AUDI is only offering its seventh-generation Audi A6 wagon (or Avant if you
speak Audish) with four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive, which is a sign
of the times if nothing else.
The A6 Avant has a small but loyal
following in Australia and is expected to remain a niche product here,
contributing less than 10 per cent of A6 sales.
A lightweight design
with no unnecessary added bulk or all-wheel-drive systems, the A6 Avant
provides an antithesis to the now-ubiquitous hulking SUV, but does the Audi
compete with its German rivals beyond its attractive price?
Model release dates: June 2012 - February 2015
AUDI sold the standard previous-generation A6 Avant for a couple of years
before it was discontinued in favour of the madcap V10-powered RS6 Avant and
jacked-up, diesel-only Allroad quasi-SUV.
The Avant was offered in
front-drive entry-level form with a 130kW/230Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine matched
to a Multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).
top-spec variant used a 188kW/330Nm 3.2-litre direct-injection petrol V6 with
Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed Tiptronic automatic
Standard equipment included Audi’s Multi Media Interface
(MMI) infotainment system, electric parking brake, automatic Xenon headlights,
rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate-control, speed-adaptive steering,
electronic stability control, front foglights and 16-inch alloys with a
Audi says the Avant attracted a small but loyal