The idea of a premium badged car here is of a sedan, that’s what people want. But in the home continent of BMW, Mercedes and Audi, these German brands shift a big amount of wagons, whether in the 3-Series/A4 segment or the 5-Series/A6 class. No range is complete without a wagon, so Audi has launched the Avant version of its new A6.

Looking sleek as usual, the A6 Avant is 4,930 mm long and 1,870 mm wide, which is slightly longer and wider than the F11 BMW 5-Series Touring. Its wheelbase has grown by quite a bit to 2,910 mm as well. This is not a wagon from the old Volvo box script, so you’ll notice a low, early-sloping roof line and flat D-pillars, which Audi says make the car look dynamic. By the way, the new A6 Avant is up to 70 kg lighter than the car it replaces.

Just like with the dimensions, the A6 Avant’s luggage compartment beats the BMW Touring’s by a bit – 565 litres versus 560. The loading lip is low and the split rear seat backs can be folded down using the remote release on the sides of the trunk. This increases capacity to 1,680 litres. Lashing eyes, side restraining straps, bag hooks, a double cargo floor, a rail luggage fixing system, a dirt-resistant tray and roof rails are standard.

Optional equipment include a load-through hatch, a fixing set that uses the two standard rails in the cargo floor, and a power rear hatch with an integrated power luggage compartment cover.

Making its debut is the gesture-based control of the power hatch in combination with the key fob. If the driver stands behind the car and makes a “specific movement” with his or her foot, two sensors open the hatch. Not sure if this movement is a kick, as we did in the European Volkswagen Passat.

Six engines are available. The 2.0 TDI (177 hp) has the best fuel consumption figures. Paired with the manual gearbox, it consumes on average just 5.0 litres per 100 km. The 3.0 TDI is available in three variants: 204 hp, 245 hp and 313 hp. The latter twin-turbo unit has a two-stage turbocharger group that delivers a maximum boost pressure of up to 3.2 bar. This one does 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, the kind of time that was reserved for junior supercars not too long ago.

On the petrol side, the 2.8 FSI with 204 hp uses Audi’s valvelift system, which varies the lift of the intake valves in two stages as necessary. This allows the engine to breathe easier, increasing torque and reducing fuel consumption. If not enough, there’s the 3.0 TFSI with 300 horses.

All engines come with start-stop, recuperation system and a thermal management system that quickly brings the coolant and motor oil up to their operating temperatures. With the help of these, fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 18% over the previous model. The new Avant is also a strong tow car with a rated towing capacity of 2,100 kg.