Where do you turn when you crave an engaging and athletic sports car, but also need something practical and spacious your family will enjoy every day? We have the answer: the spectacular Audi S6 Avant.
The S6 Avant builds on the A6’s generous estate proportions with the addition of subtle ‘S’ details. Sitting on arresting 19-inch alloy wheels with upgraded sports styling, it has a purposeful stance that hints at its sporting credentials.
Bright LED headlights to the front and rear help it to stand out on the road. Upgrades are completed by aluminium-effect door mirror housings, matt black painted brake callipers, and dual-branch oval twin tailpipes in a luxurious chrome finish.
The S6 perfectly marries its duties as spacious family transport and ultra-modern driver’s car, with deluxe four-zone automatic air conditioning, Valcona leather upholstery and carbon fibre-effect inlays decorating the cabin.
Rear passengers will enjoy the centre armrest and the Super Sport front seats are heated. The driver’s seat is also 12-way adjustable so you can achieve a truly custom seating position. The boot has a generous capacity of 565-litres which can reach up to 1,680 litres, and since it’s an estate car Audi has included thoughtful touches to make it even more useful. There is a dirt resistant tray, a double cargo floor and lashing points to keep things securely strapped down. Naturally, the rear seats split and fold should you ever need to carry larger or more awkwardly-shaped loads.
Audi’s celebrated MMI system is placed between the front seats and can be used to control many of the S6 Avant’s on-board systems, including the 6.5-inch colour satellite navigation. You can also pair your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with the car, which works with the voice control technology so you can place and receive calls without your hands leaving the wheel.
Cruise control is fitted to help make motorway journeys less tiring, and Audi’s Parking System Plus is included to make parking easier too. The Driver’s Information System places an additional colour screen between the speedo and rev-counter so you can find navigation, radio and other information with ease.
The S6 Avant is fitted with six airbags and Electronic Stability Control which provides reassuring surefootedness when taking corners at speed. Other safety features included are a tyre pressure loss indicator and Hill-Hold Assist that automatically applies and disengages the parking brake when in stop-start traffic on inclines.
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How the S6 Avant drives is down to you. Audi Drive Select allows you to alter the car’s driving manners to suit the occasion, subtly changing the throttle and steering responses.
Opt for Sport mode and it lurches from 0-60mph in around 4.6 seconds, thanks to an explosively powerful 4.0-litre V8 engine with 443bhp. A seven-speed S tronic gearbox and Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system make it easy to transmit the engine’s impressive 450Nm torque to the road. A specialist Sports differential and enhanced ‘S’ braking system keep the handling reassuringly predictable and drama-free.
Audi has not forgotten the importance of economy to S6 Avant shoppers, so has endowed the car with intelligent cylinder-on-demand technology, automated Start-Stop and energy recovery systems. These innovations all reduce fuel consumption and emissions, making the S6 Avant capable of achieving 30.1mpg.