Relatively high pricing and poor residual values may conspire to make the A6 50 TSFIe disappointingly expensive for some, whether you’re buying on personal finance or leasing through the company. Audi will be hoping to mitigate the impact of that through the car’s 7% benefit-in-kind qualification, of course, which might be worth more than £100 a month in the tax outlay of a typical fleet driver compared with some PHEV rivals.
As these words were written, there wasn’t another mid-sized executive option on the market quite as tax-efficient (although the Volvo S90 T8 will be soon).
Drive the car in Efficiency mode and, even over longer trips embarked on with a full battery, it’s easy to average better than 60mpg, as the hybrid system takes data from your navigation route to decide for itself where it’s best to run in zero- emissions mode. If you commute and drive generally shorter trips and can charge at home, a three-figure fuel economy return should be realistic.
The car’s 40-odd-mile claimed electric range translated into an average test range of 34 miles over a mix of motorway, urban and intra-urban testing – pretty commendable in a car this size. Stick to urban electric running and you can expect closer to 40. There’s no rapid-charge compatibility, though, so when you’re out and about, AC charging at 7.2kW (by which a full battery charge takes two and a half hours) is the fastest you’ll get.