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  • Launched in 2020
  • Performance
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2020
  • Body type
    Performance
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    Petrol

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Supercar pace, estate car space

Best bits

  •  An iconic badge, huge power and ridiculous performance 
  •  Audi are the absolute masters when it comes to interiors, the RS6’s beautifully finished throughout 
  •  The load space is vast and well-shaped, so if you need your flatpack home faster than you can blink, look no further  

Not so great

  • More fun than previously, but not as laugh out loud enjoyable as some of its rivals 
  • Asking extra for a Sports Exhaust on a car like this isn’t uncommon, but it doesn’t make it right
  • A good chunk of Audi’s safety equipment remains on the options list, including rear side airbags

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Overall verdict

"Audi has a long, established history of producing shockingly quick estate cars, and the RS6 is exactly that. All the space and grace of a regular A6 Avant too. Where it’s lacking is in relation to engagement, it is fast, surefooted and able, but for all its incredible ability it’s a bit devoid of excitement."

Audi RS6 Exterior Front

The Audi RS6 is in its fourth generation, this iteration of Audi’s rapid estate car being introduced late 2019 and available in the UK from early 2020. It follows a now familiar brief, taking the Audi A6 Avant (that’s estate in Audi speak) and shoehorning a massive power engine into it. 


Needless to say Audi doesn’t just stop there, the fitment of a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 with 600PS and 800Nm of torque does mean that they’ve also been very busy thoroughly revising the suspension, brakes and everything else to manage that prodigious output.


It looks a good bit more muscular than its A6 Avant relations, but not so wild that to many it’s little more than a handsome, big estate car. It’s all that, and more, as the mighty output means this is an estate that can carry four in real comfort (five at a push) with a boot load of luggage, at a pace you’d usually need a supercar for. 


That power, and the massive 800Nm or torque, a quattro four-wheel drive transmission and an eight-speed automatic gearbox allow the RS6 to launch to 62mph in just 3.6 seconds. That’s just half a second slower than a Ferrari 488 GTB, and the same as a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. The RS6 is quite ridiculously accelerative for something so big, and useful. 


Keep the accelerator buried in the floor, and so long as you’re in its German homeland on an unrestricted autobahn, you’ll be able to keep those exotic cars honest chasing ever bigger numbers. Audi electronically limits its top speed to 155mph, but you can pay to have that raised to 174mph, or, indeed, completely removed. Do that and the laws of physics will eventually rein in the acceleration at 1mph shy of 190mph, all this in a car that’s got a boot which, with those rear seats folded, has a maximum capacity of 1,680 litres. 


It’s a very capable, rounded car, then, with the everyday practicality of a big estate car, combined with the outrageous pace of sports and supercars. 


There are a few compromises because of this, that big engine will burn though plenty of fuel, and all other associated running costs will be higher, too. Given it effectively combines all the cars you could ever want or need in one package, you can make a strong argument that it’s actually a very sensible proposition, saving you buying a Ferrari, Porsche or even an Audi R8 to park alongside one of the RS6’s more sensibly powered A6 Avant relations. 


It retains all the A6’s qualities too, so the cabin is spacious and well designed. Audi is head and shoulders the class leader when it comes to the quality of its interiors too. A supercar you can actually justify, not just as an indulgence either, as the RS6 is a car that can be used and enjoyed everyday, doing everything from the mad to the mundane, and everything in between.  


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Audi RS6

RS 6 TFSI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic

  • 2021
  • 2,500 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall Audi Wimbledon
  • Surrey, SW191JZ
Price:£108,000
PCP: £1,492.73/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £1,492.73, Customer Deposit: £16,200.00, Total Deposit: £16,200.00, Optional Final Payment: £53,380.00, Total Charge For Credit: £13,825.55, Total Amount Payable: £121,825.55, Representative APR: 6.5%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.49%, Excess Mileage Charge: 47.98ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Audi RS6

RS 6 TFSI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr Tiptronic

  • 2021
  • 3,000 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Ipswich Audi
  • Suffolk, IP39SQ
Price:£103,000
PCP: £1,303.54/moDeposit cont. £250

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £1,303.54, Customer Deposit: £15,450.00, Total Deposit: £15,700.00, Lender Deposit Contribution: £250.00, Optional Final Payment: £56,107.50, Total Charge For Credit: £14,431.40, Total Amount Payable: £117,431.40, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.88%, Excess Mileage Charge: 47.98ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Audi RS6 right for you?

The RS6 is a car that will be bought by a wide range of people, assuming you’ve got the deep pockets required to pay for it. Prices start at around £93,000 and rising up to £110,000, that before you’ve added any options. 


If you have a sports or supercar in your garage, and are used to, and expect that kind of power in your family wheels, then the RS6 is probably right for you, or at least be one of the three performance estates you’re considering. Rivals are relatively scant, with performance SUVs more prevalent, but Alpina and Mercedes-AMG do offer direct rivals with the B5 Bi-Turbo Touring (based on the BMW 5 Series) and the E63S Estate, respectively.  


Of the three the RS6 is arguably the most sensible, crazy as that might sound, the Mercedes-AMG being a more wild drive, while the Alpina is a very niche choice in an already niche marketplace, however good it might be. There’s a good chance you’ve owned an RS4 before considering the RS6, or, indeed, the S6, the RS6’s slightly less outrageous understudy in the Audi line-up. 


What’s the best Audi RS6 model/engine to choose?

Like the RS4 below it in Audi’s madcap, rapid estate car line-up, the RS6 is offered in three trim levels. There’s the standard RS6 Avant, the RS6 Carbon Black and range-topping RS6 Vorsprung. 


All are powered by the same 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine, which, in a bid to improve economy features a 48 Volt Mild Hybrid System – essentially an extended stop-start system that allows the RS6 to coast and scavenge back energy when possible. They all feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and drive all four wheels via Audi’s quattro system, and, unlike some previous RS6s, it’s only offered in Avant guise. 


The RS6 Avant comes hugely specified, the Carbon Black model adding black detailing for a more menacing look inside and out. The Vorsprung has a specification list befitting its flagship status, gaining things like RS Sports Suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, the best audio equipment and all of Audi’s available driver assistance systems.  A standard RS6, with the Comfort and Sound Pack, and the RS Sports exhaust system is all you really need.  


What other cars are similar to the Audi RS6?

The performance estate marketplace is relatively small, inexplicably, it’s ignored by BMW, it not offering a load friendly version of its M5, though Alpina does make the B5 Bi-Turbo Touring AWD, which has a 4.4-litre turbocharged V8, 3.7 second 0-62mph time and 200mph top speed, allied to a 1700 litre maximum boot capacity. 


Mercedes-AMG has the E63 S 4Matic+, which, again, has a twin turbo V8, with 612PS, a 3.5 second 0-62mph time and 186mph top speed. It’s also got the biggest boot here, at 1820 litres maximum capacity. Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo is worth considering, too, if you’re sold on the estate car vibe, without necessarily wanting the huge luggage capacity, though it’s not as small inside as you might imagine. 


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