Audi saloons are hugely popular for business representatives and executives alike due to their premium finish, comfort and reliability. But choosing one can be tricky, thanks to a vast variety of trim levels and specifications. So which one is best for you? We’ve picked out three models which should help make that all-important decision:
The smart choice for saving money – Audi A6 SE 2.0 TDI Ultra 6 Speed
The SE sits at the bottom of the Audi A6 range, and starts from £32,285. For this, you get 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and an Audi sound system. As with all German cars, there are plenty of options of engines which can be mounted to either a 6-speed manual, S Tronic or Tiptronic gearbox with front wheel drive or Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system.
The base engine is a 2.0 TDI ultra diesel which produces a modest 187 bhp and offers fuel economy of 64.2 mpg on a combined cycle, which makes it a good candidate for a company car. The standard colours are black or white, but for £675 the choice of shades increases. A variety of alloys can be added, but it’s worth bearing in mind that the majority of alloys come with a £1,800 premium.
In the cabin, leather comes as standard and if you’re feeling flush you can add heated front seats for a fee of £320. You also get a few toys in the form of SD card based satellite navigation, Audi audio system, DAB radio and Bluetooth phone connection. Driving aids include cruise control, hill assist and dynamic suspension.
The smart choice for value – S Line 2.0 TDI ultra S Tronic
If you’ve got a slightly higher budget, then it would be worth looking at the S Line Edition which brings larger alloys and comes with the S Line styling package. This is ideal for customers who are looking for something a bit sportier and the front valcona sports seats reflect that.
Also included in the price are LED headlights with high beam assist as well as the technology features included in the SE. Once again the 2.0 TDI is available, but if you go with the 3.0 TDI it gives more power but does push the price over £40,000.
You can stick with the 6 speed manual but it may be worth paying £1,530 more to get the S Tronic gearbox which gives better MPG; 67.3 as opposed to 64.2 – and will save money in the long run.
As with the SE you can opt to pay £675 for more choice of paint but with the S Line the same price will also get you a pearl effect option. In the cabin you opt for 2 choices of seat trim, with either leather or for alcantara available.
The smart choice for technophiles – Audi 3.0 TDI Quattro Tiptronic Black Edition
For those who seek the highest performance possible, the Black Edition would be the pick of the bunch. The base model costs £37,670 which includes even bigger alloys at 20 inches, privacy glass, Black styling pack and a BOSE surround sound system. The 2.0 TDI is still available on this model but if you want more ‘schnell’ than look no further than the top spec 3.0-litre TDI Tiptronic with Quattro drive system.
This gives the business saloon a barn storming 317 bhp. As expected the mpg will go down, combined cycle on the TDI drops down to 45.6 mpg.
Paint options remain the same as the S Line and the Black also comes with LED headlights as standard.
Author: Aaron Alleyne-Wake