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AUDI A6 AVANT

50 TFSI e 17.9kWh Qtro Black Ed 5dr S Tronic [C+S]

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Audi's A6 looks appealing but potentially expensive in TFSIe plug-in hybrid form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

If you're thinking of a full-sized Executive segment saloon or estate, you have to consider the option of Plug-in hybrid technology these days - the potential Benefit-in-Kind taxation savings are just too good to ignore. Which makes Audi's A6 50 TFSIe model significant. Unlike other larger Audi plug-ins, it uses four cylinder rather than six cylinder power. But for the right kind of business customer, its figures might represent a compulsive argument against the diesel alternative. But this model's two key competitors - the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class - both claim to offer much the same thing. What can this Audi offer to set itself apart?

Driving Experience

Audi's latest TFSIe plug-in technology comes in a variety of forms. In this A6, it's based around the brand's usual four cylinder 2.0 TFSI petrol engine, to which has been added an electric motor integrated into the auto gearbox. That motor's powered by a 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack which, when fully charged, will allow the saloon version of this car to run in all-electric motion for up to 43 miles (WLTP-rated). It's 41 miles for the Avant variant. There's a total system output of 299PS and 62mph from rest takes just 5.5s. In all-electric mode, the car can cruise at up to 84mph - or up to 152mph with the engine in use. Pleasingly, in usual motoring, Audi has engineered the combustion powerplant only to fire up when you really flex your right foot (or obviously when the battery's low on charge). That's particularly the case if you run the car in its provided 'EV' mode which keeps you in electrified motion for as long as possible. More usually, you'll be driving in the 'Auto' setting, which mixes use of petrol and electric power and can be set in a 'Hold' form where the battery saves its charge for urban driving you might have to do at the end of a longer journey. Not particularly good is the response of the dual-clutch 7-speed S tronic auto gearbox which could switch between its ratios a little more smoothly. You might also notice a slightly firmer ride than would be the case in a conventional A6 - blame the extra weight of the hybrid system, which has necessitated firmer springs. Despite the stiffer damping, this front-driven Audi can't match a rear-driven plug-in BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class for driver involvement, but points are regained by something typical executives will value more - low noise levels. There's a barely noticeable shiver when the petrol engine fires up to replace battery power on the move and refinement's excellent, even when you are using fossil fuel.

Design and Build

There are few visual giveaways as to this TFSIe model's plug-in status - unless you're eagle-eyed enough to spot the altered badgework and the extra charging flap. So, as usual with a fifth generation A6, there are taut surfaces, sharp edges and striking lines, plus a long bonnet, a long wheelbase and short overhangs. The wide, low-slung Singleframe grille, the flat headlights and the powerfully contoured air inlets lend a suitably purposeful air. In profile, three striking lines reduce the car's visual height. The powerfully taut contours, which are drawn over the wheels, are testimony to Audi's quattro genes. This shape is certainly very sleek: thanks to advanced aerodynamics, a class-leadingly-slippery drag coefficient of as little as 0.24Cd has been achieved. The interior is of course virtually identical to a conventional model. Up front, the dash features the black-panel design we first saw on the current A8. You're going to need to like screens because this car's classy interior can incorporate no fewer than three of them, the two you'll notice first powering up as soon as the door is opened and dominating the upper and lower parts of the piano black-trimmed centre stack. Legroom in the rear exceeds the space you'll get in core competitors, while headroom and shoulder room measurements in both front and rear are also generous. Not so good is the way the PHEV tech has reduced boot space - in the saloon from 530-litres to just 360-litres, thanks to the battery pack that must sit under the cargo area floor. So you're going to need the split-folding rear bench. You can have this model in the Avant body style too.

Market and Model

The A6 50 TFSIe comes either as a saloon or an Avant estate and pricing starts at around £53,500 for the saloon and just over £55,000 for the Avant, which gets you the base 'Sport'-spec variant. Beyond that, there are further 'S line', 'Black Edition' and 'Vorsprung' trim options, the latter taking you up to a £77,000 price point. To give you an idea of price premium here, 'Black Edition' trim (the only spec level shared between conventional and Plug-in A6 models) sees this TFSIe variant costing around £13,000 more than the equivalent 40 TDI diesel and around £10,000 more than the equivalent 45 TFSI petrol model. At least equipment levels are generous, even 'Sport' variants getting 18-inch wheels, full-LED headlights, the Audi 'Parking System Plus' set-up with a rear view camera and the 'Audi phone box' wireless charging mat. Plus, in terms of infotainment, there's the brand's 'MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch' system. There's also the fully digital 'Audi Virtual Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen and the usual elements of camera safety tech. 'S line' trim adds a mild body kit, 19-inch wheels, intelligent Matrix LED headlights with dynamic rear indicators, privacy glass, sports suspension and leather/Alcantara upholstery. The 'Black Edition' version has a meaner black-finished exterior look with 20-inch wheels and a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel inside. And full 'Vorsprung'-spec gets virtually the whole of the options list emptied into it, with a panoramic glass sunroof, front Super Sports seats in Valcona leather, HD Matrix headlights and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, plus the choicest parts of Audi's camera safety and autonomous driving technology.

Cost of Ownership

As with any PHEV, to get the most out of this A6, you'll need to keep the car charged up (which should take around two and a half hours from a 7.2kW garage wallbox) and make the absolute most of the potential all-electric driving range, rated at about 34 miles. If you don't do that, you'll essentially end up with a heavier version of the conventional 45 TFSI petrol variant - and take it from us, one of those isn't going to be cheap to run. This 50 TFSIe derivative, in contrast, very much is. Let's get to the WLTP-rated figures. The combined cycle fuel economy is rated at between 166.2 and 188.3mpg and the CO2 emissions reading is 35-39g/km. That latter figure means a 10% Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating for year one of ownership (and 11% for year 2), saving a 40% tax payer over £4,000 in tax compared to a conventionally petrol-engined A6. This executive model's lithium-ion battery is made up of 104 prismatic cells and stores 14.4kWh of energy with a voltage of 381 volts. And the car is supplied as standard with a compact charging system plus a Mode 3 cable with Type 2 plug for use at public charging stations. The system features an LED status display and safety functions such as temperature and residual current monitoring. Audi also offers an optional charging clip, plus a lockable wall-mounted holder for the charging system. The integrated charger replenishes the lithium-ion battery with a maximum power of 7.4kW. Even from a 220V household three-pin plug, an empty battery can be fully and conveniently recharged overnight in roughly six hours.

Summary

Yes, we've seen plenty of Audi PHEV hybrid models in the past, but you might think this to be one of the more credible ones. To be frank, it doesn't really offer much you can't also get from rivals sold by BMW and Mercedes. But it doesn't lack much that these competitors offer. Which means that if you are attracted by this A6's effortlessly cool vibe, classy cabin and uber-smooth refinement - as plenty in this segment are - then there are a few reasons not to sign your cheque Ingolstadt's way. We can't help thinking though, that the industry should be further along by now in offering PHEVs like this at more affordable prices, with greater driving range and less compromised luggage compartments. In a few years, it probably will be. For the time being, cars like the A6 50 TFSIe are what we have. Life is what you make it.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions34.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7" high resolution colour driver information display system
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Automatic start/stop system with coasting functionality
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Electric boot lid release
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Progressive steering
  • Service interval indicator
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Audi music interface
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Black roof rails
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Gloss black exterior mirror housings
  • Gloss black highlights on the exterior area of the Audi Single frame
  • Gloss black highlights on the front and rear bumpers
  • Gloss black highlights on the radiator grille
  • Gloss black highlights on the side windows trim strips
  • Headlight washers
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • Heat insulating glass in windshield
  • LED rear lights
  • LED signature front daytime running light
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Matt black rear diffuser with diffuser strip and tailpipes in chrome
  • Matt black side air intake grille with inlay in matt aluminium
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Signature rear LED light design

Interior Features

  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 4 zone deluxe automatic climate control
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with driver memory
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
  • Illuminated sun visors with vanity mirrors
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Leather gear knob
  • Rear headrests
  • Stainless steel pedals and foot rest
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Comfort and sound pack - A6
  • Non smoking pack - A6
  • Technology pack - A6

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Airbags - Front side, front and rear including head
  • Audi pre-sense front
  • Black seatbelts
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning light
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm with tow away protection
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless Go
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • 3 pin 10 amp domestic charging cable
  • 52 litre fuel tank
  • Hybrid propulsion system
  • Quattro on demand
  • Sports suspension
  • Type 2 mode 3 32 amp charging cable
  • Type 2 socket for AC charging

Trim

  • Matt brushed aluminium dark inlays

Wheels

  • 20" 5 V spoke star design Audi sport cast aluminium alloy wheels in matt titanium look
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    17.9
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    495
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    7.4
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    150
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    38
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    39

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    34
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    35
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    34

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1984
  • Compression Ratio
    9.6:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.8
  • Engine Code
    4A5BMYWC3
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    201.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    188.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    201.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    299
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TFSI e Quattro
  • Coin Series
    Black Edition [C+S]
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    43E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    9000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    299
  • Engine Power - KW
    220
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    332
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    45.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    450
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 V SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1494
  • Length
    4939
  • Wheelbase
    2924
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2110

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2675
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    405
  • Max. Loading Weight
    500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2175
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.1
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Julie Judge

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