Double Take: Audi A6 3.0T quattro Avant

Last week I wrote up a 2007 A6 3.2 quattro Avant S-Line, the end of a dying breed of luxury wagons from German manufacturers. But before they fully dismissed the large wagon from U.S. shores, Audi went out with a bang when it refreshed the A6 in 2009. Minor updates to styling once again brought the A6 in line with the new design language from Audi, but the real change was under the skin. As they had with the previous models, in an attempt to save some weight from the large Audis the company utilized aluminum throughout; the 3.0Ts featured aluminum hood and fenders like the previous generation S6 had. Additionally, just like the 3.2 had been, the new 3.0T was an aluminum block; the decrease in displacement was more than made up for with a literal boost from the supercharger. With a full 20% power increase to 300 horsepower and 310 lb.ft of torque at a low 2,500 rpm, the new 3.0T was a much better performer than the 3.2 FSi V6 had been and was, briefly, a defacto S-Avant that was missing from the lineup. On top of that, the new supercharged layout meant power increases are much easier to attain; as Chris Harris demonstrated with his stunning S4 v. RS4 comparison. Audi also moved away from its “S-Line” designations towards the new strata of Premium, Premium Plus ($1,400), and Prestige ($3,200) levels which added levels of electronic wizardry and small detail difference. That was on top of the raised base price, now $60,200 in 2010. If you though the 3.2 was rare, the 3.0T is downright hard to find even though they’re nearly new.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 Audi A6 3.0T quattro Avant on Cargurus


Year: 2011
Model: A6 3.0T quattro Avant
Engine: 3.0 liter supercharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 64,902 mi
Price: $25,350

Location: South San Francisco, CA · 0 miles away
Mileage: 64,902 miles
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Exterior Color: Oyster Gray
Interior Color: Brown – Amaretto
Gas Mileage: 18 MPG City
26 MPG Highway
Engine: V6
Seller: Dealer
VIN: WAU4GAFB3BN027014
Stock #: 9118364
Major Options: Backup Camera, Sunroof/Moonroof, Navigation System, Alloy Wheels
Dealer’s Description:
The Audi A6 wagon provides an elegant combination of performance and practicality. Its roomy interior and leather upholstery will keep the driver and passengers comfortable, while its supercharged V6 engine, capable of putting out up to 300 horsepower, will keep the driver entertained. With an impressive 26mpg highway fuel efficiency, this wagon is perfect for daily driving and weekend adventures alike. This particular A6 3.0T Premium Quattro comes with the Prestige package, which means a BOSE premium sound system, navigation, rearview camera, and paddle shifters on the leather-trimmed steering wheel, to name just a few interior amenities. This car is being sold by the owner through a free concierge service called Shift, which performs a 150-point mechanical inspection of every vehicle and provides a 7-day, no questions asked return guarantee. Want to take this car out for a spin? We bring the test drive to you, at a convenient time and place that fits your busy schedule. Just visit driveshift.com/s/145332 to book a free, on-demand test drive today. We also offer financing – if interested, please ask for more details!Here’s what the owner has to say about the car:I used this car to commute from Marin to SF and also for road trips. Very little start and stop driving. I’m selling it because I bought the Tacoma model I’d been looking all over for! In a perfect world, I wouldn’t sell it. You can’t get the A6 wagon here anymore and its a fantastic car. Easy to drive and easy to drive fast! This car has been fantastic for everything from easing commute traffic to a killer So Cal surf trip with my son.

Additional Information
Navigation,Navigation Plus System w/3GMMI,Prestige Package,Cold Weather Package,10 Speakers,AM/FM radio: SIRIUS,BOSE Sound System,MP3 decoder,Radio data system,Radio: 3G Multi Media Interface (MMI) Basic Plus,Remote CD player,SIRIUS Satellite Radio,Air Conditioning,Automatic temperature control,Front dual zone A/C,Rear window defroster,Audi Advanced Key,Driver’s Side Memory,Power driver seat,Power steering,Power windows,Rear Heated Seats,Remote keyless entry,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,Four wheel independent suspension,Speed-sensing steering,Traction control,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,ABS brakes,Anti-whiplash front head restraints,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Front anti-roll bar,Low tire pressure warning,Occupant sensing airbag,Overhead airbag,Rear anti-roll bar,Power moonroof,Brake assist,Electronic Stability Control,Rear-View Camera,Adaptive Headlights w/Cornering Lights,Delay-off headlights,Front fog lights,Headlight cleaning,Rear fog lights,Self-Leveling Headlights,Xenon Plus Headlights,Panic alarm,Security system,Speed control,Bodyside moldings,Bumpers: body-color,Heated Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors w/Memory,Heated door mirrors,Power door mirrors,Roof rack: rails only,Turn signal indicator mirrors,4-Spoke Leather Multi-Function Steering Wheel,Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror w/Digital Compass,CD/DVD Player & CD Changer,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Front reading lights,Garage door transmitter: HomeLink,Genuine wood console insert,Genuine wood dashboard insert,Genuine wood door panel insert,Illuminated entry,Leather Shift Knob,Leather steering wheel,Outside temperature display,Overhead console,Passenger vanity mirror,Power Adjustable Steering Column,Rear reading lights,Rear seat center armrest,Tachometer,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Trip computer,Front Bucket Seats,Heated front seats,Power Heated Front Seats,Power passenger seat,Split folding rear seat,Valcona Partial Leather Seating Surfaces,Front Center Armrest w/Storage,Passenger door bin,Alloy wheels,Rain sensing wipers,Rear window wiper,Speed-Sensitive Wipers,Variably intermittent wipers,Clean title,8″ x 18″ 10-Spoke Alloy Wheels,4-Spoke Leather Multi-Function Steering Wheel w/Paddle Shifters,BOSE Premium Sound System,Rearview Camera,4-Spoke Multi-Function Heated Steering Wheel w/Leather and Shift Paddles,Bi-Xenon Automatic Headlamps w/LED Daytime Running Lights,Audi MMI w/Navigation,iPod Input,Bose Premium Audio,Heated Front and Rear Seats,Rearview Camera w/Rear Parking Sensors,Paddle Shifters,Keyless Start,Power Liftgate,Carfax Available

A prestige level car, this was about as expensive as these 3.0Ts got. Oyster Grey Metallic isn’t the most adventurous color but it’s pretty, and the lack of adventure outside is made up by the beautiful interior which features the Amaretto and Black leather interior. It’s a very pretty combination that sets this car apart from the crowd just a bit. Condition, outside of a few scratches, appears to be very good and in keeping with the slightly higher mileage. But at $25,000, this is around the same price as an entry level Golf Sportwagon – making this one pretty incredible performance and luxury deal with all-wheel drive.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Audi A6 3.0T quattro Avant on eBay


Year: 2009
Model: A6 3.0T quattro Avant
Engine: 3.0 liter supercharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 53,411 mi
Price: $25,995

2009 Audi A6 Avant
Price: $25,995 http://www.outlandmotors.com/l/6c440e85-430899 Location

Outland Motors
1177 SE 9th St., Suite 103
Bend, OR 97702
Information

Model: A6 Avant
Make: Audi
Mileage: 53,411

Engine: 3.0L V6 DOHC 24V TURBO
Transmission: Automatic
Stock #: 15A0953

Exterior Color: Ibis White
Interior Color: Cardamom Beige Leather
Body Style:Wagon
Features & Options Standard Features: 4WD/AWD, ABS Brakes, AM/FM Radio, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, Automatic Headlights, CD Changer, CD Player, Cargo Area Cover, Cargo Area Tiedowns, Cargo Net, Child Safety Door Locks, Cruise Control, Driver Airbag, Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat, Electrochromic Interior Rearview Mirror, Electronic Brake Assistance, Fog Lights, Front Air Dam, Front Heated Seat, Front Power Lumbar Support, Front Side Airbag, Full Size Spare Tire, Genuine Wood Trim, Heated Exterior Mirror, Interval Wipers, Keyless Entry, Leather Seat, Leather Steering Wheel, Limited Slip Differential, Locking Differential, Manual Sunroof, Passenger Airbag, Passenger Multi-Adjustable Power Seat, Power Adjustable Exterior Mirror, Power Door Locks, Power Sunroof, Power Trunk Lid, Power Windows, Rain Sensing Wipers, Rear Window Defogger, Rear Wiper, Second Row Folding Seat, Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls, Second Row Side Airbag, Side Head Curtain Airbag, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Tachometer, Telescopic Steering Column, Tilt Steering, Daytime Running Lights, Subwoofer, Electrochromic Exterior Rearview Mirror, Tilt Steering Column, Tire Pressure Monitor, Trip Computer, Vehicle Anti-Theft, Vehicle Stability Control System, Front Power Memory Seat, High Intensity Discharge Headlights, Navigation Aid, Electronic Parking Aid

CARFAX Available!
Description
This incredibly hard to find 2009 Audi A6 Avant just arrived and is a stunner. They didn’t make many of these quattro AWD wagons so when we see a good one we grab it! Loaded with Premium Plus Pkg, GPS Navigation, Bluetooth, Back-up Camera, heated leather seats, rear DVD entertainment, Bose premium sound, keyless start and the list goes on. Clean 2 owner Carfax with all service done at Audi dealership in Mission Viejo, CA.

This Ibis White example is in equally good condition; a few years older but with less miles, it’s a mid-range Premium Plus example. I particularly like the warm combination of the Cardamom Beige with Birch trim. All things being equal, I think I prefer this example slightly over the Oyster example – Ibis is a beautiful white and the interior looks like a beautiful Scandinavian resort. It’s a few more dollars, but in the grand scheme still quite a deal compared to the other wagons that are currently on the market, and stepping inside you see Audi’s magic at full force in the gorgeous interiors. Even outside, they retain some of the classic styling that made these Avants popular without the gimmicks of more modern designs. They were the end of an era in the U.S., and one that I for one will miss.

Which would you prefer?

-Carter

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5 Comments

  1. LOL at the first dealer who brags about his test drives are “free”.

  2. Funny, I’ve been sort of looking for one of these…thanks! I think if I did either of these it’d be the gray one, not a fan of the lighter interiors (kids). That being said, both I think are a little ambitiously priced based on mileage. But I fully realize they are very hard to find.

    So Carter, let me turn it around a bit, what would you pick assuming the budget was not really an issue – One of these two or a 2014 Audi Allroad Premium Plus in Dakota Gray (kind of a taupe-brown that I love) with black Sport Interior? 15000 miles, $37k. I’m about to pull the trigger but hesitating for some reason I can’t put my finger on. Previously also considering RS6, S6/S8 V10 but realized that the 3.0T in the A6 Avant can be made to outperform the V10’s fairly easily and realistic that the Allroad is still under a large amount of warranty (but at a cost obviously). It’s also the smallest which kind of matters but isn’t a dealbreaker. Previous Audi’s were 4000, CGT, CQ, C4 S4, C4 S6A. And currently also a 996 C2 and a GL450 in the garage, both of which will stay.

  3. I’m sad that Audi no longer offers Avants in the US, other than the allroad. This was the best and last version. Unfortunately, that first one is already delisted, must have sold.

  4. I’d go for the second, even though I like the interior on the first as well or better than that of the second. Too bad it doesn’t have a third row seat – what was the last Audi wagon to come with a third row?

  5. @Jim,
    Sorry for the delayed response, I’m on the road. Money no (less of an) object, I’d still choose to select one of these over a newer Allroad. I’m not a fan of the newer Allroad styling and the power train is pretty pedestrian in comparison, plus the interior is nicer on the 6 in my view. The advantage of the Allroad is the CPO warranty which admittedly is a draw. Perhaps find a 3.0T through Carmax and get all the warranties?

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