The exterior dimensions of the new Audi A6 Avant have grown only slightly compared with the predecessor model, but this nevertheless translates to a more spacious interior.
A 12-millimeter (0.5 in) increase in wheelbase translates to 21 millimeters (0.8 in) of additional interior length. It also tops its key competitors in this criterion, as well as in front elbow room and rear leg room.
The new Audi A6 Avant is an outstanding long-distance car. Occupants experience ultimate comfort with respect to both aeroacoustics and interior equipment and trim.
Audi offers sport seats as an alternative to the standard front seats. From the trim lines sport and design, Audi also offers the new S sport seats and the customized contour seats. The S sport seats, which will be available shortly after launch, offer excellent support with their high side bolsters and integrated head restraints. The customized contour seats are extremely adjustable and feature electro-pneumatic lumbar support and side bolsters.
Other options include seat heating, ventilation and a back massage function. Ten air-filled chambers move according to seven programs and with three intensities.
Options for the rear of the new A6 Avant include side airbags at the outside seating positions and illuminated seatbelt buckles. Storage is generous and can be further expanded with the storage package, which includes a luggage net for the luggage compartment. Audi offers a choice of four multifunction steering wheels. The top version has three spokes, shift paddles and a heated ring that is flattened at the bottom.
An optional four-zone unit replaces the standard two-zone automatic air conditioning. Featuring an ionizer and fragrancing with two subtle scents, the air quality package makes the air in the interior even more pleasant. The adaptive wipers for the windshield and the rear window feature an innovative controller that considers the speed driven, the outside temperature and how dirty the glass is. The spray nozzles are integrated into the wiper arms, and the water is sprayed directly in front of the blades, always at the correct angle.
An important factor for the comfort on board the new Audi A6 Avant is the excellent aeroacoustics. This is due in part to the sophisticated sealing concept for the doors and tailgate, and also the exterior mirrors mounted on the door rails. Audi offers the option of acoustic double glazing for everywhere except the rear window. Tinted privacy glass for the rear, a heated windshield and rear blinds are also available. The panoramic glass sunroof spans the entire width of the roof. The glass surface is 30 percent larger than with the predecessor model and admits plenty of light and air into the interior.
The new Audi A6 Avant achieves a Cd value of 0.27 (for a future base model). The outer areas of its air inlets in the front bumper have separate openings for improved aerodynamics. The door rail mirrors offer little windage for the slipstream, and at the rear of the car, the long roof edge spoiler, the gutters at the rear window and the contours of the lights contribute to the defined separation of the air flow. On the underbody, air dams and small spoilers in front of the front wheels and in front of the spare wheel well, for example, precisely guide the flow of air. Large panels cover the engine compartment, the side areas of the passenger cell, the rear trailing arms, the fuel tank and the SCR tank.
Audi uses a mix of different materials in the body of the new A6 Avant. Hot-shaped steel components accounting for roughly 23 percent of the body-in-white’s weight comprise the ultra-high-strength backbone of the occupant cell. They reinforce the lower section of the front bulkhead, the side sills, the rear cross member, the B-pillars and the front zone of the roof line. In large areas of the body-in-white, Audi also uses sheet metal blanks whose wall thicknesses vary between 0.75 and 2.05 millimeters (0.03 – 0.08 in) depending on requirements. These tailored blanks also combine low weight with high strength. An innovative, particularly lightweight sandwich component of steel and polymer serves as the rear roof frame.
The aluminum components in the body-in-white together weigh 11.7 kilograms (25.8 lb). The strut domes are cast aluminum; the D-pillar supports are made of aluminum sheet. The doors, the hood, the front fenders and the tailgate are also aluminum sheet parts. With the 2.0 TDI engine, the large Avant has a curb weight of 1,710 kilograms (3,769.9 lb).
The body of the new Audi A6 Avant was also developed to meet the most demanding requirements with respect to passive safety. The optimized load application points and the meticulous tuning of the resonances improve the body’s acoustic characteristics. The mufflers in the exhaust system are connected to one another in such a way that low-frequency intrusive noise is largely eliminated.
All terms marked in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.