Luxury-car shoppers who love value have long cheered the Audi A6. And in true Audi fashion, the midsize A6 gives you a lot for a very competitive price. One of the A6's primary strengths is its deluxe cabin. Materials are first-rate, and the overall design is nothing short of class-leading. Its winter-weather capability is another plus as the A6, like other Audis, is available with all-wheel drive.
But the car's most compelling asset concerns value. In terms of overall quality, the Audi A6 is right up there with other midsize luxury cars, but it typically costs thousands less. A used A6 represents an even more affordable proposition, though these examples lack the athleticism of its contemporary rivals. The latest A6 benefits from enhanced performance and increased driver engagement, making it a top choice in the segment.
Current Audi A6
The current Audi A6 represents the fourth generation in the car's lineage and debuted in the 2012 model year. Adopting the latest Audi design language, the A6 is distinctive for its large trapezoidal grille and more angular headlights. It is also notable for improvements in regard to performance, making it the go-to choice as a "driver's car."
Powering the base Audi A6 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, as is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is also available and produces 310 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard. Fuel economy for either engine is quite favorable when compared to competing sedans.
Trim levels start with the Premium and Premium Plus (each in either 2.0T or 3.0T variants to denote engines) and are capped by the 3.0T Prestige. Standard feature highlights include a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, partial leather upholstery and heated front seats (for the 3.0T). Premium Plus trims add larger wheels, xenon headlights, parking sensors, Audi's MMI electronics interface, upgraded audio, a navigation system and an in-car Internet connection. The 3.0T Prestige will get you adaptive headlights, unique exterior accents, quad-zone climate control, ventilated front seats and a Bose sound system. Options depend on trim levels and include LED headlights, a sport-tuned suspension, a head-up display, night vision assist, a blind-spot warning system and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
In reviews, we rank the current Audi A6 highly for its engaging driving dynamics, excellent interior, strong V6 engine and its long list of features. Drivers with a penchant for winding roads will certainly appreciate the A6's tenacious grip on the pavement and well-balanced weight distribution, while others will likely enjoy the quiet and attractive cabin that is stacked with intuitive high-tech wizardry. Whereas previous A6 generations played second fiddle to its Mercedes and BMW rivals, this latest Audi is now worthy of the class-leader title.
Read the most recent 2014 Audi A6 review.
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