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Audi A6 Avant

8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Audi A6 Avant

£35,045£61,405

Driving

What is it like on the road?

The car we’ll concentrate on is the S-Line four-cylinder diesel with 201bhp, 12v mild-hybrid on 20-inch wheels, with the optional damper control (you can’t get all-wheel steering on the ’40’ spec cars, which this power output is).

And, unsurprisingly, it’s really very good, if not particularly stimulating. The engine is strong - particularly in the important mid-range - as well as being frugal and quiet. We managed just over 50mpg without even trying. The motor has precisely no character, but that’s probably not a priority in a diesel estate car, and it’s particularly good at schlepping down a motorway or A-road.

Mind you, when it comes to handling the A6 Avant isn’t exactly embarrassed down a twistier bit, combining brilliant body control with decent ride quality even on the chunky wheels. The air suspension rides notably better, but there’s a strong argument here for either going full air, or sticking with the cheaper standard steel springs and saving the money; fiddling with optional dampers is something you’ll do rarely.

Same goes for the all-wheel steering on the larger-engined models - it does make the car feel more nimble, but it’s probably not something you’d miss. Generally, this is absolutely as you’d expect from a premium carmaker: safe, solid, quiet and capable. You don’t miss quattro in dry conditions, though it’s no doubt a bonus if you live somewhere with harsh winters.

And yes, the 283bhp V6 diesel is pretty much all the speed you need in a car like this. Well, right up until the new RS6 makes an appearance, at which point minds will probably be changed.

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How about something completely different?

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9/10

Skoda Superb Estate

£23,190£38,200
The Skoda Superb is not only about as ginormous as estate cars get, but it's also pretty premium these days. Ignore it at your peril
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