A large sedan with a four-cylinder TDI just shouldn’t work, but it does. In fact, BMW are planning to offer a 3-cylinder version of the G30 5 Series, but that’s another story.
How does the A6 ultra perform? Not badly, as this video by Automan will show you. Under the bonnet is a mill that produces 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. As far as we know, it’s only available in Europe with a choice of 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed S tronic with a very long gear ratio.
It’s a brand new gearbox that Audi offers on A6 and A7 models with front-wheel drive and replaces the old CVT units.
After reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds, the A6 ultra feel a little sluggish. There is also a petrol-powered version with a 1.8 TSI or a 150 PS base diesel, but we think this diesel is a better fit for the car. Even at speeds of around 160 km/h (100 mph), the fuel consumption stays relatively low. With 400 Nm, it’s also punchy enough to use in town, where the size of the A6 is a disadvantage.
Available from 44,050 euros with this 190 horsepower 2-liter TDI and the S tronic gearbox, the A6 ultra seems like it’s going to b a popular company car.