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Facelifted Audi A6 Test Drive Review

Date: 24 October 2014   |   Author:

While it might be difficult to spot the difference on the outside, Audi has made some important changes under the bonnet on this facelift.

The update to Audi's A6 range brings with it an improvement in efficiency with the firm's Ultra technology stepping up to improve CO2 from 114g/km to 109g/km.

It's actually the automatic that is the most efficient model in the A6 range and part of the update for this model sees Audi move from an eight-speed multitronic system to a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission which helps save on fuel with a coasting function which is activated when drivers select the Efficiency driving mode. This means a fuel efficiency increase from 64.2mpg to 67.3mpg.

The improvements on efficiency jumps the A6 from VED band C to B, meaning there's nothing to pay on road tax in the first year and then it's £10 after that.

Running the most efficient model in the range doesn't mean sluggish performance though. While it's no way near as rapid as the S6, the 2.0-litre 190hp offers enough gusto to get you up to motorway speed and it's happy cruising and eating up motorway miles. The cabin is super quiet, even at higher speeds and the ride absorbed bumps with ease.

The A6 is set up for cruising and comfort so the steering, even tweaked to Dynanic mode, will probably be a bit light for those wanting a bit more feedback.

Additions for facelifted models include xenon headlights with LED front and rear running lights as standard on SE. Audi has also updated its MMI infotainment system with more processing power to speed up whipping through menus.

The improvements Audi has made with its Ultra model bring it in line against BMW's 520d SE auto, matching it for CO2. However, the 5 Series is slightly faster and slightly more efficient and also more engaging to drive.

On a level playing field with the 5 Series the A6 might take it on how smart it looks on the inside and outside, it will come down to where your heart lies between those two brands.

There's always the Jaguar XF too for those looking for something a bit different which gets very close to the 5 Series on CPM at 67.5p, just shy of the BMW's 67.1p.

P11D price £33,485
Model price range £31,955-£58,000
Fuel consumption 67.3mpg
CO2 (tax) 109g/km (17%)
BIK 20/40% per month £94/£189*
Service interval 20,000mls
Insurance (1-50) N/A
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 530/1680 litres
Engine size/power 1968cc/190hp
Top speed/0-60mph 144mph/8.2secs
On sale December