First Drive3.0-litre diesel Audi A6 makes it almost the perfect all-round large estate for those uninterested in driving
First DriveCosmetic, equipment and efficiency tweaks serve to increase the appeal of Audi’s practical A6 estate
Meet Audi's riposte to the taxman. The new 2.8-litre FSI V6 version of the A6 delivers most of the performance of the existing 3.2-litre motor while turning in better economy and emissions numbers than the old 2.4-litre unit that it replaces.
That translates into 210bhp, 32.5mpg and 209g/km of CO2 with the optional CVT auto 'box: impressive considering the amount of car being lugged around.
What's it like?
Pretty painless. The new engine combines reasonable low-down torque with a decently enthusiastic top-end, and although the CVT transmission is prone to the occasional low-speed lurch it settles down to deliver impressive low-rev motorway cruising speeds.
The rest of the A6 experience remains as before: a great cabin and strong equipment levels but a ride quality that gets too busy over rougher surfaces.
So, should I buy one?
For diesel-phobic company car users the 2.8 A6 makes a strong case for itself, but the 2.7-litre TDI is real-world faster and more frugal.