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2004 Audi A6 Avant 1.9TDi Final Edition

Oct 2007 - First Report (96,000 miles)

2004 Audi A6 Avant 1.9TDi Final Edition 2004 Audi A6 Avant 1.9TDi Final Edition 2004 Audi A6 Avant 1.9TDi Final Edition

Technically this isn’t mine but I’ve never subscribed to the "its only a company car" line, I treat it as my own. In other words it gets caned.

When choosing a car how many of us are honest with ourselves and really buy what we need not what we think we want? Go on admit it - you needed a fast, great handling stunning looking coupe, what you ended up with was an economical family car to carry the kids plus room to fit in all the jetsam and flotsam that seems to go with them these days. It happens to the best of us.

I am lucky that I get a company car and when I came to choose the new one a few years back I desperately wanted a real driver’s car with loads of grunt and great looks. Trouble is, with the current company car tax rules, that kind of car costs you a small fortune in tax and, more importantly, makes you unpopular with your teenage kids folded into the "amputees only" seats in the back. So I decided on a diesel (good for tax) and a big estate (great for the growing kids). A bit of haggling and a decent cheque from the MD and I took the keys to a shiny new Audi A6 Avant 1.9Tdi. "A 1.9Tdi" I hear the cries, "wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding!" Yes, it’s not the quickest car in a drag race but when driven with one eye on the road ahead it will make good progress and can easily cruise with the best on the Motorway at "really Officer, that fast?" speeds. Over 96k miles it has averaged 43mpg which gives 650 miles between fill-ups, even with me driving it.

The quality of the car is beyond reproach, the fittings are "hewn from rock" sturdy and the ergonomics are efficient in the way that only the Germans can do. I suppose the word you would use is "solid" and it’s a great place to spend many boring hours ploughing up or down your chosen Motorway. The Bose stereo is "WOW" fantastic providing "Chav" levels of volume and bass with real clarity. No MP3 connection points but it does have two SD card slots behind the Satnav screen so you can have your MP3 and eat it. The huge load area makes it a fantastic holiday / DIY / Service Barge car. Very clever under boot floor and side storage means you can keep the boot free from clutter and stop things flying around when you get enthusiastic in the corners. Talking of things flying around, what’s very clever is the cargo net that pulls out of the boot’s cover to stop ingress of items stacked above the seat level, trust those Germans to think of that!

Gripes? Seats - Finished in the super soft Nappa leather (of a quality feel I’ve never before seen in a German car) they are OK for me but passengers complain of backache after 2 hours. They provide no support in the twisties either. I find myself holding on to the wheel in the corners which has resulted in a bad back, so now if I am heading for a good set of corners I wind the backrest up to help. Poor radio reception (appalling on Radio 5) and the cost of parts etc is shocking...I bet Skoda don’t charge £29 for a pair of wiper blades and a rear rubber.

Overall I love the car, in fact it’s the best everyday car I’ve ever had and second hand it would be a great buy. Would I have another? Well this is my second but no I wouldn’t. I am afraid Audi have become too marketing led and too aggressive so next time round I fancy a change. It will be a hard act to follow, I’ll keep you posted on progress.

Nick.

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