches – smartly filled by optional 20in wheels on our test car – are an inconspicuous nod to the original Quattro.