There may be little to be found wanting within the cabin of a current Audi A3, A4, Q3 or Q5 and yet getting into an A6 still feels like taking a step up, as you drink in the material substance, the precise presentation and the tangible luxury aura of a ‘proper’ full-sized Audi saloon.
Up front, there is a superbly sculptural look to the dashboard architecture. The main spar of the fascia, out of which the primary controls seem to sprout and with which the transmission tunnel and centre stack seem to interlock, is presented as if it were a piece of solid billet metalwork. You could almost be looking at the metal skeleton of the car itself, carved and chamfered just so for aesthetic appeal, into which its various touchscreens and control consoles seem so perfectly recessed. It’s a designer’s trick, but it’s a very effective one because it lends the cabin a striking sense of integrity, which its high-quality fixtures and fittings then set about delivering on very consistently indeed.
The driving position is a traditional saloon-style one. The sports seats of our S Line car weren’t set particularly low, being easy to slide in and out of and granting good visibility by saloon standards. The steering wheel is generous in its diameter, so you can see the entirety of the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument screen easily within the orbit of its rim. Plenty of storage is provided in the door console to your right. To your left, there are a pair of roomy cupholders, but the armrest cubby is only shallow (it’s where you’ll find the wireless smartphone charger, if you option it) and there’s no split-level centre console cubby to hide bags or wallets underneath.