Even though it hasn't had a major update in five years, the 2017 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 slew of the latest technology and a competitive base price, and it's no wonder the A6 has remained a steady seller in Audi's extensive lineup for many years.
After a minor update a year ago, and with a complete redesign coming next year, the A6 has only received a few minor changes for 2017. These include the addition of the S-line exterior style package as standard equipment, new wheel choices and exterior colors, LED ambient lighting and infotainment system upgrades. But perhaps the biggest news is the addition of the A6 Competition model, with a more powerful engine, sporty trim and a number of extra comfort and convenience features.
The roomy interior of the A6 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 automated manual, 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 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, or select the Competition model and that same V6 is tweaked to 340 hp.
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 six-cylinder 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.
Fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive A6 with the four-cylinder engine is rated by the EPA at a combined 28 mpg (24 city/34 highway), while an all-wheel-drive model with the V6 gets a combined rating of 24 mpg (21 city/29 highway).
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 technology features, and the 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige tack on those niceties, as well as the V6 engine. Finally, the new 3.0T Competition includes an even higher-powered V6 and an assortment of sporty touches. Whichever 2017 Audi A6 best meets your needs, let Edmunds help you find the perfect one for you.