2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance (car review)

If we could relate the 2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance to anything, it’s the One Ring, from Lord of the Rings; “one wagon to rule them all, one wagon to pass them, one wagon to bring them all and in the darkness send them”.

With a well established name and a reputation as possibly the best wagon on the market. Ode to the hobbits aside, the RS6 Avant Performance is no joke, and is definitely a vehicle you want to own.

With huge 22-inch lightweight wheels and stunning bodylines, its aggressive haunches and signature light setup, the RS6 looks like nothing else. A big bonnet bulge and all black roof look downright sexy, and are a nod to what sleeps underneath its skin.

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What lies beneath is a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8, punching out 463kW of power and 850Nm of torque through an 8-speed Tiptronic auto and Quattro all-wheel drive. It’s good for a sprint to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds. In reality that number is quite modest.

2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance
2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

But if you think that’s the only party trick the RS6 Avant Performance has at its disposal, you’d be wrong, very wrong indeed. You can reach a staggering 305km/h top speed (limited, which means it could seemingly do more).

If that doesn’t blow your mind, you also have adaptive dampers on board, ensuring that when paired with the various driving modes on offer, you can cruise around, quiet as a mouse with a softer ride, when needed.

The flipside of that is its ability to go full track spec and deliver a genuine race car experience; one where it handles like a hot hatch, despite its 2,090kg kerb weight and its near 5.0-metre length.

While you will still feel its girth in heavy braking and acceleration scenarios, the RS6 Avant Performance has rear wheel steering to aid in moving it around, and the results are staggering. Capable is an understatement.

Inside the 2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

The front disc brakes are a mind bending 440mm, while 370mm discs sit at the rear, working together to stop on a dime. But all this get up and go aside, it’s the personality you can add to your own RS6 Avant that makes it truly special.

Aside from the four standard seat trim options, thanks to the RS Design package, you can option the interior stitching colours in two different blue patterns or two different red ones. The carbon fibre inlays on the doors and dash also get a tweak.

Four interior colours are offered, and there’s also the option to add a Sensory setup, that gives you sunshades for the rear doors, a Dinamica headlining, heated rear seats and an epic 1,820-watt Bang & Olufsen 3D advanced sound system, with 19-speakers.

Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster features, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two front and two rear USB ports, wireless phone charging, DAB+ digital radio and a full colour head-up display.

front seats
Inside the 2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

The 10.1-inch infotainment system sports the latest version of the car maker’s navigation system, and is supported by a second 8.6-inch colour display for climate controls. It makes for a well thought out, ergonomic cabin.

The back seat is ample for any adult and there’s head room for days. Boot space is a solid 565-litres with the second row up, and there’s netting to keep your groceries held down, should you decide to power up on the trip home.

Safety tech includes adaptive drive assist (adaptive cruise control, distance indicator and traffic jam assist), active lane assist, blind spot monitoring, 360-degree cameras including kerb view, park assist, front and rear parking sensors  and collision avoidance assist.

You’ll also find rear cross traffic assist, intersection crossing assist, an exit warning system, rain-sensing headlights and wipers, and turn assist. The 2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance is the ultimate all-rounder and the perfect vehicle for the car enthusiast.

rear seats
Inside the 2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

If you need practicality, or have a family, it’s the burger with the lot, from the awesome engine noise, to the engineering in the cabin and under the hood. But being perfect isn’t free, and the price is an eye watering $247,200 plus on-roads.

The minimum 11.8-litres/100km fuel consumption means you’ll need deep pockets when it comes to the pulling up at the pump too. If you can get past that, it’s worth every penny. There are seven colours to choose from.

These include Nardo Grey, Ascari Blue (as tested), Floret Silver, Glacier White, Grenadine Red, Myth Black and Daytona Grey Pearl. There are also five different wheel choices. The 2024 RS6 Avant Performance is backed by an 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

You can build your own on the Audi Australia website, or talk to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one, and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Inside the 2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance

Our test vehicle was provided by Audi Australia for review purposes.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros - supercar performance from a wagon; stunning looks; handling capabilities.
Cons - safety tech is overly protective; price point; thirsty; vented seats need more power.
Dylan Swan
Dylan Swan
IT specialist who loves all things adventure and anything with wheels. Someone who loves a challenge and saying yes to new opportunities.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> supercar performance from a wagon; stunning looks; handling capabilities.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> safety tech is overly protective; price point; thirsty; vented seats need more power.2024 Audi RS6 Avant Performance (car review)