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VALUE

The 2.0-litre TDI is eas­ily the best value A6 vari­ant. The 2.0-litre turbo diesel starts at $78,990, $1000 dearer than the 2.0 TFSI petrol. Both are fron­twheel-drive with a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) and in each the Avant wagon adds $4000.

The com­pact diesel de­vel­ops 130kW and a de­cent 380Nm, claim­ing 5.0 litres/100km and clock­ing very near that on test. The base 2.0 petrol claims 6.4 litres/100km, has 2kW more power but loses 60Nm to the torquey diesel.

It’s a big jump up the range to the quat­tro all-wheel-drive sedans with big­ger en­gines, dual-clutch gear­boxes and a higher level of kit.

The sweet 2.8-litre V6 all­wheel-drive A6 starts at $93,900 and the su­per­charged 3.0-litre V6 tops out at $121,500.

The other diesel— won­der­fully strong with 180kW and 500Nm from its 3.0-litre engine— costs $116,500.

The TDI is ar­guably the best buy, though the op­tions add up very quickly. Leather, key­less en­try and start, dual-zone air­con, cruise con­trol and a 10-speaker stereo are stan­dard. Our test car had the S-Line pack of bi-xenon lights and wash­ers, chrome ex­haust tips and scuff plates, adding $5760. A few sur­prise op­tions in­clude seat heaters at $891, aut­o­fold­ing side mir­rors for $490 and alarm for $960.

TECH­NOL­OGY

From A7 and A8, the A6 in­her­its the big pop-out LCD touch­screen. This slides hor­i­zon­tally out of the dash then flips ver­ti­cally to dis­play the sat­nav, Blue­tooth, trip com­puter, au­dio, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, and front and rear park­ing cam­eras with sen­sors and di­rec­tion guides.

It also has a touch­pad, like a lap­top, which is great for scrib­bling let­ters for the sat­nav with your fin­ger­tip. A smart sip­per, the A6 has auto stop­start to as­sist with fuel sav­ing.

The stan­dard, switch­able fea­ture works quickly enough to cut the engine when stopped, though fir­ing it back up when the brake is re­leased takes a mo­ment longer than op­ti­mal. The crank is more no­tice­able in 2.0-litre guise than the 3.0-litre.

DE­SIGN

Some ar­gue the A6 ap­proach is clas­sic. It is de­signed for a

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