In Audi’s lineup, it’s genuinely difficult to choose a better daily driver than the A6 Avant. Its blend of style, luxury, practicality and driving dynamics is unmatched in Audi’s portfolio. Now, though, it’s gotten even better, thanks to the edition of a new plug-in hybrid model — the Audi A6 Avant TFSI e Quattro.
Under the hood of the new A6 Avant 55 TFSI e is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. It’s the same basic four-pot turbo you’ll find in the A4 and standard A6. However, in for TFSI e-duty, the Audi A6 Avant also gets an electric motor attached to it, which adds a whopping 258 lb-ft of torque on its own.
Now, because of complicated sciency stuff and maths, you don’t just add those two torque figures together to get its peak torque. Instead, peak combined torque is 368 lb-ft, which is still a whole lot. Peak horsepower is 361 hp, which makes it more powerful than the Audi S4. According to Audi, 0-60 mph happens in 5.7 seconds. That slots the hybrid in between the A6 2.0T (6.1 seconds) and the A6 3.0T (5.1 seconds), in terms of straight-line performance.
However, while the hybrid model might not be as fast as the turbocharged V6 model, it has another trick up its sleeve. The Audi A6 Avant TFSI e is capable of 51 km (31.7 mi) of pure electric range and can even reach 135 km/h (83.9 mph) using only its electric motor.
To charge the 7.4 kWh battery pack from flat to full, it takes about 2.5 hours. So plug it in when you get home and in a couple of hours, you have another 31 miles of pure electric range. For just popping to some stores around town, this is perfect and will save owners a ton of fuel.
Speaking of fuel savings, when using both the gasoline engine and electric motor, the hybrid A6 can return a very healthy 112.0–123.8 combined mpg. Now, combined mpg is confusing and complicated, so don’t go thinking your A6 TFSI e can do 123 miles to the gallon in the real world. Still, it’s an impressive figure.
Aside from the addition of its electric motor, battery pack and all-electric driving mode, the Audi A6 Avant TFSI e is essentially the same as the standard A6 Avant. Which means it looks great, has a fantastic interior and its driving dynamics are a great blend of agility and comfort.
Prices for the hybrid A6 in Germany start at EUR 71,940 ($77,907), which isn’t exactly cheap. Having said that, because of the hybrid version’s nice blend of performance, efficiency and all-electric range, we think it’s worth the money. In fact, it’s probably the best A6 model on the market.