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2007 Audi A6 Avant Review

Forward-looking Wagon

Audi A6 Avant

In short: A luxurious, tremendously well-built sporty wagon.

Avant in Audi-speak translates as “wagon,” but in Italian speak, avanti means forward. Odd, considering that wagons seem to be things of the past, replaced by SUVs as the preferred means to carry stuff too bulky or plentiful to fit in a sedan. While the days of the Country Squire are thankfully long gone, sport wagons like the A6 Avant live on for those drivers who still need that extra space, but yearn for the performance and handling prowess of a vehicle located just a little closer to Earth.

Offered only with Audi’s FSI direct injection 255-horsepower V6, the Avant is reasonably quick, and with its lower center of gravity, is certainly more fun to drive than Audi’s Q7 SUV. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, providing the all-weather traction most people seek from a sport utility.

Audi A6 Avant

The beautifully crafted A6 is filled with a long list of luxury, technology and safety features befitting a car that starts at just under $50,000. For 12 grand more, our test car included technology, convenience and S Line sport packages that included voice recognition navigation system, Sirius satellite radio, parking guidance, nineteen-inch wheels with summer tires, sport suspension, xenon headlamps, Bose premium stereo and memory for the standard twelve-way heated power front seats. There were also $500 sport seats and a $450 power tailgate.

Before literally stepping up to a luxury SUV, remember there is an old alternative out there that can carry almost as much stuff and is more fun to drive: the wagon, or if you prefer, Avant.

Read a review of the 2010 Audi A4 Avant

Audi A6 Avant

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile limited warranty, 12-year limited warranty against rust, 24-hour roadside assistance for four-years/unlimited miles.

Base Price: $48,000 / As Tested: $60,700

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon

Engine: 3.2-liter V6
Horsepower: 255 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 243 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4,167 lbs
Wheelbase: 111.9 in
194.2/79.2/58.2 in
Turning circle: 39.0 feet

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist
independent front and rear

Traction: all-wheel drive, vehicle stability control, locking differential, limited slip differential

Safety: front air bags, front side abdomen air bags, side curtain air bags, optional rear seat side air bags

0-62 mph: 7.3 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (governed)

EPA City: 19 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

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(Updated: 12/14/11 NW)