* The Audi A6.
* Audi A6 cabin.
Audi A6 road test by Steve Rogers
WHO'D be a car salesman trying to shift a big saloon?
Everyone is buying SUVs, aren't they?
Trendy SUVs have been flying out of the showrooms all year but top end saloons are still filling executive spaces in company car parks. That is where A6 comes in although the competition is hellishly tough with BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF, Mercedes E Class and the new Volvo S90 all wanting a slice of the cake.
A6 has always struggled against the highly rated 5 Series and more recently the much improved E Class which is why Audi has gone for broke with the new model.... and it shows.
But performance is not the big story here. It is economy. I had to do a double take when I noticed I got 53mpg on a 170 mile mainly motorway journey. We must have had a tail wind on the way home because it went up to 55mpg! That is astonishing considering I was nearly always hovering around 70mph and probably helped by the mild hybrid system which kills the engine when coasting between 34 and 99mph.
Perhaps for the first time in a long time A6 can offer itself as the best executive car. It no longer lives in the shadow of the BMW 5 Series, that's for sure. All four rivals mentioned earlier have their own special qualities and the final decision may come down to brand loyalty.
Audi A6 40 TDI S Line
2-litre turbo diesel; 200bhp
0-62mph 8.1secs; 152mph
117g/km. 1st year road tax £205
Insurance group 36