What is it?
We’ve previously driven the fifth-generation, C8-type Audi A6 and so know about its mild-hybrid powertrains, Audi A8-apeing bodywork and divisive infotainment system. A full road test will also follow, so the examination is far from over.
But this is the first time we’ve had one on British highways and in right-hand-drive specification. It’s therefore an opportunity to find out whether the engine room of Ingolstadt’s luxury line-up can reproduce the favourable verdicts gained abroad, particularly concerning its road manners.
Petrol and more fully electrified variants will follow, but for now the line-up is straightforward for prospective British buyers with a choice of either a 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘40’ or the 3.0-litre six-cylinder ‘50’ turbodiesel engine. We’ve sampled the former in Avant form and considered it a likeable, no-nonsense large estate that sits right in the intersection of a Venn diagram plotting luxury and utility.
Trim choices are similarly straightforward: there is Sport as standard or S Line, which adds roughly £3000 to the 50 TDI’s £47,110 starting price. The latter adds Matrix LED headlights, 19in alloys, more aggressive S Line bodywork, leather and Alcantara sports seats, and a perforated leather steering wheel to a basic specification already brimming with safety and infotainment technology.