2012 Audi A6 Review

Pros & Cons

  • Finely finished interior
  • plenty of technology features
  • strong supercharged V6
  • fuel-efficient base four-cylinder engine.
  • Unnatural steering feel
  • all-wheel drive not available with base engine
  • Sport package's ride may be too firm for some.
List Price Range
$14,588 - $15,886

Used A6 for Sale
Select your model:
See all for sale

cash graphic with confetti

Get More For Your Trade-In

2012 Audi A6 appraisal values can range from $4,868 - $10,730.
Find out what your car is really worth in minutes.
See your car's value

Edmunds' Expert Review

With new styling and plenty of high-tech features, the 2012 Audi A6 becomes a front-runner in the midsize luxury sedan race.

Notably, we picked the 2012 Audi A6 as one of Edmunds' Best Used Cars, Trucks and SUVs.

Vehicle overview

In prior years, the Audi A6 has typically been the also-ran choice in the midsize luxury sedan segment. Though a thoroughly fine automobile, the A6 typically lost out to the sportier BMW 5 Series or the more prestigious Mercedes E-Class. But for 2012, the luxury car pecking order has changed, and the redesigned 2012 Audi A6 is now a desirable front-runner.

While staying true to its roots, the redesigned Audi A6 displays a number of incremental improvements. On the outside, it gains the large trapezoidal grille and more angular headlights found on the latest A7 and A8 models. Outer dimensions have shrunk slightly, but interior space has grown, thanks in large part to a longer wheelbase. Weight has also been trimmed -- by as much as 165 pounds, depending on the model -- thanks to increased use of aluminum construction. The longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs also make for better overall weight distribution. All this equates to improved handling as well.

The 2012 Audi A6 comes with a choice between two familiar and energetic engines. The first, a 310-horsepower supercharged V6, is largely carryover. The second, however, is a 211-hp turbocharged inline-4 that's new to the A6. A four-cylinder is an odd choice for this class, but it's an indicator that fuel economy is now a priority for consumers even in this segment of larger cars. This particular inline-4 is a feisty mill that posts fuel economy numbers you'd expect from a compact economy car, not a midsize luxury sport sedan. Last year's naturally aspirated V6 and V8 engines have been dropped, but all-wheel drive, Audi's calling card, continues to be standard on the 3.0T.

In addition to performance chops, this segment requires its players to be packing the latest high-tech gizmos, and this A6 isn't lacking in the least. Available features include an available head-up display, an adaptive suspension, night vision with pedestrian detection, mobile Internet and full LED headlights. Inside, the cockpit-style fascia of the old A6 has been replaced by a simpler, more luxurious design influenced by the new A8.

The preceding is all well and good, but the most impressive thing about the 2012 Audi A6 is its newfound personality on the road. Previously, the car of choice for driving enthusiasts in this segment has been the BMW 5 Series, while the composed Mercedes-Benz E-Class followed from a distance, so to speak. The Jaguar XF has also been a thorn in the A6's side, its sleek styling making the previous A6 almost forgettable by comparison.

But that's all yesterday's news. We've compared the A6 to the latest 5 Series and found the Audi superior in terms of driving enjoyment. And with its interior updates, the A6 certainly upholds the luxury end of the equation, too. One can still make a strong case for any of the aforementioned cars -- they're all excellent -- but the leaner and sexier 2012 A6 stands as the pick for those who like to be as involved in the drive as they are in getting the best that technology has to offer.

2012 Audi A6 models

The 2012 Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available in five trim levels -- 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium, 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige. The numbers denote the engine fitted (a 2.0-liter turbocharged four or a 3.0-liter supercharged V6).

The 2.0T Premium comes standard with 17-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select (adjustable modes for steering, throttle and transmission), automatic headlights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, triple-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats (includes lumbar adjustment), partial leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface.

The 2.0T Premium Plus adds 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, Audi's MMI electronics interface, a color information display, upgraded audio (with HD radio, a CD changer and a music server), a voice-activated navigation system (with real-time traffic and Google Earth) and Audi Connect (an in-car wireless Internet connection).

The 3.0T Premium is equipped similarly to the 2.0T Premium but adds heated front seats. The 3.0T Premium Plus is equipped similarly to the 2.0T Premium Plus. The 3.0T Prestige adds different 18-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, S line exterior accents, cornering lights, ambient LED cabin lighting, quad-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a Bose audio system.

Option highlights (depending on trim) include LED headlights, the Innovation package (includes adaptive cruise control, head-up display, LED headlights, night vision assist, a blind-spot warning system, Audi Pre-Sense Plus and power-folding sideview mirrors), the Cold Weather package (heated front/rear seats and heated steering wheel) and a 15-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround-sound audio system. A Sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension, a sport steering wheel, shift paddles and either 18-inch wheels with all-season tires or 19- or 20-inch wheels with summer tires. There are also various interior trim options, including brushed aluminum and natural finish ash wood.

2012 Highlights

The 2012 Audi A6 is fully redesigned. Highlights include updated styling, increased interior room, a lighter curb weight and new technological features. The A6 Avant wagon has been discontinued.

Performance & mpg

The Audi A6 2.0T comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 good for 211 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard; all-wheel drive is not available. EPA-estimated fuel economy is an impressive 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. Audi says the 2.0T should accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.

The Audi A6 3.0T gets a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 310 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the 3.0T sedan went from zero to 60 mph in a very quick 5.2 seconds -- this is quicker than the time logged by the last V10-powered Audi S6 (5.7 seconds) we tested. Fuel economy stands at an estimated 19/28/22, which is also quite good.


Standard safety equipment on the 2012 Audi A6 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Rear side airbags, front/rear parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system are either optional or included with the upper trims. Audi Pre-Sense Plus is optional (among other features, it can automatically activate the brakes if a crash is deemed imminent).

In Edmunds brake testing, an A6 3.0T with the Sport package and summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in a short 111 feet. Expect longer distances with all-season tires.

In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the A6 received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.


Previous generations of the A6 sometimes felt clumsy when you pushed them hard on a winding road, but the 2012 Audi A6 feels lighter and changes directions more eagerly. There's plenty of grip, and the improved front/rear weight distribution and well-sorted suspension gives the A6 excellent balance and provides a more satisfying connection between car and driver. The A6's steering is still overly light at low speeds, but the effort level increases in a more linear fashion when you start pressing on back roads.

The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine has sharp response off the line, and continues to pull hard throughout the range, thanks to a torque curve as broad as Montana. In Sport mode, the 3.0T's automatic upshifts smoothly under full throttle and downshifts with authority, matching revs to keep things smooth. The 2.0T doesn't sound as refined as a six-cylinder, but it's hard to argue with the excellent fuel economy it returns. The CVT does an admirable job of feeling connected and predictably responsive to throttle inputs, something that can't be said of most CVTs.

In terms of ride quality, there's sometimes more impact harshness than we'd like, which is the price paid for the new A6's more athletic handling. Forgoing the optional Sport suspension might help, but doing so makes the A6 less fun through corners.


The 2012 Audi A6 continues to offer one of the finest cabins in its class, with an attractive dash layout, excellent materials quality and solid fit and finish. The MMI (Multi Media Interface) controls entertainment, communication and navigation functions via the dash-mounted pop-up screen and a knob and buttons on the center console. The system boasts logical menus, crisp graphics and a touchpad to increase functionality.

The A6 also offers the option of in-car Wi-Fi, which uses a 3G connection and adds Google Earth data to the navigation system while also providing simplified Google search for POIs. It sounds a bit over the top, but it's actually quite handy if you need to get some unexpected work done on the road and there's no Starbucks in sight. The Google Earth nav system is more a matter of form over function, though, and can actually make the map more difficult to comprehend at a glance.

Seats are supportive and comfortable on long trips, while the backseat in particular offers more real-world legroom than most rivals. The A6's 14.1-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side, though the rear seat folds and features a pass-through when more space is needed.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the Used 2012 Audi A6.

Trending topics in reviews

Most helpful consumer reviews

Incredible, Fabulous ... WOW!!!
3.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
First time Audi owner ... I could not be happier with the A6. Considered the BMW 535xi, e350, and Infiniti 37x. Test drove each 2 different times and each time I was swayed towards the A6. BMW was quickly eliminated because of the run flat tires. I have heard several stories that they are costly and prone to issues. 37x was eliminated because the shifting seemed a bit harsh and quirky. Also, I did not like the navigation. e350 was eliminated (even though I was offered a 11% off MSRP) because in the end I preferred the ride, feel, and technology of the A6. For me, the A6 offered the best ride and performance of the others.
Audi A6 v. BMW 535xi
3.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
I decided that my next car would be a BMW 535xi or the Audi A6. My wife drives a 2008 BMW 535xi T and we really love the car...it does drive like a dream. However, the new 2012 BMW 535xi is a big disappointment. Driving characteristics are null/void...nothing there...boring. Is the BMW nice- yes, absolutely. Is it refined, of course. But ultimately the BMW does not compare to the new Audi A6. I was shocked, floored and surprised. It is that noticable of a difference. We are thrilled with the purchase, ride, technology, and price ($2,000 off for current BMW owners). Most gorgeous car we've ever owned...and my 6 & 8 year olds love the heated seats.
The Best car I ever drove
2.0T Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I am a new Audi owner, I never thought this car would be so much fun to drive, it is light and fast, if you are wanting a fast car that is easy on the fuel, this car is the best one. My last trip was about 540 miles and I had another 125 miles left on the range using the same tank of gas, this car comes with a cvt that allows the car to drive in like a manual, automatic, or a CVT, if you want to drive easy it is so smooth on the highway, if you want a more power then shift it to dynamic mode and you will get to 120 miles/ hour in seconds. You will get a rush!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The interior is Awsome, This year Mercedes-Benz and BMW left are left the dust.
German "cruise" missile
3.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
I was fortunate enough to find a rare very loaded A6 sport just off lease. Previous owner had Audi Care so all the services were done-key to a used Audi. I have continued meticulous maintenance through local Audi dealer. Car has Sport Package, night vision, HUD, Prestige, OEM 20" wheels, Havana black-incredibly cool color upon close inspection- nougat interior heated cooled, LED headlights and interior, adaptive cruise, Nav, becomes WIFI hotspot, on and on. Huge trunk, fold down rear seats-tons of cargo space. Does not have B&O sound, my traded S4 did. Have to say I find nothing to fault with the Bose surround to take nothing away from B&O both are great (Bose$6K+ additional cost on this car. MSRP was $67K. Bought for $34.5K with 49K miles. Car presents as near new. 8 speed auto is a pleasant upgrade from the 7 speed in S4. DSG was great but, this tranny shifts like silk and does not require costly DSG fluid replacement intervals. Plus you still get the paddles if you want to use them. Mileage is a solid 28-29 highway. 8th gear makes the difference. S4 struggled to get 23 on highway. Pick up is robust when needed but, super smooth and comfortable unless you get into the right pedal. Awesome car. This is my 4th Audi. I highly recommend the Prestige package, it costs more but is in my opinion clearly worth it. Great car. Added Revo stage 1 software $999.00. It has made a significant difference. According to provider added about 70-80 horses. I believe it. No check engine lights or any problems ever. Mileage unaffected unless I push the car repeatedly, I suppose, because I never do that. This car still gets comments from strangers. Great car if you can find one well maintained. 117K on the odo. Everything works perfectly. Gdub


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2012 Audi A6
More About This Model

Whatever stereotypes that might remain of the austere German sedan of the past, the 2012 Audi A6 3.0T shatters them into a thousand sparkling bits. In place of the good, gray Sub-Zero refrigerator on wheels, we have here a kind of smartphone — clever, multidimensional utility wrapped in the finest package design. Even better, this smart car makes you feel smart for driving it.

The A6 defines what a sedan like this should be all about. It has all-wheel drive for all-weather driving, a turbocharged engine that delivers fuel efficiency as well as power, a cabin that is humane in design as well as décor, convenience features that energize your imagination as well as pamper your person, and a way of going down the road that makes you love the whole idea of travel.

At the same time, the 2012 Audi A6 is also a test. Can this Audi in its two iterations as a $49,900 all-wheel-drive sedan powered by a supercharged V6 and a $41,700 front-wheel-drive car powered by a turbocharged inline-4 finally achieve sales parity with the longtime sales leaders in the class, the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class? Much like the Jaguar XF, the 2012 Audi A6 is the untraditional choice.

Used 2012 Audi A6 Overview

The Used 2012 Audi A6 is offered in the following submodels: A6 Sedan. Available styles include 3.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), and 2.0T Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Audi A6?

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Audi A6 trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Audi A6 3.0T Premium quattro is priced between $14,588 and$15,886 with odometer readings between 81207 and82844 miles.

Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, VA. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.

Which used 2012 Audi A6s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2012 Audi A6 for sale near. There are currently 2 used and CPO 2012 A6s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $14,588 and mileage as low as 81207 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a used car from our massive database to find cheap prew-owned vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the Used 2012 Audi A6.

Can't find a used 2012 Audi A6s you want in your area? Consider a broader search.

Find a used Audi A6 for sale - 1 great deals out of 22 listings starting at $18,485.

Find a used Audi for sale - 6 great deals out of 14 listings starting at $13,232.

Find a used certified pre-owned Audi A6 for sale - 8 great deals out of 24 listings starting at $17,165.

Find a used certified pre-owned Audi for sale - 10 great deals out of 18 listings starting at $22,466.

Should I lease or buy a 2012 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.

Check out Audi lease specials
Check out Audi A6 lease specials