Audi A6 2.0TDI SE Avant, 5-dr, 2007 (57), Brilliant Black Metallic, 120k, £3,650

 Good condition throughout high quality and high specification estate, combining a powerful 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with six-speed manual transmission and very comprehensive equipment.  Excellent specification including dual zone climate control, Audi satellite navigation system, 17” alloys, cd-changer, rear parking sensors, cruise control, electric windows, electric mirrors etc.  Only three owners from new.  Well maintained and fully valeted, with full service history, good tyres all round, recent MoT and 6-months Warranty Assist warranty.  This example also comes with a lockable and detachable Witter tow-ball (with 7-pin electrics)

 In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.  There’s some maintenance work required, which can be completed prior to sale at trade cost, if required – all details are below – and this is reflected in the low asking price.

Thirteen large-format photos also below!

I’ve now known this A6 Avant for nearly four years, since I bought it through the trade for a family friend, Jason.  Jason and his family have run the car since then, and it has given them excellent service.  With the children getting bigger, Jason decided to move up to a recent model people-carrier, and I have been delighted to supply him with one of those and to take this A6 Avant back in part exchange.

Like all Audis, the A6 is well respected in the trade for its superb German build quality and reliability.  That’s demonstrated by this example, which despite being 12-years old and having completed just over 120k miles, is still completely free from rattles or loose trim etc.  It’s in very good condition throughout, with a clean and tidy interior and just some kerbing marks to the wheels, a couple of minor trolley dents and some inevitable light scratches and stone chips to evidence its age and mileage.  The car also has a full service history, with recent service and MoT completed.

This A6 was first registered in September 2007 to VW Financial Services themselves.  A couple of years later, it sold to a private doctor owner, and he then kept it for nearly six years, taking the mileage up to 77,000.  In July 2015, the Doctor traded the car in to a Volvo dealer in Swindon, and I bought it from them to sell to Jason.  Over the last four years since then, it has covered another 43,000 miles or so, giving excellent service.

It’s fitted with the very powerful 1,968cc 4-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine, which produces 138bhp and a storming 320 Nm torque.  Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox, it powers up to 60mph in just 10.5s and on to a quoted maximum speed of 127 mph.  On the road, it drives very well, being ultra-smooth and powerful.  It also handles well, cornering safely and securely on low-profile tyres.

This is the second generation of A6, and was introduced in 2005, running through to 2011 – so this example is towards the front of the production run.  The A6 has always been seen as a great luxury choice – providing more room and comfort than the A4, without the higher running costs of the A8 (which is also only available as a four-door saloon).  The A6 was also marketed as a competitor to the BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-Class, and this is evidenced by the very high quality of the interior fittings etc.

SE (Special Equipment) brings a luxurious trim level as standard, and this car has some well chosen options on top.  It boasts Audi DVD-based satellite navigation, Audi MMI control system, rear parking sensors, detachable Witter tow-ball with 7-pin electrics, 17” alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, 6-disc CD-changer, electric front and rear windows and mirrors, front and rear fog lights, traction control, rear dog/luggage guard, steering-wheel remote radio controls, and metallic brilliant black paintwork.  It all comes together to make a very distinctive and attractive package.

The full service details are below, but summarise to eleven stamps in the service book, including replacement of the cambelt in August 2012 at 54,000 miles.

The Audi is finished in Brilliant Black metallic paintwork, and you can see from the photographs that it is in excellent condition throughout.  Inevitably at this age and mileage there are one or two light surface scratches and stone chips, some kerbing scuffs to the alloys, and some scratches to the rear bumper where a dog has been climbing in and out…. but far less than you might normally expect.  The interior is in excellent condition throughout, with no damage or marks to the charcoal cloth upholstery.  There are three 12v charging points fitted.  As well as the equipment levels mentioned previously, the car also has a full complement of safety equipment – as you would expect – including five 3-point seat belts, five head restraints, anti-lock brakes, seat-belt pretensioners, front, side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat mountings, electronic stabilisation programme (ESP), traction control system (ASR), and emergency brake assist.

The A4 shows a warranted 120,373 miles from new, supported by a comprehensive service history, an MoT history printout, and several previous maintenance invoices. An MoT has just been completed in April 2019, and a service was completed at the end of January 2019.  There aren’t any odd noises, squeaks or rattles, and the car performs effortlessly.

This car has also been fully valeted, and comes with an Experian Data Check report (like HPI) which shows no problems.

This series of A6 was introduced in 2005, continuing through to 2011.  Parker’s Car Guide gives it an excellent 4 stars out of 5 rating, and they go on to comment:-

The estate version of Audi’s large executive four-door model is the bigger seller of the two thanks to its increased space and versatility. It’s an alternative to cars like the Mercedes E-Class estate and BMW 5-Series Touring but offers better equipment levels and more affordable prices, making it a clever buy for those who aren’t swayed by badges. It’s well built with a comfortable and classy interior plus there’s a huge choice of engines available including some excellent diesels.  On the move it’s comfortable and cosseting.  In 2005 Audi introduced a 2.0 TDI model which despite being the least powerful version of the A6 has proved popular with company car drivers thanks to its low emissions. This produces 140bhp, emits just 159g/km of CO2 and averages 46mpg. The A6 dashboard is more driver-focused than in previous Audis with the centre section angled towards the driver. The steering adjusts for reach and height and there is a range of adjustment for the front seats while the long cabin produces a large glass area, resulting in good all-round visibility. Everything feels well made and materials are top quality.  Even the glove compartment has a separate electronic release button on the dashboard. The A6 has what Audi calls a Multi Media Interface (MMI) as standard, through which the driver can select, activate and adjust various controls. It takes a few minutes to get used to using it, but it becomes more intuitive over time. The A6 has a roomy interior, easily large enough to accommodate five adults. Air conditioning and electric windows are standard, and the Audi comes with an electronic parking brake which is activated through a switch on the centre console. Most engines are refined and make a minimal contribution to interior noise.  Diesel models, especially the 2.0 TDI cars, are exceptionally frugal so worth looking out for. The Audi A6 gained a maximum star rating for occupant protection in official European crash tests and comes with a great deal of safety features as standard. Traction control, electronic stability control (which helps the driver regain control during a skid) and active head restraints (which reduce the risk of ‘whiplash’ injury) are fitted as standard”

On the road, the A6 drives just as well as you would expect.  It accelerates quickly and cleanly, with plenty of performance from the 2.0 Turbodiesel engine.  The gearbox is smooth and refined, and the handling and roadholding are excellent.  There is no indication that the clutch has been replaced at any time; whilst there is no indication of clutch slip, the dual mass flywheel is showing signs of wear, and it would be sensible to replace this in conjunction with the clutch when that does start to fail.

For such a large and powerful car, it’s also outstandingly economical – with official figures of 45.6 mpg for the combined cycle and 58.9mpg for the extra urban test.

Given the age and complexity of this vehicle, this sale will also include a comprehensive 6-month Warranty Assist Gold vehicle warranty covering all major components.  This will contribute 50% of the parts and labour repair costs, subject to a £75 excess.

Equipment and Features

> Finished in Brilliant Black metallic paintwork, with charcoal cloth interior trim
> 1968cc 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, producing 138 bhp and 320 Nm torque
> 6-speed manual transmission
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Dual zone climate control
> 5-spoke 17” alloy wheels
> Audi Satellite Navigation system
> Audi Concert RDS Radio and glovebox-mounted 6-CD player, with ten speakers, steering-wheel mounted multi-function controls, ten speakers, and roof-mounted shark-fin aerial
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Audi MMI (Multi-Media Interface) for controlling Satellite Navigation, Radio and media, car set-up etc
> Electric front and rear windows with one-touch operation on all windows
> Electrically adjusted, heated door mirrors
> Cruise control
> Rear parking sensors
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electric parking-brake
> Electronic Stability Programme and Traction control system
> Automatic headlights
> Central locking, with two full remote keys
> Tinted windows
> Tailgate wash/wipe
> Five seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts and head restraints
> 60/40 split folding rear seat
> Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
> Height adjustable front seats
> Adjustable central front armrest
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, side and curtain airbags
> Front and rear fog lamps
> Electrically heated rear window
> Three 12v charging points
> Trip computer with external temperature, average speed, average mpg, time since reset, current mpg and distance to empty functions
> Integral dashboard mounted cupholder
> Warning triangle integrated in boot lid
> Dog-guard fitted to load area
> Detachable and lockable tow-bar (only used for a small trailer)
> Rear extendable load cover
> Original Equipment carpet overmats

History and Documentation

> The current mileage is showing as 120,373 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The A6 comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 14th September 2007 to VW Financial Services, transferred to its second owner on 15th November 2009, and to its third owner on 2nd July 2015.  It has had just the three keepers from new.
> The current MoT expires 16th April 2020.  An MoT history check shows previous MoTs completed at:-
29/10/2010;   41,476 miles
27/10/2011;   47,306 miles
26/10/2012;   63,485 miles – note:- this mileage is incorrectly recorded.
28/10/2013;   61,247 miles
07/10/2014;   70,488 miles
30/06/2015;   77,046 miles
13/06/2016;   89,789 miles
31/05/2017; 101,378 miles
01/06/2018; 111,214 miles
16/04/2019; 120,373 miles
The MoT in October 2012 has recorded the mileage incorrectly.  At this time, the former owner was consistently covering c.6000 miles per year, and the service history shows an Audi service being completed 29/08/12 at 53,674 miles
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> The car has a thorough service history, with a mix of main agent and specialist independent garages, with stamps in the service book showing :-
17,668 miles; 29/09/2008
Illegible miles; 11/11/2009
47,304 miles; 27/10/2011
53,674 miles; 29/08/2012 – including replacement of cambelt
61,244 miles; 28/10/2013
73,805 miles; 19/02/2015
77,043 miles; 01/07/2015
86,963 miles; 03/03/2016
97,659 miles; 03/02/2017
107,552 miles; 12/01/2018
118,326 miles; 05/02/2019
> The owners handbook, MMI handbook, service book and book pack are all present.

BODYWORK AND INTERIOR CONDITION

> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is in excellent condition.  Inevitably at this age and mileage, there are a few light stone chips, a couple of small dents where careless people have opened car doors into it, and some light scratches, but that doesn’t detract from the overall presentation
> The last owner has a dog, and there is some heavier scratching from claws to the rear bumper where the dog has climbed in and out of the car
> The interior is also excellent, with no damage to the charcoal cloth or carpets.  It is fitted with original equipment overmats, with some wear to the driver’s floormat

MECHANICAL CONDITION AND WHEELS/TYRES

> The car has covered just over 120,000 miles.  It goes extremely well – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners just as you would expect!  Indeed, if I hadn’t been able to find Jason the car he wanted as a replacement, their intention was to hang on to the Audi for the foreseeable future including a planned long-distance trip to Europe.
> The car is still on its original clutch.  There is no indication of clutch slip, but there is wear to the dual mass flywheel.  This should be replaced along with the clutch when the clutch does fail.  My daughter’s car was in similar condition and carried on for another year before needing to be replaced – so this is something to watch and be aware of rather than requiring immediate attention. However, if you did want it replaced prior to sale, this can be completed at trade cost (c.£600)
> The cambelt was replaced in August 2012 at 54,000 miles.  This is recommended for replacement after 80,000 miles.  Prudence would suggest replacing it now, or soon, given that it is nearly seven years since it was last changed, even though it has done only 65,000 miles in that period.  Again, this can be completed prior to sale at trade cost (c.£425)
> The front passenger door lock does not always respond to the remote control (locking or unlocking).  To resolve this requires replacement of the doorlock actuator.  The last owner says that this has been the case for some time, and they worked around it easily rather than incurring the cost of a replacement.  This can be completed at trade cost prior to sale, if required
> The last MOT advised some wear to the front brake discs and pads.  These are expected to be OK until the next service interval, but if you wished to have them replaced now as a precaution, this can be completed prior to sale at trade cost.
> All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should
> The 17” alloy road wheels all have kerbing scuffs and marks to the faces too
> The tyres are a matched set of Nexen 225/50 x17s.  The front tyres have 5mm of tread across the face, and the rear have 6mm.  The spare is a full size 17” alloy wheel with 7mm of tread.
> The tools, jack, locking wheel nut key and wheelbrace are all present

All in all – this is a highly desirable, excellent quality full-sized Estate car, combining a high specification with strong performance without unduly compromising the fuel economy.  The A6 is justifiably highly respected in the used car market, and this car is a good example of why!  This one is in very good condition throughout, well maintained, fully valeted, recently serviced and MoT’d, with six-months warranty and with some well-chosen optional specification too.

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.