A snapshot is all we’ve got to go on here when describing the A6 Avant’s potential to be smooth and slick to drive, to soothe away the miles, to carry a heavy load and still handle securely, and to keep you interested in the driving experience as it’s doing so.
There are, as has become the norm with modern executive cars, myriad A6 driving experiences you might end up buying, with four different suspension configurations on the table for a kick-off; with front-wheel drive and two different quattro four-wheel-drive configurations on top; with two different steering configurations to choose from; and, on certain models, an electronic Sport locking rear differential also available.
Our car was from what we might think of as the middle of the A6’s dynamic spectrum: it had adaptively damped steel coil suspension, front-wheel drive and standard ‘progressive’ (or passive variable ratio) steering. And the way it behaved – on motorways, A-roads, B-roads and city streets alike – seemed plucked studiously and entirely out of Audi’s time-honoured playbook. There were one or two surprises buried deeper within the car’s dynamic make-up, but nothing to make your eyes widen or your jaw muscles spontaneously relax. This is every inch the old-school big Audi done for the current age.