Audi A6 55 TFSI

Audi A6 55 TFSI £48,000 est

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WE SAY: MID­DLE MAN­AGE­MENT IS SPOILT FOR CHOICE...

The BMW 5-Se­ries, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S90 are all tremen­dously good cars. The BMW for the way it drives, the Merc for its re­fine­ment and the Volvo for its seren­ity and Scandi-charm. If you’re in mid­dle man­age­ment and want A Good Car, you are not with­out op­tions. So the new Audi A6 can’t just be good – it has to be re­ally good, and in pretty much every con­ceiv­able way, just to com­pete.

And it very nearly is. Nowa­days it’s based on the same plat­form as the new A7 and A8, so it’s phys­i­cally a bit big­ger than the car it re­places (by 7mm in length, 12mm in width and 2mm in height). But the main thing is that it gets pretty much all their tech. So the bril­liantly tac­tile in­te­rior is dom­i­nated by the twin-touch­screen MMI Touch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, and the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence by some 39 driver as­sis­tance sys­tems, all-wheel steer­ing (where spec­i­fied) and a mild hy­brid sys­tem that al­lows en­gine-off coast­ing at up to 159kph, which­ever en­gine you choose.

Brits get three to start off with, all with quat­tro AWD. Two 3.0-litre V6s – a petrol and a diesel – and a new 2.0-litre, 4cyl diesel that ri­vals Merc’s for si­lence and smooth­ness. Of the other two, the petrol is the bet­ter choice – it gets a clev­erer gear­box (a 7spd DCT to the diesel’s 8spd auto), is qui­eter, more re­fined and feels lighter on its feet.

Not that we’d ever call the A6 es­pe­cially sporty. For all Audi’s claims its new car is the most dy­namic in its class, the A6 still feels more aloof than a 5-Se­ries. Ag­ile, thanks to the four-wheel steer­ing, but not as in­volv­ing as a 5-Se­ries or Jag XF. Not to worry. It’s su­perb on the mo­tor­way, where the si­lence of its cabin and re­fine­ment of its en­gines is most ob­vi­ous. Rides well, too – at least on the op­tional air sus­pen­sion and adap­tively damped steel springs we sam­pled. Bet­ter than the A7, which suf­fers when you equip it with the 21in al­loys its aes­thetic de­serves.

There re­ally is very lit­tle in it, be­tween this, the BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Driv­ers will want to stick with the BMW. But for the rest of you, this is an op­tion well worth think­ing about.

TOM HAR­RI­SONSPECIFICATION2995cc, V6 turbo, AWD, 335bhp, 500Nm6.7L/100km, 151g/km CO 0–100kph in 5.1secs, 250kph 1835kgVER­DICT: Quiet and com­fort­able, with a techy in­te­rior that screams A8, but oth­ers re­main more fun to drive.

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