Motor Trend drives the Audi A6 Avant — Not Forbidden Fruit For Long

There have been quite a few sources claiming that the new Audi A6 Avant will be coming to the US market. While we don’t have any official info, it seems likely at this point, due to the consistency of the sources. However, Motor Trend went across the Atlantic to test out the A6 Avant, something they call “Forbidden Fruit”. Not for long we hope.

So what’s the Audi A6 Avant like? In short, very good.

Just looking at it is enjoyable. Its tight, crisp body lines and handsome profile make it far more attractive than most boring crossovers. It’s also one of the best looking wagons on the market right now, right up there with the Volvo V90 and Jaguar XF Sportbrake. As MT’s Angus MacKenzie points out, it should age well also, which is good news for those of you looking to grab one in a few years on the second-hand market.


Inside, it’s as beautifully appointed as the standard A6 sedan, so nothing new there. The only real difference is cargo space, obviously. The A6 Avant can swallow luggage like an SUV, despite being significantly smaller than most. So it’s just as practical as the more expensive crossovers that flood today’s American market.

Despite being every bit as practical as most SUVs, the A6 Avant is less expensive and more efficient, making it the wiser financial choice. More than that, it’s more fun to drive. With sharp steering, superb body control and a supple suspension, the Audi A6 Avant is actually enjoyable to chuck down a mountain road. Is it as fun as the BMW 5 Series Touring or the aforementioned Jaguar? No, probably not. But it’s more fun than the comparable SUV, that’s for sure.

We seriously hope that the Audi A6 Avant comes ‘Stateside. It just makes so much sense as a daily driver for so many enthusiasts and it’s such a great car. This Motor Trend review only drives those points home even further. Let’s hope it’s not forbidden fruit for long.

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.