The econ­omy

Audi now of­fers turbo diesel ver­sions of the A6, writes KARLA PIN­COTT

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

GER­MAN lux­ury brand Audi con­tin­ues to pop­u­late the lux­ury car tax ex­emp­tion park­ing area with pres­tige mod­els that es­cape or par­tially avoid the im­post.

The com­pany’s LCT-avoid­ance crew stands to 21, a num­ber they are happy to tell you is far above BMW’s nine and Mercedes-Benz’s eight.

The lat­est to join the four-ring cir­cuit are turbo diesel ver­sions of the Audi A6 — a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der and a 2.7-litre V6) — matched to a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion driv­ing the front wheels.

They join the three A6 petrol vari­ants — 2.0, 2.8 and 3.0-litre — and a 3.0-litre turbo diesel.

Both the new en­gines make sense in this car for those who want the econ­omy of diesel.

But the smaller of the two, which now be­comes the en­try level for the A6 range, is best re­stricted to sub­dued tootling around town and re­laxed cruis­ing on the high­way.

It’s a poised per­former in nor­mal driv­ing, but this is a mod­est en­gine for a large car, and it can get a bit flum­moxed if you try to push it hard too quickly, pre­fer­ring plenty of warn­ing when you need it to stir up a lit­tle.

The larger new­comer of­fers strong ef­fort across the rev range, and you’d be hard-pressed to think of rea­sons to shell out more for the 3.0-litre.

The steer­ing in both is light and ac­cu­rate, but there’s lit­tle in the way of feed­back — and pos­si­bly none de­manded by the buy­ing de­mo­graphic.

The A6 has a strong fo­cus on space and com­fort, and with an in­te­rior full of qual­ity sur­faces you’re en­cour­aged to waft along in pres­tige calm, with noise-dulling good enough to pre­vent much in­tru­sion from the diesel en­gines and any­thing else from out­side the cabin save some wind rush and tyre noise on poor sur­faces.

The 2.0-litre turbo diesel is slightly nois­ier than its larger sib­ling, but this is only ev­i­dent when you push it hard up the rev range. But it’s happy to

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