Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Estate of the Art ; the Audi A6 Avant Is an Example of a Premium Estate That Remains in High Demand, Perhaps Even More So Than the Original A6 Saloon. Andy Enright Investigates How the Model Stacks Up as a Used Car Purchase

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Estate of the Art ; the Audi A6 Avant Is an Example of a Premium Estate That Remains in High Demand, Perhaps Even More So Than the Original A6 Saloon. Andy Enright Investigates How the Model Stacks Up as a Used Car Purchase

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THE Audi A6 is one of those rare saloon cars that's probably more famous as an estate.

ere aren't too many others. e Volvo 850, the Subaru Legacy and, well, after that we're struggling.

Perhaps the A6 Avant works so well because we think of its key rivals, the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class so dominantly as saloons.

e A6 Avant has enjoyed a lot of attention from Audi down the years, being spun ointo allterrain and performance models that were denied the saloon version.

In 2011, Audi brought us the C7 generation of the A6 Avant.

It retained the Avant's trademark carrying capacity and all- wheel drive options, but this time round it was lighter and a good deal more ecient than its predecessor.

Does it make the cut as a used purchase or is demand too strong to generate much in the way of bargains? WHAT YOU GET If anything, the Avant's styling is rather better resolved than that of the A6 saloon's. Where the four door car has an aggressive front and somewhat apologetic rear end lines, the Avant looks better balanced, to this eye at least. e steeply-raked rear window hints that this Audi is more concerned with style than ultimate carrying capacity but most buyers in this class will forgo a few litres of space for a slinkier shape.

ere's plenty of space to play with inside the A6 Avant though. e wheelbase has been massively extended over its predecessor with resultant benets when it comes to interior room.

e A6 Avant has a capacity of 565-litres, which can be increased to 1,680-litres by folding down the rear seat backs. e load bay has luggage lashing eyes, side restraining straps, bag hooks, a double cargo oor, a rail luggage xing system, a dirt-resistant tray and roof rails as standard.

Even the entry-level Avant SE includes alloy wheels, leather upholstery, cruise and front and rear parking controls, SD-based satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone preparation, split/folding rear seats and light and rain sensors. S line models add larger 18- inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, sports suspension, upgraded Valcona leather upholstery and an exclusive S line exterior and interior styling treatment. …

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