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