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Jumping to the back, there is no more room than before, with 12mm more leg room than its predecessor. And having spent a good hour in the second row being driven around, we don’t think your passengers will ever really complain about the hospitality on offer. The boot offers 530 litres of luggage space, but it certainly looks a lot bigger than that, and we easily fitted two big suitcases inside with a lot of room left over. Audi claims it can fit two golf bags.
Press the start button and the A6 comes to life with little fanfare. It is a very refined vehicle, and part of that means a very limited amount of NVH. We tested both the 2.0- and 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engines, as well as the 3.0-litre petrol, all of which proved very polished and quiet on the road.
The 2.0-litre TDI we drove, likely to be a popular choice for the diesel lover, provides 150kW of power and 400Nm of torque passed through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission via Audi’s quattro system. Although it’s likely that we will see the engine in Australia offered as a front-wheel-drive model, the car felt well balanced and up to the task of moving the A6’s roughly 1750kg weight (to be lower in FWD form), but step up to the 3.0-litre TDI with 170kW and 500Nm (or 210kW and 620Nm, depending on the engine tune) and things get far more exciting.