Best large car over $60,000

The new seventh-generation A6 showcases plenty of Audi’s technological innovation and engineering skills.

As befits luxury models, standard features and safety scores are equal best-in-class. For those looking for additional creature comforts and more advanced safety and driver assistance features, options are plentiful but, as is typical of the class, venturing there isn’t for the faint-hearted with some wallet-wilting prices.

The V6 turbo-diesel is now lighter and punches out an extra 4 kW. Claimed torque is a muscular 500 Nm. A smooth, slick-shifting seven-speed dual clutch transmission is standard, instead of the previous six-speed auto.

Buyers are becoming increasingly attracted to modern generation diesels with their refined and fuel miserly ways and Audi’s 3.0-litre TDI doesn’t disappoint on either count, making it an ideal fit for this executive express.

Ride quality is important in this class and the A6 proves composed and comfortable, albeit not quite a match for the supple cosseting ways of the class-leading XF Jaguar. Handling-wise though, it’s the A6 with its nose in front.

The German sedan delivers sure-footed all-wheel drive grip matched to accurate and consistent, if slightly dull, steering for a top-of-the-class handling score.

Audi’s fit and finish is something of a benchmark, even in the luxury car class.

Australia's Best Cars Best Large Car over $60,000 Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro

Manufacturer’s List Price: $116,500

Criteria out of 10 – Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro

Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  3M
Depreciation  2M
Running Costs  7L
Fuel Consumption  9M
Warranty and dealer access   5L
Insurance  5L
Standard Features  8H

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  10C
Environment  7C
Comfort  8C
Space  8H
Practicality  8M
Ergonomics  8C
Build and Finish  9C

On the Road   Rating 
Performance  9H
Ride  8C
Handling  9H
Braking  8H
Smoothness and Quietness   9C

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.