VIDEO: Carwow drives the new diesel-powered Audi S6 Avant TDI

When the all-new Audi S6 Avant TDI made its original debut, there was quite a lot of outrage among European customers. That’s because, in Europe, the S6 is actually diesel-powered, using a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine, and that’s sort of lame in a performance car. Thankfully, it’s still gasoline powered in America (yay, a win for us). But there are actually some enthusiasts who think that a diesel engine suits the S6 well. So what does Carwow’s Mat Watson have to say?

In this new video, Watson takes us through the new Audi S6 Avant TDI, some of its good features and some of its not so good features.

Let’s start with the good features. It looks great, with its sharp lines and aggressive body work, and it has a great interior. It also gets upgraded suspension and brakes over the standard Audi A6, as well as some really slick technology. Thanks to its optional air suspension, it also rides really well and is very comfortable.

But what about the not so great things? Well, it’s a diesel and it sounds like one. Its engine and exhaust notes are just plain boring and gross. Speaking of exhausts, it gets four fake exhaust pipes which are even cheesier than the black plastic panels of most current Audis. It’s also not very exciting to drive, with an engine that’s reasonably quick but completely devoid of character. While it’s capable through twisty corners, it’s not very enjoyable to drive quickly.

That last bit is okay in a high-powered executive sedan if it’s exciting in a straight line, just like the last-gen Audi S6 was with its 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8. But if it’s boring to drive in a straight line as well, and is barely any faster than the Audi A6 3.0 TDI, what’s the point of getting the Audi S6 Avant TDI? There honestly doesn’t seem to be any.

So if you want a new Audi S6, only get one if you’re in North America, where it gets a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.

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.