2018 Audi A6
- Roomy interior finished in high-quality materials
- Powerful engines that also achieve good fuel economy
- Intuitive technology interface
- Well-balanced ride and handling
- Doesn't offer Audi's latest tech
- Restrained styling verging on anonymous
2018 Audi A6 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which A6 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
The 2018 Audi A6 should be suffering from diminished appeal. After all, it's been kicking around without a full redesign for six model years now while its prime competitors have been completely redone in the past year. It's old news. Well, that might be true in terms of attracting attention, but in the end, the A6's appeal has in fact diminished little. This well-rounded luxury sedan continues to deliver exactly what shoppers in this segment are seeking: room, features, luxury and performance in abundance.
And for 2018, there's even more on offer. Not only does the available 3.0T V6 get more standard power, even the base Premium trim gets treated to the full gamut of previously optional tech equipment. You no longer have to pay extra for things such as a proper USB port or Bluetooth audio, while navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard in a segment where they are almost always optional.
The A6 still makes do with Audi's previous-generation MMI tech interface — the controller is of an older design and you can't get the nifty Virtual Cockpit gauge display available on Audi such models as the A4, A5 and R8. It's also less advanced than the interfaces of its newer Benz and Bimmer rivals. However, this version of MMI still works, and we wouldn't consider it a major demerit.
Indeed, the entire A6's age shouldn't be held against it. Maybe it could have a few extra features and maybe its conservative styling is getting stale, but in terms of checking off luxury car boxes, few do it as well without major drawbacks.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available in four trim levels: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige. The A6 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and it utilizes a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Optional all-wheel drive (Quattro) is available, and is paired with an eight-speed automatic. The 3.0T upgrades to a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 good for 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard with that engine.
Highlights for the the 2.0T Premium and 3.0T Premium include 18-inch wheels, adjustable drive settings, xenon headlights, LED running lights, automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats (includes heating and driver four-way lumbar adjustment), driver-seat memory settings and leather upholstery.
Standard tech for the 2.0T includes Bluetooth, Audi's MMI electronics interface, an 8-inch display, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Audi Connect (includes 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability) and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and media player interface. Also standard is Audi's Pre Sense Basic safety system, which senses when a collision is imminent and warns the driver, tensions the seat belts and closes the windows.
The Premium Plus (2.0T and 3.0T) trim adds LED headlights, a blind-spot warning system, power-folding mirrors, four-zone climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a Bose surround-sound audio system.
At the top of the line is the 3.0T Prestige. It has the above equipment plus a top-view parking camera system, a power trunklid, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, front passenger adjustable lumbar, a power rear sunshade and manual rear side-window shades.
From here, Audi offers a variety of optional packages to further equip the A6. Keep an eye out for the Driver Assistance package (adaptive cruise control, the top-view camera system but with added front and rear corner views, lane departure warning and intervention, and forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking) and the Comfort Seating package (individually contoured and ventilated front seats with passenger-seat memory settings and massage function).
There's also the Competition package that comes with 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a high-performance rear differential, sport front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and various sporty styling flourishes inside and out.
There are typically multiple versions of each vehicle, although many aspects are shared. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro Prestige (turbo 3.0L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD)
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current A6 has received some minor revisions, including more power for the V6 engine. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's A6, however.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite A6 safety features:
- Audi Pre Sense
- Senses when a collision is imminent and warns the driver, tensions the seat belts and closes the windows
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Warns you when you're drifting out of your lane and can subtly steer you back onto the straight and narrow.
- Audi Connect
- Helps with a variety of services, including summoning roadside assistance. In an accident, emergency responders are contacted automatically.
2018 Audi A6 for Sale
Even though it hasn't had a major update in six years, the 2018 Audi A6 remains near the top of its hotly contested class with a commendable blend of style, comfort and performance. Add in styling that is still attractive despite the model's age, a beautifully crafted cabin and a competitive base price, and you'd be wise to check it out alongside newer and fresher competitors.
After a minor update a few years ago, and with a complete redesign coming likely in a year, the A6 has only received a few minor changes for 2018. These include more standard power for the 3.0T V6 engine and a handful of previously optional standard feature (specifically Bluetooth audio, a proper USB port, navigation and the upgrade MMI interface).
The A6's roomy interior surrounds occupants with a tasteful mix of quality leather, wood accents and metal trim. In addition to high-end materials, it boasts comfortable, supportive seats and a wide array of useful features, including an almost overwhelming complement of standard and available technology.
The powerplant for the base A6 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission for the front-wheel-drive model is a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, while the all-wheel-drive Quattro version comes with an eight-speed automatic. Move up to the A6 3.0 and you get a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Quattro AWD and the eight-speed are standard with that engine.
Although the A6 is not small or light, it can hold its own against major competitors in the handling department. Even the standard setup provides enough cornering prowess to satisfy most drivers. But those looking for even more performance can choose a 3.0T model, larger wheels and beefier suspension components. For the drivers who want a less equipped car but would like some suspension upgrades, a sport suspension and wheel package are available on lower trim models.
The base 2.0T Premium trim level already comes equipped well enough to rival pretty much anything in its class. The 2.0T Premium Plus model adds a number of comfort, convenience and audio features, and the 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige tack on those niceties, as well as the V6 engine. Whichever 2018 Audi A6 best meets your needs, let Edmunds help you find the perfect one for you.
2018 Audi A6 Overview
The 2018 Audi A6 is offered in the following submodels: A6 Sedan. Available styles include 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), 3.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 3.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), and 3.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Audi A6?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Audi A6 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 A6 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 A6.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Audi A6 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 A6 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Audi A6?
2018 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)Available Inventory:
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2018 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)Available Inventory:
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2018 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $54,375. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,453 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,453 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$46,922.
The average savings for the 2018 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is13.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 6 2018 Audi A6 2.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
The 2018 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,725. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) is trending $7,586 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,586 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$52,139.
The average savings for the 2018 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Sport quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A) is12.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Audi A6?
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