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First report: Audi A6 Avant long-term test

Date: 05 August 2022   |   Author: Guy Bird

The A6 Avant has always been a fine motor and now we're going to see how its plug-in hybrid version fits into our life.
Audi A6 Avant 50 TFSI e quattro S Line (auto)
P11D price: £60,285
As tested: £63,320 (OTR)
Official consumption: 217.3mpg
Our average consumption: n/a
Mileage: 2,294

When friends and family ask me for 'next car' recommendations I've often suggested the Audi A6 Avant, especially to friends with families who go on fairly regular big missions. It's very smart without shouting too loud and also super-spacious. It feels like a car you can just chuck things in and go. 

There was a regular hybrid A6 in the Mk4 edition (2011-2018) but it wasn't until mid-way through the current fifth-generation model, that plug-in hybrid versions have become available in the UK. For the next half-year we're going to evaluate the 299hp 50 TFSI e quattro, which can dispatch 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds, and also has a good-sized battery with a usable capacity of 14.4kWh, which translates to about 40 miles of electric-only range. As we don't have off street parking we'll be hoping to top that up as often as possible from our local neighbourhood charging lamp post. 

Having got used to a full-electric car over the previous nine months, it's a process that holds no fear, takes about 3-4 hours from the 5kW post charger and still only costs 0.24 pence per kWh. Having a PHEV rather than a BEV also means longer journeys hold no fear either - or at least dispense with the need for military planning. Case in point: just one week in with the new Avant, I had to make a work trip to Milton Keynes from south London - via Hackney to pick up a photographer and his not inconsiderable equipment - conduct an interview in Milton Keynes, drop the photographer off at Luton Parkway on the way back, then steam down to Goodwood for a pre-Festival of Speed show dinner, attend the event the next day and get back to London the following evening. All in all, that 48-hour, 240-mile round trip was conducted without a whiff of range anxiety (or a fill-up). Blissful, except for the eventual re-fuel, at least made less painful by using a cheaper (but still 1.87 per litre) supermarket petrol station.   

Those early journeys proved pretty comfortable upfront and the large boot - 405-1535-litre min/max - swallowed all that was thrown in it, although I've already repositioned the charging cable bag towards the innermost part of the boot to make more space near the load lip. I'm also questioning the need to carry three different cables when I only ever use one. No doubt the day I take the other two out I'll need them, so for now they're all staying put.

The A6 Avant 50 TFSI e quattro looks and feels like a very premium car and has a very premium price. In mid-range S Line trim, its £60,340 OTR buys matrix LED headlights, 19in wheels plus lane departure warning safety kit. The only cost options are Daytona grey pearl effect paint (£685) and the comfort and sound [ack (£2295), which includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system, multi-coloured interior LEDs and parking assist with parking aid plus with 360-degree view cameras - which have already come in extremely handy when on-street parking the A6 Avant's near five-metre length.

From an economy and tax proposition, this model registers 31g/km of CO2 and crucially an official 41 miles of electric range, which means it only attracts a 8% BIK band for 2022-23. By comparison, the BIK rate for a PHEV with an official EV range of 39 miles or less jumps up four percentage points - to 12% this tax year. That BIK distinction and saving is definitely worth having and also makes charging more worthwhile too. Aside from the 240-round trip mentioned, we've managed to stay almost entirely on electric charge for other local trips, but will be monitoring that balance of powertrain resource in the coming months among many other new features.



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