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AUDI A6 DIESEL SALOON

40 TDI Quattro Sport 4dr S Tronic

Review from Cars & Driving

Smarter, lighter, faster and greener, Audi's 'C8'-series A6 offers a beautifully conceived and expertly executed alternative for buyers in the full-sized Executive sector currently considering saloon or estate versions of cars like BMW's 5 Series, Mercedes' E-Class or Jaguar's XF. The use of front wheel drive at the foot of the range on a variant like the four cylinder '40 TDI' diesel model we're testing here still differentiates this contender from rivals like these, but Ingolstadt now claims a new level of dynamic parity in other regards.

  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    7
  • Comfort
    8
  • Space
    9
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    9
  • Value
    8
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    8
  • Depreciation
    7
  • Insurance
    7

Background

While Audi's A6 has long been the world's best selling full-sized Executive car, it's rarely been Britain's overall favourite. Over the years, Audi has offered eight different models in this segment and with this 'C8'-series design, the fifth of them to be badged 'A6', there are fewer reasons than ever not to consider one. Whether you choose this saloon or the alternative Avant estate body style, this sleeker more sophisticated model is quieter, lighter, smarter and more technologically advanced than its predecessor. It offers, in Audi's words, 'a first class journey with a business class ticket' - or to put it another way, what the Ingolstadt brand has done here is to democratise much of the technology of its larger luxury segment A8 and offer it up more affordably to Executive sector buyers. That's in an attempt to prize sales away from class favourites like BMW's 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and Jaguar's XF. Here, we're going to test the car in entry-level '40 TDI' 2.0-litre diesel form.

Driving Experience

Previous A6 models have never particularly prioritised a dynamic driving experience but this one offers a decent step forward in that respect, despite the fact that entry-level four cylinder models like this 40 TDI continue to buck the class trend by pushing power through the front wheels. Dynamically, that's a limiting factor, but with this 'C8'-series model, Audi's engineers have worked around it by building in a stiffer MLB-Evo chassis, a more sharply-responding variable 'Progressive' steering rack and a very effective optional adaptive damping system. Arguably the most important changes made here though, have taken place beneath the bonnet. The '40 TDI' 2.0-litre diesel unit we tested features Audi's latest MHEV mild hybrid technology and certainly seems quieter than the equivalent engine in the previous generation model and it's 204PS output represents a 14PS increase too, which arrives along with 400Nm of torque. For buyers, there's a choice of front wheel drive or quattro 4WD and either way, the drivetrain comes mated to the brand's 7-speed dual-clutch 'S tronic' auto gearbox. This transmission hasn't been particularly configured for traffic light Grand Prix-style starts, which is why 62mph from rest in a front-driven saloon A6 model like this one takes 8.1s, which is over half a second slower than rivals like BMW's 520d or the Mercedes E220d would manage. Once you're up to speed though, the engine really gets into its stride, actually out-performing those two competitors in the more important 30-70mph overtaking increment. There's an irrelevantly higher top speed too - 152mph.

Design and Build

According to Audi's research clinics, A6 customers value understated exterior design above almost everything else - so they should feel right at home with the conservatively evolved looks of this 'C8'-series eighth generation contender. This is now a pretty sizeable piece of sculpted Executive segment German real estate, being nearly five metres long and the best part of two metres wide, yet standing only just over 1.4-metres high. Classically elegant? Maybe not, but it's certainly handsome and sophisticated, with shaping that the brand reckons references its 'quattro genes'. The Avant version is exactly the same length as the saloon but is 10mm taller. Behind the wheel, you're going to need to like screens because this completely redesigned cabin can incorporate no fewer than three of them, largely replacing all the many buttons and dials of the previous A6. The two you'll notice first power up as soon as the door is opened and dominate the upper and lower parts of the piano black-trimmed centre stack. The gently curved upper display deals with the most important radio, media and telephone functions while the lower 8.6-inch monitor is reserved for more comfort-orientated mainly climate-related features. Both monitors interact with the optional 12.3-inch 'Audi Virtual Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen you view through the three-spoke wheel. At the back, thanks to 21mm of extra interior length, a 6ft 3-inch passenger can comfortable sit behind a driver of the same size. Audi says that this time round, legroom back here has increased by 17mm, while headroom is up by 10mm. There's a 530-litre boot in the saloon - or 565-litres in the Avant.

Market and Model

The mainstream focus in the A6 line-up centres around the two TDI diesel engines that were offered from launch. Many will opt for the front-driven '40 TDI' 2.0-litre four cylinder version with 204PS, which comes complete with standard 7-speed 'S tronic' dual-clutch auto transmission. At this level in the range, quattro 4WD is optional. As usual with the A6, there's the choice of either a saloon body style or, for a premium of £2,100, the Avant estate body shape. And there are two key trim levels - base 'Sport' or, for a £3,360 premium, the more dynamic 'S line' spec we tried. The standard 'Sport' model should deliver most of what you really want in terms of equipment. There's 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps that automatically dip themselves at night, an acoustically-glazed windscreen, the 'Parking System Plus' all-round parking sensor system, a rear view camera, LED tail lamps, power-folding mirrors and an alarm. There's also a 'Progressive Steering' set-up that constantly alters the gearing of the steering depending on your inputs. Steering's one of the things you can influence via the settings of the usual Audi 'drive select' system that, as well as allowing you to tweak feel at the helm, also enables you to vary throttle response and gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Inside, there's the brand's 'Twin'-style leather upholstery, with heated front seats featuring electric adjustment and 4-way powered lumbar support. The Avant version gets roof rails, a rear spoiler and a power-operated tailgate too.

Cost of Ownership

Audi has equipped all mainstream A6 engines with 'MHEV' 'Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle' technology built around a belt alternator starter and a lithium-ion battery. This four cylinder '40 TDI' variant gets a 12V version of this electrical system. When coasting in the highway with your foot off the accelerator at between 34 and 99mph, the engine can automatically switch itself off for up to 40 seconds to save fuel - Audi calls this 'Intelligent Coasting'. At slower speeds, the Mild Hybrid set-up maximises brake energy regeneration, providing for an increased energy recovery output of up to 12 kW. Finally, in traffic the MHEV package allows for an extended stop/start function that can work at up to 13mph, allowing the car to glide to a stop with maximum efficiency. Let's take a look at the fuel and CO2 figures, which we'll give you based around the smallest 18-inch size of wheel and the saloon body style. Obviously, larger rims - the 19-inchers of this 'S line' variant for example - will have a fractional impact on your returns. The Avant estate body style's extra 65kgs of weight affects efficiency by around 5%. The '40 TDI' can manage 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and 117g/km of CO2, which equates to a Benefit-in-Kind taxation rate of 28%. That's pretty much the same as you'd get from a rival BMW 520d and a fraction better than you'll get from rival Mercedes E220d.

Summary

And in summary? Well this 'C8'-series A6 meets the required brief, especially in this 40 TDI guise, and restores full credibility to an A6 model line that had previously become a rather forgotten choice in its sector. Yes, to really like it, you've still got to really like Audis, but if you do, you'll find it easier than ever to bond with this one. Some may still see this A6 as being a little remote compared to a status-conscious Mercedes, a proudly opulent BMW or a wood-panelled Jaguar. For others though, that'll simply be part of this car's vorsprung durch tecknik appeal, its design full of intelligent technologies created to make your life easier and save you time. Is that all that really matters? At the end of the kind of very long day this A6 has been designed for, you might well think so.

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Technical Data

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Passive Safety

Trim

Wheels

Driver Convenience

  • 7" high resolution colour driver information display system
  • Amazon alexa Integration
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi parking system plus - acoustic and visual park assist system for front and rear
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Automatic start/stop system with coasting functionality
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Electric boot lid release
  • Lane departure warning system
  • MMI navigation with MMI touch + twin touch screens 8.8" and 8.6" with haptic and acoustic feedback
  • Progressive steering
  • Service interval indicator
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Audi music interface
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • All weather LED headlights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors with driver memory function and integrated LED indicators
  • Frameless auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • LED rear lights
  • Matt black rear diffuser with diffuser strip and tailpipes in chrome
  • Matt black side air intake grille with inlay in matt aluminium
  • Radiator grille in titanium black matt, single frame in chrome and horizontal struts in matt aluminium silver
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 2 zone deluxe electronic climate control
  • 3 spoke high multi-function leather steering wheel with shift paddles
  • 4 way electric lumbar support
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • Centre armrest matches seat colour
  • Cloth headlining
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated sun visors with vanity mirrors
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Leather gear knob
  • Lunar silver cloth headlining
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Rear headrests
  • Tool kit and car jack

Packs

  • Non smoking pack - A6

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Airbags - Front side, front and rear including head
  • Audi pre-sense front
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm with tow away protection
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless Go
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • 12V Mild hybrid
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Quattro on demand
  • Standard suspension

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    120
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    146

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1968
  • Engine Code
    4A2BIY
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    64.2
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    67.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    58.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    50.4

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TDI Quattro
  • Coin Series
    Sport
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    35E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    76
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    9000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    153

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 ARM
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1457
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4939
  • Wheelbase
    2924
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2110

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    63
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2325
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    530
  • Max. Loading Weight
    620
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1705
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.1

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"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

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"Couldn’t recommend Silverstone leasing enough after looking for a replacement lease car. I got a Cupra Formentor which got delayed time and time again and at one stage. Tom, Ryan, Michelle and the team helped me look for alternative vehicles. Smooth easy process. Kept up to date throughout. It may have taken over 11 months for a car but finally got the car I wanted. So happy with it. Always friendly and professional. Thanks guys"

Karen Byrne

Karen Byrne

"Customer service, communication and updates about my car have been fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and whilst my car was delayed due to manufacturing issues, I was updated constantly and had a great car inbetween. Worth the wait, I finally have my A250e AMG!!!!! Thanks Silverstone, highly recommended."

Jack Kellaway

Jack Kellaway

"Tom Bailey and the team at Silverstone Fleet Management went above and beyond when I was looking for my next vehicle. Despite being extremely picky, Tom was patient and resourceful to help me find the perfect car. The hand over process managed by Michelle and others was also extremely smooth. Thanks SFM!"

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Transmission TypeAutomatic
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Fuel TypeDiesel
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Fuel Efficiency64.20mpg
Emissions
Emissions147.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed153mph
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"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

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"Customer service, communication and updates about my car have been fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and whilst my car was delayed due to manufacturing issues, I was updated constantly and had a great car inbetween. Worth the wait, I finally have my A250e AMG!!!!! Thanks Silverstone, highly recommended."

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"Tom Bailey and the team at Silverstone Fleet Management went above and beyond when I was looking for my next vehicle. Despite being extremely picky, Tom was patient and resourceful to help me find the perfect car. The hand over process managed by Michelle and others was also extremely smooth. Thanks SFM!"

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