While the rest of the automotive industry is moving away from old-school technology and into the future, it seems as if a few of the German brands are still stuck in the past a bit. For instance, while the rest of the world shuns diesel fuel, Zee Germans seem to think performance diesel monsters are good ideas. Maybe so but, also, maybe not. Either way, we’re stuck with them and the Audi S6 Avant TDI is just the latest.
Car Throttle recently took delivery of a long-term Audi S6 Avant TDI, which they’ll have for a few months, have given their first impressions.
For starters, fake exhausts. When the Audi S6 Avant TDI first debuted, the first thing people complained about (after complaining about its diesel engine, of course) was its fake exhaust tips. It’s a frustrating trend with Audi, and other automakers, today, where it’s putting fake exhausts on its performance cars. On standard Audis, they’re just black plastic panels where exhausts used to be. We don’t love that but at least it looks clean. On the S6 Avant, though, there are actual fake pipes; four plastic fake pipes that are about three inches deep and lead to nowhere. It’s horrific.
Also, because of its diesel engine, it’s not nearly as fast as the previous-gen Audi S6. Not only that, but its turbocharged V6 diesel engine sounds gruff and course, compared to the roaring V8 petrol engine of the past generation, therefor it’s less exciting to drive.
So while the Audi S6 Avant TDI is a sold overall car; one that’s relatively quick, comfortable, quiet and practical; it falls very short of the typical S6 standard. So rather than it being the sporty, performance machine it used to be, it’s more of a do-it-all family wagon that can sometimes be kinda quick. The mighty have surely fallen.