Audi A6 review - German executive does just about everything well - Ride and handling

Audi A6 is Ingolstadt’s foil to the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class

Evo rating
Price
from £34,555
  • Beautiful interior, mighty turbodiesels, comfort, refinement and space
  • Getting old now, rivals more fun to drive

Ride and handling

To describe the A6 as bad in this department would be to do it a huge disservice. It handles reassuringly and rides with decent composure - though larger wheels and S line suspension does diminish that slightly. The A6’s biggest fault is that it’s not as engaging or as interesting to drive as its obvious rivals. While you might find yourself taking out your 5 Series or Jaguar XF for the hell of it, or just taking a slight detour home down an interesting road, you just won’t in the A6.

Grip levels are high, but that 2.0 TDI big-seller is front-drive in a marketplace where rear-drive is the norm, and it’s apparent when you start pushing the A6 harder. The quattros do go some way to addressing that, especially if you spend the extra money on the optional Sports Differential, but none offer the sort of poise and balance of their best rear-wheel drive alternatives. Many, however, will like the A6 quattro’s assured traction and stability, particularly in the UK where it’s wet all the time. All A6s feature Audi’s Drive Select, which offers different settings (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Efficiency) for the engine, transmission and steering, but we doubt anyone will ever switch it from either Comfort or Auto, so subtle are the differences. Allroads all feature adaptive air suspension, while the stability and traction control systems have been tweaked for more suitable intervention and assistance when driving off-road.  

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/5-series/202658/new-2020-bmw-5-series-revealed-523bhp-m550i-now-available-in-the-uk
BMW 5 Series

New 2020 BMW 5-series revealed - 523bhp M550i now available in the UK

The BMW 5-series receives mid-cycle update, gaining new tech and the 523bhp M550i xDrive variant in the UK for the first time
26 May 2020
Visit/jaguar/202404/jaguar-project-8-evo-reader-experience
Advertisement Feature

Jaguar Project 8 evo reader experience

The Jaguar Project 8 is a 200mph marvel of engineering designed with one purpose in mind: to deliver the thrill of driving. We put some lucky evo read…
14 Apr 2020
Visit/nissan/370z/201879/next-nissan-z-car-teased-as-part-of-new-product-offensive
Nissan 370Z

Next Nissan Z car teased as part of new product offensive

Nissan’s future plans have been laid out, and they include a new Z sports car
28 May 2020
Visit/features/17660/the-best-four-cylinder-engines-ever-we-pick-our-favourites
Features

The best four-cylinder engines ever

We've gathered a selection of our very favourite four-pots ever produced
27 May 2020