For one day only this month, the A6 and I learned what it would be like to be in the removals business. A friend was moving house, and said acquaintance had also heard about my custodianship of the cavernous A6. The next thing I knew, I had some idea of what it would be like to witness the aftermath of nuclear warfare on Ikea. The car lay waiting, its tailgate raised, with a plethora of disassembled furniture scattered around it. As my biceps more closely resemble turkey twizzlers than tennis balls, I stood aside while the boot greedily swallowed a wardrobe, chest of drawers and numerous storage boxes. Even a step ladder found its way into the luggage compartment, and despite planning on making two trips, we somehow stuffed everything into the carís almost 1,700-litre belly in one hit.
It was certainly an impressive feat given that the A6 in fact boasts one of the smallest boots in its class. Youíll get marginally more room in a BMW 5 Series Touring or a Volvo V90, and the E-Class offers almost 100 litres of extra space. But statistics donít tell the whole story, and the Audiís square boot floor makes it ridiculously practical ñ I certainly donít feel short-changed.
But after passing the boot space test with flying colours, the Avantís mile-munching credentials were thrust under the microscope. Until now, I had only scratched the surface with a handful of airport runs, but what it needed was a proper slog. So, at 5.30am on a Wednesday morning, I left home in Birmingham and set off for Beaulieu, in the New Forest, for a busy day of photography and filming. Then, at 6.30 that evening, I told the navigation system to set course for Hexham, in Northumberland. And yes, you did read that correctly ñ I told the car where it was going. Of course, Iím well aware that the A6 is hardly the first car to have such a feature, but in my experience, it is the first voice control system that actually works.
I was faced with a 370-mile drive, and despite the long distance and full day of work already under my belt, I relished the journey ahead. I love a good road trip. After taking on some supplies ñ diesel for the Audi and a selection of drinks, crisps and sandwiches for me ñ we were ready to face the long journey north. Displayed crystal clear on the infotainment screen was the ETA of 1am, but like everyone else, I decided I could easily beat that. And I was right. At about half past midnight I pulled up outside my overnight halt, still relatively chirpy. The fantastically low driving position, soothing ambient lighting, crystal clear Bang & Olufsen sound system and the magnificent V6 engine up front got the job done without making me feel as though I wanted to sit in a lay-by and cry myself to sleep. They couldnít prevent the numb bum that comes from sitting on those seats for about six hours, though.
Date arrived 18th January 2019
Fuel economy 37.2-39.2mpg (WLTP combined) 42.8mpg (on test)
When playing music through Apple CarPlay, I love that the track info is displayed on the Virtual Cockpit.
I’m already bored of people saying to me “Oh wow, a 5.0-litre”. Is this confusing badging really necessary?