If there’s one thing Audi consistently does very well, it’s interior ambience. From the choice of materials to the level of fit and finish, it sets the bar very high. There are plenty of aluminium flashes on the inner door pulls, surrounding the main dashboard, and centre console. Buyers can choose from more traditional wood finish inlays, or pick something more contemporary.
The driving position has lots of adjustment in all directions, as does the steering wheel, so most drivers will find a good setup easily. The standard seats are also very comfortable, with plenty of support. As with the larger Audi A7
, the centre console features two touchscreen displays, resulting in a clean cabin design with few physical buttons. Not everyone is going to like the lack of buttons or physical controls, but there is haptic feedback from some functions, so you can feel your way around a bit more if you’re concentrating on the road. Optionally, there’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, too. The combination of this and the dual screens in the centre makes the A6 feel particularly futuristic inside.
The A6 Avant comfortably seats four adults, but like many cars designed for all-wheel-drive systems, the rear middle passenger draws the short straw for legroom due to a substantial rise in the floor. Otherwise, in the rear, room for heads, elbows and legs is as good as anything else in the class. Although the A6 Avant has a stylishly sloping rear window, it still holds enough in the large boot (from 565 litres) to compete on a more or less equal with the biggest cars in the class, if not outdoing them. With the 40/20/40 split folding seats tumbled forward, the Audi can swallow 1,680 litres of stuff, which is a lot, if bettered by the biggest cars in the sector. If you frequently carry heavier loads, or plan on towing with the A6 Avant, you may want to consider the optional air suspension as it has a self-levelling function.
There’s a choice of four different suspension setups for the Audi A6 Avant. Conventional steel springs come on the base Sport model, and these deliver the most consistent ride comfort. In bends, there isn’t much body lean to speak of, and on the motorway, it feels composed, too. Keener drivers are likely to be drawn to the S line version, as the suspension sits lower, which helps with cornering.
Buyers can specify adaptive suspension that changes with the chosen drive mode, too. The differences are quite subtle, but you can tailor an individual setting. Alternatively, and at a higher cost, there is an air suspension that can automatically self-level and raise the car up when on poor road surfaces. At higher speeds, such as on a motorway, it lowers the car’s ride height to improve aerodynamics and stability. For the most part, this provides a soft and comfortable experience, though it isn’t quite the magic carpet ride you may expect. Sharper potholes and edges still catch it out, and at times it feels fidgety. The good news is that the standard suspension makes for the best option in the A6 Avant.