The Audi A6 Black Edition gets a few aesthetic changes and extra kit to set it apart. Rails at the side of the boot can be optioned-up with dividers and cross-members that help to stop luggage rolling around. However, this is bettered by the Audi A6 Black Edition Ultra, which uses Audi's lightweight Ultra technology to improve efficiency and comes fitted with the automatic seven-speed S tronic gearbox. Racy touches, like the perforated leather multifunction wheel and S line sill trims give the eco-optimised Ultra a sporty edge, too. Lease Personal contract hire is very similar to normal contract hire, but is exclusively for private individuals. The A6 Avant also holds its value well, which contributes to very reasonable leasing costs - cheaper than either of its chief rivals'.
There is also technology borrowed from the flagship such as a heads-up display. At launch, there will also be a 3. The brand has really upped its game for materials quality after Mercedes had threatened to take its crown, and the A6 Avant is a great example of how well Audi is doing. That said, no A6 rides as comfortably as a Mercedes E-class. This is the second most efficient engine in the Audi A6 Black Edition line-up, thanks to 57. It works right down to a stop, which means the car can control its own speed in traffic queues, so that all you have to do is steer. Both models use a regular eight-speed automatic gearbox and also feature a self-locking centre differential.
Both cars unleash peak torque comfortably below 2000rpm, too, so progress in the A6 is never anything less than effortless. The army of , tax-friendly rivals it must beat includes the hybrid as well as diesel versions of the , and. The A6 is convincing effort, even if this most potent of engine variants will remain a rare sight on the road The new A6 follows in the tyre tracks of the and , and as with those model ranges, every variant now features mild hybridisation. The A6 Avant is a good-looking wagon that will carry all your stuff, and be thoughtful and convenient. All Audi A6 models get stop-start technology across the range to aid efficiency. Yes, it does admittedly lack the outright dynamic capability — and potentially entertaining rear-drive nature — of the likes of the.
As you might expect, however, the Audi's dynamic qualities could do with a little improvement. This makes the ride particularly jarring over potholed surfaces. Visit our dedicated website to apply or for further information. Allroad cars look comparatively expensive but come complete with higher ride height, slightly higher-profile tyres and air suspension, plus one or two small practicality additions. Laziness pays off handsomely in this case.
That also means it trails its rivals for outright space. But of the more modern A6s I have driven, this latest model is really up there: refined, sophisticated and good to drive the A6 suspension has often let it down in the past, but not this. However, rivals still boast more space with the back seats folded. How much greener is the 2015 Audi A6 Ultra? Warranty with Roadside Assistance: Included is a 12 month Audi Warranty, with Audi Roadside Assistance, and consequential expense cover for items such as car hire and accommodation. Verdict A subtle round of updates for a subtle car but all of them well worthwhile, keeping the A6 fighting fit against its 5-series nemesis. On top of that is a premium Bose surround sound stereo. However, errors do sometimes occur.
History and Mileage Checks: Rest assured that the Audi you buy will have a clean, transparent record and independently checked mileage. It has bag hooks, restraining straps and a dirt-resistant tray, not to mention preparation for a towbar. As is de rigueur, it houses its turbochargers within the 90deg vee, and the exhaust manifold melds into the cylinder head for a quicker warm-up sequence. Nevertheless, in short, the Audi A6 ultra is an easy and hassle-free car to drive in either specification. However, the A6 has been around for a while now, and compared to more modern, high-tech feeling rivals like the latest Mercedes E-Class, the Audi is starting to look a little old school inside.
However, a sixth place finish for build quality proves the brand knows how to make premium products. However, getting to that stage involves the front wheels momentarily decoupling from the steering column and turning a mite tighter into the corner independently. It's not the most invigorating car to drive, but few models can match it as a smooth, quiet and relaxing mile-muncher. A few more bits of chrome, a different gear lever and four zones for the climate control instead of two are the main highlights. The 262bhp version will do 55. Despite its four-cylinder configuration the diesel engine is relatively quiet on cold start-up and becomes even less audible as it warms.
Key upgrades include a new 187bhp 2. It handles well, rarely losing grip and does a good job of isolating any noise from outside of the car. For further details, please contact our dealership sales teams. It's hardly lacking in punch either, with the diesel's 187bhp and 292lb ft proving more than capable of accelerating the with suitable — and occasionally surprising — verve. Of course it's difficult to imagine that you'll ever get the Audi to hit that 1000-mile mark — but it's not unreasonable to expect it to return around or in excess of 50mpg, granting a long-legged 800-mile range. It will cruise at less than 1000rpm if you force it to, but it still picks up effortlessly and punches with far more linear, more organic-feeling muscle. This, combined with its excellent diesel powerplant, make it immensely more gratifying to live than what could have simply been another run-of-the-mill executive saloon.
It offers more than enough power and torque for most, and remains economical at the same time. And servicing and repair costs are about par for the course for this type of car. Reliability and servicing The A6 was distinctly mid-table overall in the 2016 Driver Power survey but poorly for reliability, around 20 places from the bottom of the 150-car table. S line starts at £38,570 for the only manual model, while Black Edition asks another £2225, punting it over the £40,000 mark. Especially in S-Line trim, which adds a bit of aggression to what is otherwise a very subtle package. However, it's worth remembering that the Audi A6 Black Edition is based on the S line car which already has its suspension stiffened and lowered by 20mm. So I prefer the current setting I have.
However, both models are considerably less costly than the Mercedes E-class estate. On-road refinement is good — although road noise does intrude on some surfaces — and the A6's vast battery of standard kit works to reduce both driver strain and boredom. But with newer rivals like the moving the efficiency game on another step with vital figures of 72. The new S tronic transmission rifles through the available ratios in a smooth, swift fashion too. Cumbrian express: long-legged comfort for London to Cumbria lope Ralph Morton is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Business Car Manager now renamed Business Motoring. Is the initial effect of all the menus and lack of switchgear puzzling? This fourth generation A6 was launched at the end of 2011 and it runs the 5 Series close for executive class car honours thanks to its good looks, decent drive and excellent build quality. The Audi offers up a large boot as well and many buyers will appreciate the fitment of a standard space-saver spare wheel.