What would you do if you found yourself at a beautiful rally school, with access to a rally driving instructor, the keys to an Audi A6 quattro and the knowledge that you needed some cool photos for the next long-term update? The picture above is evidence of my answer, and the pro driver didn’t hold back in getting our A6 sideways.
Luckily for the Audi, there was no time for me to try my hand at rally driving, so it was all down to James at Langley Driving School to set up the A6 for the dramatic shot. It certainly looked in its element fully ‘lit’, and I don’t think it will ever look as special as it did dancing and gliding around the course, looking incredibly serene for such a big estate. I felt rather proud while snapping the photos and couldn’t help but be impressed by the technology that was first developed for the Audi Quattro rally cars of the eighties, that can still be seen working away under the skin in Audi’s latest executive car. James was suitably impressed too, saying “there’s so much power, so much torque – I can’t believe how well it goes around the course”. It’s just a shame that my efforts to get a shot with mud baked on the car was fruitless.
Merely hours after submitting last month’s Our Cars report, the A6 and I were back on the M40, enjoying Spotify via the Apple CarPlay connection, when something moved. Glancing over to the passenger footwell, it was a piece of interior trim from under the dashboard that must have come loose and fell off whilst driving along. Not very Audi-like. Somewhat keen to make up for its self-weight reduction, the A6 proudly passed a milestone; sailing through the 20,000 mile mark, on yet another motorway. Unfortunately, I actually missed the actual moment, as I had Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit set to either the maps or audio menu, which hides the odometer. Strangely, the fuel range until empty is constantly shown, no matter what – but that does serve as a reminder that the A6 is great at conserving fuel (unless it’s sideways on a rally course…) and the figures don’t drop too rapidly.
Prior to all this excitement, it was time for the A6’s first service, which I was made well aware of by a mileage countdown message every time the car started. I’m particularly happy to report that after all the frustrations with reliability and being on first name terms with the dealer in the preceding months, the A6 was given a clean bill of health in return for a not-insignificant £380.76. Apart, that is, from the rear parcel shelf runners: they’re still broken.
Date arrived 18th January 2019
Fuel economy 37.2-39.2mpg (WLTP combined) 44.3mpg (on test)
The A6 Avant’s four-wheel drive system is living up to the legendary quattro name.
The interior is undressing itself as I drive along.