2021 Audi A6

MSRP range: $54,900 - $69,500
4 out of 5 stars(5)
MSRP$59,105
Edmunds suggests you pay$57,424

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2021 Audi A6 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: There's no doubt that SUVs have been dominating US auto sales for quite some time. They have much larger cargo capacities and more rear passenger space. So why would someone want a luxury sedan instead of an SUV? Well, I'll tell you, because they're a lot more fun to drive. Before I jump into this A6, do me a favor and hit subscribe below. We have a lot of great videos coming your way. The 2019 Audi A6 has been completely redesigned. It's on sale now, prices starting right at $60,000. There's only one engine available. It's a turbo charged, three-liter V6 that puts out 335 horsepower. That's made it to a seven-speed automated dual clutch transmission, and quattro all-wheel drive is standard. Those specs aren't really that far off from the last A6. I don't expect it to drive that much differently as a result, but there's only one way to find out. Let's go for a spin. [MUSIC PLAYING] Here I am driving the all new 2019 Audi A6. It's fully redesigned, but at the same time, it's not all that different. It's familiar in a lot of ways in how it drives. Dynamically, it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from an Audi midsize luxury sedan. The needle really didn't move too far one way or the other, and that's probably a good thing. I've always liked the level of engagement, the level of performance from Audis. Really the big difference with this Audi is technology. This whole center stack has been completely redone. We saw it first on the A8. I'm a little torn on how it works because they got rid of the MMI knob, which I thought was a great way to control systems like this, and gone with two split touchscreens. And so far on this drive, I'm not sold because it's demanding a lot more attention than just the knob. What I am enjoying is the performance. It gets up to speed just fine. Shifts are nice and smooth and quick, which is impressive for a dual clutch transmission. Those tend to be a little choppy or abrupt from time to time. And even at slow speeds, it's smooth and doesn't have any of those awkward lurches. One thing that I thought was a little odd was the sound of the engine. So doesn't quite sound like a V6 to me. It sort of makes the case for BMW and Mercedes piping in some of those synthetic sounds. But that's a nitpick. It drives great. The steering is fairly light. I'm actually in dynamic mode right now. You have the option of getting all-wheel steering, and that certainly helps with maneuverability in tight spaces, but also smooths out some of the motions when you're steering. The rear wheels will steer in conjunction in the same direction as the front wheels to just get it carving a little more gracefully without having it whip around quite as much. Handling is pretty much what you expect for a luxury sedan like this in the class and from Audi. It handles confidently, a ton of traction coming out of turns, thanks to the all-wheel drive. And you know the quattro system-- a little smarter of how it proportions the power, but also can disconnect itself when you're not using it, when you don't need that much traction. If you're just on a straightaway on a highway, it'll disconnect and improve fuel economy. In terms of power and performance, this A6 drives a lot like the previous A6. It is just slightly heavier because of all the added feature content, but with all of the advances in engine technology and efficiency-- plus this has a 48-volt mild hybrid system-- gets two miles per gallon better than its predecessor. The ride quality is pretty much what you'd expect from a luxury midsize sedan. I'm in dynamic mode right now, so I'm going to switch to comfort. If you noticed, I had to look down to do that. And that's something that just kind of irks me. I liked the previous button for a drive select, and I didn't really have to take my eyes off the road to do that. These are just kind of the flat, haptic feedback buttons here. Like a lot of the new Audis, this has a higher level of adaptive cruise control, which kind of gets into that territory of automated driving. It's called predictive control, and it's pretty trippy. I first experienced this with the Q7 a few years ago, where you set the target speed as you would with any cruise control system, but it's using map data and all the cameras and sensors. As you head into a turn, it slows you down. When you come out of a turn, it speeds you up, which is what it's doing right now. It's in a fairly conservative setting right now, so it's slowing me down a little more than I would if I was actually in complete control of the car, but you can actually adjust it and be a lot more aggressive. So I'm actually not touching any of the pedals right now. I'm just steering. Another thing I'm enjoying right now is the massage. I do like massaging seats, especially when you're behind the wheel for hours at a time. Kind of shifts the pressure points away and just relieves a lot of the fatigue and the doldrums of driving. As a midsize luxury sedan, the Audi A6 has to accommodate adult passengers in the back seats, and it does. I'm 5' 10", and I have plenty of headroom, plenty of room for my feet underneath the front seat, which is actually set for a slightly taller passenger. It's comfortable. It's spacious. I have the nice, padded center armrest here with your typical overengineered cup holders. Back here, I have two more controls for automatic climate control for the outboard seats. Since this is a highly optioned A6, underneath there are two USB ports and a 12-volt power outlet. I have manual sun shades here that are really easy to pop up and down. Besides having the physical room, it actually feels even more spacious, thanks to the good outward view and this little cutout triangle here, which breaks up that thick roof pillar. Otherwise, it might feel just a little closed in. All in all, this is a pretty nice place to spend some time on a road trip. I'd be fine back here. Like a lot of the latest Audi products, this A6 gets a complete tech treatment. Right in front is the typical virtual cockpit that we've seen on Audis going back a few years, and it's great. It's easy to use. It's somewhat customizable, and it's easy to read in almost any light. Above that is a head up display that's crystal clear, gives a lot of detail, all the necessary stuff. New for the A6 is this split-level touchscreen, which debuted in the Audi A8. The difference here is it's canted slightly towards the driver, making it somewhat easier to use, but maybe a little harder for the passenger to use. Unlike a lot of other infotainment systems, these screens are mounted right in the middle in the dash rather than on top. I prefer having them on top because it's right in the driver's sightlines, and it's less distracting to use. That said, it is pretty cool to use. When you touch one of these buttons, it responds with this lovely little haptic feedback that mimics the physical buttons that are in the car. There aren't a whole lot of physical buttons in this car though. They noted that they eliminated about 43 physical buttons. In my opinion, though, they should've left a dozen or so because I like having some tactile buttons that you can use without even looking down. I like the look. I like the responsiveness of the system. But what I don't like is how much of a distraction it can be, just because it's not as easy to use as the old MMI dial or the BMW iDrive, or the Mercedes MBUX system, which I think is the best in the industry at this point. Otherwise throughout the cabin, we have excellent materials used everywhere. Everything just has that solid feel, and I love that. One cool thing I really like too is this isn't a mechanical door lever. It's actually electronic. So it's just this very slight effort, and that's just one of those nice touches that makes you feel like you're in something a little more special. As far as the interior goes, I like the aesthetics. I just wish this was a little less distracting to use. After logging a bunch of miles above beautiful Napa Valley here in this 2019 Audi A6, I'm left with the impression that, at least dynamically, there's not a big difference between this and its predecessor. And that's not such a bad thing. It drives great. The interior is impeccable, and there's a good amount of performance, especially considering that this is the A6, not an S6 or RS 6. In the class of midsize luxury sedans, it competes against the BMW 5 series and Mercedes Benz E class. The E class is just starting to show its age, primarily because it doesn't feature the latest MBUX infotainment system, which I think is one of the best in the industry. Against the BMW 5 series, it's a much closer call. The BMW has a slight edge as far as response and performance, and it also has a decent amount of technology as well. Deciding between the two is probably going to come down to just personal preference. Whether you like the styling better or the interior, or if you're a technophile or early adopter and really want the latest, shiniest bits-- if that's the case, the A6 will probably be the best fit for you. Let us know what you think in the comments below. For more information on the A6 as well as its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit subscribe.

2019 Audi A6 First Drive

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Audi A6, but since the 2021 Audi A6 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Audi A6 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 A6 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Audi A6 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the A6 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg to 26 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the A6 has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi A6. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi A6?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi A6:

  • 45 TFSI engine makes 261 horsepower, a gain of 13 hp from last year
  • Minor changes to various options and packages
  • Part of the fifth A6 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Audi A6 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi A6 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the A6. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the A6's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi A6 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi A6 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 A6 and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 A6 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi A6?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi A6 is the 2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $54,900.

Other versions include:

  • Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $59,800
  • Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $64,900
  • Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $58,800
  • Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $69,500
  • Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $63,700
  • Sport Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $54,900
  • Sport Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $58,800
  • Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $54,900
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What are the different models of Audi A6?

If you're interested in the Audi A6, the next question is, which A6 model is right for you? A6 variants include Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), and Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM). For a full list of A6 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Audi A6 Overview

The 2021 Audi A6 is offered in the following submodels: A6 Sedan. Available styles include Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Sport Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Sport Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), and Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM). Audi A6 models are available with a 3.0 L-liter hybrid engine or a 2.0 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 335 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Audi A6 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The 2021 Audi A6 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Audi A6?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi A6 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 A6 4.0 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 2021 A6.

Pros

  • Strong overall performance
  • Attractive and refined interior
  • Abundant comfort
  • Lots of high-tech features

Cons

  • Infotainment interface can be challenging and distracting to use
  • Not as much trunk space as competitors

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi A6 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 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.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi A6?

2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

The 2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,105. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $1,681 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,681 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $57,424.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 2.8% below the MSRP.

2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

The 2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,335. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $1,658 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,658 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $61,677.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi A6 Sport Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 2.6% below the MSRP.

2021 Audi A6 Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

The 2021 Audi A6 Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,620. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi A6 Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $856 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $856 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $63,764.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi A6 Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 1.3% below the MSRP.

2021 Audi A6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

The 2021 Audi A6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $67,680. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi A6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $1,700 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,700 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $65,980.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi A6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 2.5% below the MSRP.

2021 Audi A6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

The 2021 Audi A6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $73,935. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi A6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $1,737 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,737 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $72,198.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi A6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 2.3% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Audi A6?

2021 Audi A6 Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
24 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2021 Audi A6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/45 TFSI (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
26 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/31 highway MPG

2021 Audi A6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD w/55 TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
24 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/29 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG24
Transmission7-speed automated manual
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase115.1 in.
Length194.4 in.
WidthN/A
Height57.4 in.
Curb Weight4266 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi A6?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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