Read Caroline’s Audi A6 review for everything you need to know about buying Audi’s large executive saloon.

The Audi A6 is one of Ireland’s favourite large executive saloons and has been for many years. The current generation has been on sale since 2018 and has been updated to keep it looking sharp against rivals like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

It goes on sale in Ireland priced from about €58,925 and is available with the choice of diesel or plug-in hybrid.

Let’s take a closer look!

The 2024 Audi A6 on test for Changing Lanes
The 2024 Audi A6 on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

Classy, handsome… all adjectives you could throw at the A6. While it’s true this update is minor, this is a car that will have you glancing over your shoulder as you walk away from it. It has an upmarket presence and looks particularly good in the sporty S Line trim with lowered sports suspension, more aggressive bumpers, wider sills, 19-inch alloy wheels and high-tech matrix LED headlights with washers.

New colours for this year include Ascari Blue and Grenadine Red. The grille has a new honeycomb pattern and new side air intakes, which look a little more modern than the finish on the previous version.

Interior

Inside, it’s also business as usual. The A6 cabin still manages to look modern and cutting-edge with its blend of screens, brushed silver and glossy black trim. The seats in S Line models are another highlight, finished in upmarket fabric and leather. It all feels incredibly classy and well-built.

Inside the Audi A6
Inside the Audi A6

The Audi virtual cockpit is easy to interact with, while the touchscreen features wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Underneath that sits a touch panel for the ventilation controls as before, which is positioned quite low down so can be awkward to use. But it does provide haptic and acoustic feedback to guide you through it.

Some luxury features like power adjustment for the seats are missing from the standard spec but the front seats are at least heated with lumbar support. S Line models have a lovely 3-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel with gearshift paddles. There are also stainless steel pedals for a sporty vibe. It’s undoubtedly a comfortable and classy cabin.

Practicality

The A6 is available as a saloon or estate model. The saloon offers a decently large boot at 530 litres, which is comparable to diesel versions of rivals like the 5 Series and E-Class. The plug-in hybrid compromises some boot space to accommodate its battery under the boot floor.

The rear seat will be a comfortable place for two adults, though the large transmission tunnel takes away legroom for one in the middle.

The Audi A6 is a brilliant diesel saloon
The Audi A6 40TDI is a brilliant diesel saloon

Engines

The A6 is offered with four or six cylinder diesel engines or as a petrol plug-in hybrid. Diesel options include the well-proven 2.0-litre diesel (’40TDI’) with 200hp and 400Nm of torque. It will reach 100km/h in 7.9 seconds. It’s frugal as well, with my average fuel consumption sitting at 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres during my time with the car.

Driving

The A6 hugs the road surprisingly closely. Compared to driving a crossover or SUV, it’s now quite a different experience driving a saloon – refreshingly so! The A6 was made for long distance motorway cruising and it’s a car that will have you looking at the map to plan your next road trip.

The ride quality of the A6 S Line on the 21-inch wheels of the test car is not perfect, feeling a little firmer than expected for an executive car. But smaller sensible wheels should fix that! There’s more road noise as well compared to the new 5 Series and E-Class.

Rear seating in the A6
Rear seating in the A6

But the way the diesel delivers its power and the slickness of the 7-speed ‘S-tronic’ automatic gearbox still makes it a beguiling combination. Dynamically it’s not the sharpest of the pack, but still pleasant. Steering is smooth and progressive and the Audi shifts its weight well around corners

Pricing 

The Audi A6 is a pricier car than it once was. The 2.0-litre diesel offers the best value of the range starting from €58,925 for the SE and from €63,220 for the S Line.

Verdict

The Audi A6 is still one of the best diesel saloons on the market, offering power, economy and a smooth, effortless drive. The interior has stayed surprisingly sharp and modern, and still impresses with its clean, high-tech look. While arch-rival the 5 Series is more fun to drive and the E-Class more refined overall, the A6 still hits a nice middle ground with a cool image that keeps it among the most desirable saloons on sale.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The handsome Audi A6
The handsome Audi A6