The relentless pursuit of efficiency gains by Audi engineers has led to the inclusion of an even more frugal version of the critically acclaimed Audi A6 ultra executive saloon in the new range that is now available for UK ordering. Priced from £31,955 OTR in Saloon form or £33,955 as an Avant, the latest ultra model extracts even more mileage out of each gallon than its recently introduced predecessor, emits as little as 109g/km of CO2 and doesn’t ask drivers to forego attractions like the S line sports specification in return.
The even more fuel-sparing models join a line-up which has been bolstered by styling revisions, upgraded lighting options, a new infotainment system and new transmissions. Like all other A6 and A6 allroad variants they are open for order now and will reach their first UK owners in December. High performance S6, S6 Avant and RS 6 Avant models will follow shortly afterwards.
Already an efficiency champion with the potential for up to 64.2mpg and low emissions of just 114g/km, the A6 2.0 TDI ultra Saloon with S tronic twin-clutch transmission has now increased its range to 67.3mpg and cut its emissions to 109g/km in SE form with 17-inch alloy wheels. With the S line specification, including 18-inch alloy wheels, its economy capability remains unchanged and its emissions increase only very slightly to 110g/km.
This is good news for business users, particularly those in the market for the TDI ultra in SE form with S tronic transmission, which benefits from a BIK rate change from 18 per cent to 17 per cent, equating to a liability for a 40% tax payer of £2,273 in the first year. Manual transmission models with their reduced 113g/km output and 65.7mpg economy are only just above at 18 per cent.
This step forward from an already impressive starting point also moves both ultra versions of the new A6 Saloon from VED band C to band B, allowing owners to benefit from free road fund licencing in the first year of ownership and a £10 annual saving thereafter over the outgoing model at just £20 per year.
In the Avant versions of the TDI ultra SE, the uplift in efficiency has resulted in an improved CO2 figure of 114g/km for S tronic versions, equating to a combined fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg, or 118g/km and 60.1mpg for versions equipped with manual transmission.
The ultra models are joined in the new A6 Saloon and Avant ranges by four other versions powered by three V6 TDI engines with varying power outputs and either single or twin turbo charging. All comply with the Euro 6 emission standard.
The 3.0-litre six-cylinder TDI ‘clean diesel’ units kick off with a single-turbo V6 with 218PS which replaces the existing 204PS version, and is available in conjunction with either front-wheel-drive or quattro all-wheel-drive. This is followed by a 272PS variant, also with a single charger, which takes over from the outgoing 245PS unit and is linked exclusively to quattro drive.
At the top of the range, the 3.0 TDI clean diesel biturbo produces 320PS, an increase of 7PS over its existing equivalent, and again is allied exclusively to the quattro drivetrain. The high‑performance diesel is paired with an eight‑speed tiptronic automatic transmission. All other V6 options are linked to a seven‑speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.
|Model||Model||Power||Pricing (OTR)||S line premium||Black Edition premium|
|A6 Saloon||2.0 TDI ultra manual||190 PS||£31,955||£2,450||£2,175|
|2.0 TDI ultra S tronic||190 PS||£33,485|
|3.0 TDI||218 PS||£38,095|
|3.0 TDI quattro S tronic||218 PS||£39,855|
|3.0 TDI quattro||272 PS||£41,415|
|3.0 BiTDI quattro||320 PS||£46,125|
|A6 Avant||2.0 TDI ultra manual||190 PS||£33,955||£2,450||£2,175|
|2.0 TDI ultra S tronic||190 PS||£35,485|
|3.0 TDI S tronic||218 PS||£40,095|
|3.0 TDI quattro S tronic||218 PS||£41,855|
|3.0 TDI quattro||272 PS||£43,415|
|3.0 BiTDI quattro||320 PS||£48,125|
|A6 allroad quattro||3.0 TDI quattro||218 PS||£45,255||–||–|
|3.0 TDI quattro||272 PS||£46,815|
|3.0 BiTDI quattro||320 PS||£51,620|
|S6 Saloon||4.0 TFSI quattro||450 PS||£56,000||–||–|
|S6 Avant||4.0 TFSI quattro||450 PS||£58,000||–||–|
|RS 6 Avant||4.0 TFSI quattro||560 PS||TBC||–||–|