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Audi A6 Avant 2.7



A 1,500-MILE trip to Scotland was on the cards for myself and my partner – and what better car for such a journey than our sturdy Audi long-termer?

The A6 had everything I needed for a blast up the M6 to the craggy peaks of the Highlands – a large boot to store all my partner’s detritus and my one little bag, a powerful diesel engine to gobble up all those motorway miles while returning more than 30mpg, a delightful stereo to soothe our fevered brows in times of traffic jams and permanent four-wheel drive just in case the going got tough and slippery.

The A6 is a joy to drive in all conditions. The leather seats are like huge armchairs in a gentlemen’s club, the automatic gearbox is so smooth that changes are imperceptible and the engine is so quiet that at 70mph, you’d think it wasn’t even working.

There were a few back twinges, but that that’s probably inevitable with such a long journey. Mind you, I could have done with a lumbar adjustment, which I think might have helped ease things.

After a couple of refills I checked the car’s fuel consumption and was amazed to find that it was returning 36.6mpg, just over the official figure.

It’s a tribute to the Audi engineers that they have managed to magic so much frugality into such a big lump of metal.

My only main gripe with this car is its complicated array of knobs and switches. It feels as though you need a degree in electronics to work it all – it took me 10 minutes to find out how to open the glovebox to get at the CD autochanger.

I finally resorted to asking the previous tester, who informed me you had to press an innocuous little button on the dash – how daft is that?

However, the major controls which are contained in the MMI (Multi-Media Interface) are a lot more intuitive to use than those on rival BMW’s iDrive system.

Fact file:

Price: £30,330 (£38,240 as tested)
Mileage: 11,446
CO2 emissions (g/km): 226
Company car tax bill (2006)
40% tax-payer: £364 per month
Insurance group: 15
Combined mpg: 33.6
Test mpg: 36.6
CAP Monitor RV: £12,650/41%
Contract hire rate: £578
Expenditure to date: Nil
Figures based on three years/60,000 miles

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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