Following last year's launch of the A6 saloon, Audi has introduced the lighter, roomier and less thirsty new Avant version.

The conservatively styled estate is likely to prove popular with well-heeled families able to stump up the £32k starting price, even if the stuff-swallowing load capacity has only gone up to by 20 litres to 1,680 with the seats down.

The raw figures are more encouraging elsewhere; Audi's new construction techniques, and the use of aluminium – which now makes up 20 per cent of the body – ensures the model's weight shrinks by around 15 percent.



Less weight means better performance, and with the Avant sharing in the A6's engine line-up, buyers can expect a premium mix of power and economy. The likely bestseller will be the 174bhp 2.0-litre TDI, capable of a potential 56mpg and CO2 emissions of 132g/km.

For those less concerned by fuel prices, it will also be the recipient of a new 308bhp twin-turbo V6 TDI engine later this year, which gifts the Avant a heady 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds.

While the luggage capacity hasn't increased by much, the wheelbase has grown by 6cm, which should mean occupants get a little more space, particularly in the back.



Expect the interior to closely match the excellent standard of the A6 saloon, with features like a gesture-controlled bootlid, head-up display and Bluetooth internet connection all on the option list.

Sales of the Audi A6 Avant will begin later this summer. Watch the world premiere of the model in Berlin on the video below.