Auto Express tests Audi A6 Avant vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

We don’t get the Audi A6 Avant here in America (being stuck with just the A6 Allroad) and it’s articles like these that make that make such facts painful to remember. That’s because the Audi A6 Avant is an excellent all-around luxury car and daily driver. However, there is a wagon in this segment that we do get in the ‘States — the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. So should we be jealous of European customers that get the Audi or happy that we get the Mercedes? Auto Express recently compared the two so we can now find out.

For this test, both cars are fitted with boring 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines. Both cars make 201 hp and both cars get great fuel economy. They both also get from 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds. So the playing field is pretty level. Though, it must be said that Audi’s engine is smoother and more refined.

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In terms of driving dynamics, Auto Express says the Audi A6 Avant is the better car of the two. Its steering is sharper and it’s more fun to drive, which is surprising given how the A6 seems to be losing driving comparisons to cars like the BMW 5 Series. Still, it seems to be more engaging to drive than the E-Class.

AE also claims that the Audi A6 is the more comfortable car, which is also surprising considering it’s said to be more fun. Typically, driving dynamics and ride comfort don’t always go together. The Audi A6 Avant seems to blend them well, though.

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The Audi A6 Avant is also more modern looking, more stylish and much more high-tech inside. In fact, the cabin tech of the A6 Avant pretty much beats up on the cabin tech of the E-Class. Though, both cars have excellent overall interiors.

So it sounds like the Audi A6 Avant wins the test, right? Wrong. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate takes the win for AE simply because of its larger trunk. Admittedly, it’s also an excellent car to drive, just one that isn’t quite as comfortable as the Audi. It’s also cheaper to own, the Benz. So when you factor those things in with the fact that it’s much more practical, it’s the Auto Express choice. Still, as car journalists, we find it hard to not vote for the car that drive better

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.