Audi A6
Auto Express|September 20,2018
Audi A6

FIRST UK DRIVE We hit British roads in Audi’s 5 Series rival to see if it’s got what it takes to be an executive champion.

Sean Carson

SUVS are eating into the territory of traditional executive saloons, but the premium four-door market isn’t dead yet. Certainly not according to Audi, because the level of development and tech the firm has committed to this fifth-generation A6 makes it the most advanced yet. And it’s very good indeed.

The car still sits on the VW Group’s MLB evo platform – although it’s been reworked, naturally – while there’s a fresh engine, too. In line with Audi’s new naming structure for its power trains, this 40 TDI model denotes a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel that produces 201bhp and 400Nm of torque.

It drives the front wheels through a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox; there’s no quattro four-wheel drive or manual option available with this motor yet. That’s no great shame, because the combination works sweetly.

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September 20,2018