Popular trim level arrives on latest-generation A6 saloon and estate models.
Based on the standard S Line car, which comes with sports suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels and part-leather, part-Alcantara upholstery, the Black Edition adds a host of dark-finish accents to the car’s exterior. A black radiator grille surround replaces the S Line’s chrome, while the air intakes, door mirror housings and rear diffuser all get the blackout look. Even the windows are tinted to strengthen the look, while the A6 Avant estate gets black roof rails.
There are other upgrades included in the high-spec variant, too, such as the larger, 20-inch alloy wheels and the perforated leather sports steering wheel. It’s flat-bottomed, like that of a racing car, and it includes buttons to control the on-board multimedia system.
For the most part, though, the cabin is laid out like the S Line, with dark aluminium trim inlays, sports seats and two colour touchscreens in the centre of the dashboard. Working in tandem, the screens can be used to display information such as smartphone data or navigation instructions, as well as multimedia displays.
However, this can be livened up with a little perusing of the options list. Customers can choose the Technology Pack, which offers Google Earth mapping for the navigation system, a larger 10.1-inch upper screen, wireless phone charging and, of course, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster. Other options, meanwhile, include a 1,920-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, powered door closure or acoustic glazing.
In addition, Audi is also offering a pair of driver assistance packages. Between the two, buyers can opt for adaptive cruise control that maintains a safe distance to the vehicle in front, camera-based traffic sign recognition and adaptive headlights that dip automatically when they detect another vehicle.
And under the bonnet, the German company is giving customers the choice of pretty much any engine in the current A6 range, with the 201 bhp 2-litre 40 TDI diesel marking the entry-level option. Spend a bit more, though, and you could have the 241 bhp 45 TFSI petrol engine, or, if you really want to push the boat out, one of the 3-litre units. The 50 TDI diesel offers 282 bhp, while the 55 TFSI petrol comes up with 335 bhp.
All four engines come with mild-hybrid technology that harvests energy under braking to help the engine out later, thus improving efficiency, while the brand’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard on all but the 40 TDI (where it is available as an option).