2017 Audi A6 Sedan

2017 Audi A6
MSRP range
$47,600 - $67,600

Pros

  • Roomy interior finished in high-quality materials
  • Powerful engines that also achieve good fuel economy
  • Intuitive technology interface makes high-tech features easy to use

Cons

  • Some of the navigation features can be a little too clever to the point of distraction
  • Missing some key features that are available on other cars in the segment


Edmunds' Expert Review

overall rating

Midsize sedan shoppers, including those at the luxury end of the spectrum, are spoiled for choice. This class of car, with its four doors, large trunks, and purpose-built design for carrying families, friends and clients, is simply one of the auto industry's most ruthlessly competitive.

Impressive then that the 2017 Audi A6 manages to remain competitive even though it hasn't had a full redesign since 2012. The A6's appeal lies in its blend of efficient power, ride refinement, modern interior design, and classic styling. The sedan's four- and six-cylinder engines deliver seamless thrust at almost any speed while the taut suspension keeps the car glued to the road and filters out most imperfections. It's no surprise that the A6 earns our Edmunds "A" rating for overall excellence.

For 2017, the A6 largely carries over the successful formula of last year's model. There are subtle new styling treatments, expanded wheel choices, and upgraded smartphone and entertainment interfaces. More notable is the new 3.0T Competition trim level, offering a more powerful engine, sharper handling, and unique leather upholstery.

But even though it's one of our favorites in this class, the A6 isn't for everyone. Some shoppers may find its technology a little too complicated. The BMW 5 Series is a more restrained choice, not as hip or sporty, but with power, features and build quality that stack up with the Audi. More elegant still is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with a redesigned look and features for 2017 and plenty of sport and aggression when called upon.

The Cadillac CTS, with its own distinct style and sports car handling, is Detroit's answer to the A6, while the Lexus GS 350 (and hybrid GS 450h) also offers impressive dynamics and a high-standard of luxury appointment.

Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Audi A6 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear side airbags, rearview and top-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, lane keeping assist, a blind-spot warning system and a night-vision camera system are optional.

The standard Audi Pre Sense system can sense when a collision is imminent and warn the driver, tension the seatbelts and close the windows, while Pre Sense Rear flashes the brake lights as a warning to rearward traffic. The optional Pre Sense Plus system (available via the Driver Assistance package) will also fully tighten the seatbelts and automatically apply the brakes full force to avoid a forward collision or mitigate crash damage if one is unavoidable.

In Edmunds brake testing, an A6 3.0T with the Sport package's summer performance tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 111 feet, while an A6 TDI Sport with summer tires did it in 114 feet. These are average distances among comparably equipped midsize luxury sedans. Expect longer distances from A6s with all-season tires.

In government crash tests, the A6 received five out of five stars overall, with five stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the A6 its highest rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, small-overlap frontal-offset, side impact and roof-strength tests, while the A6's seat and head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

trim levels & features

The 2017 Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available in five trim levels: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, and 3.0T Competition Prestige. The 2.0T and 3.0T denote the engine fitted (a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, respectively). The high-performance S6 variant is reviewed separately.

Of note, Audi has discontinued sales of its TDI diesel engine-equipped models pending review of its emissions certification.

Standard equipment for the 2.0T Premium includes 18-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select (providing adjustable modes for steering, gas pedal and transmission response), automatic xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power front seats (includes driver four-way lumbar adjustments), driver memory settings, leather upholstery, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Audi's MMI electronics interface, a 6.5-inch display screen and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and Audi's proprietary music interface with an iPhone Lightning adapter cable. Also standard is Audi's PreSense Basic safety system.

The 2.0T Premium Plus adds a blind-spot monitoring system, Pre Sense Rear, power-folding exterior mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, four-zone climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, an 8-inch display screen, a voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth audio connectivity, a Bose surround sound audio system, an upgraded version of MMI with an enhanced controller, USB connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Audi Connect (featuring Google Earth integration, Google-powered search functions, smartphone app integration and AT&T-based 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability).

The 3.0T Premium Plus is equipped similarly to the 2.0T Premium Plus but adds a six-cylinder engine, chrome exterior accents (window frames, exhaust outlet) and a fuel-saving engine stop-start system.

Going with the 3.0T Prestige gets you adaptive LED headlights, ambient LED cabin lighting, power trunk opening and closing, a head-up display, ventilated front seats with front passenger seat power lumbar support, a power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades.

New for 2017 is the 3.0T Competition Prestige trim, which features 20-inch titanium-finish wheels, a sport suspension, a high-performance rear differential, sport seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a flat-bottom steering wheel, black cloth headliner, and various styling flourishes like high-gloss black trim pieces, red brake calipers, and brushed metal inlays.

Optional packages, depending on trim, include the the Cold Weather package (heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel), the Sport package (19-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension), the Driver Assistance package (adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlight control, a top-view camera system with front and rear corner views, lane keeping assist and Pre Sense Plus collision mitigation with automatic braking), the Comfort Seating package (individually contoured and ventilated front seats with passenger memory settings and massage function) and the Black Optic package (available with 19-inch, titanium-finished wheels, or 20-inch black-polished wheels with summer tires).

Other notable options include rear side airbags and three items limited to the 3.0T Prestige: a night-vision camera system with pedestrian detection, ventilated multicontour front seats with driver and passenger memory settings, massage function, and upgraded leather upholstery, and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The 2017 Audi A6 2.0T is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a seven-speed automated manual transmission are standard, but you're more likely to find most A6s fitted with "Quattro" all-wheel drive which comes with an eight-speed conventional automatic. The EPA says you can expect 28 mpg combined (24 mpg city/35 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg combined (22 mpg city/32 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.

The Audi A6 3.0T gets a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 333 hp (340 hp in the Competition model) and 325 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard, as is automatic engine stop-start technology. EPA fuel economy estimates come in at 24 mpg combined (20 mpg city/30 mpg highway). In Edmunds.com testing, a 2016 A6 3.0T sprinted from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, a quick time for a car in this class.

Of note, Audi has discontinued sales of its TDI diesel engine-equipped models until it can sort out certain emissions issues.

driving

The 2017 Audi A6 is a fun car to drive, especially considering its size and heft. Not many midsize luxury sedans forge such a gratifying connection with the driver. One demerit is the car's overly light and numb steering feel under normal circumstances, but we've found that the effort level in the Sport mode is much more to our liking.

The 2.0T and 3.0T provide spirited acceleration in almost any driving situation and both transmissions deliver quick and unobtrusive shifts. Although the A6 has a composed ride that's never harsh, it's definitely firm, and there are sometimes more jolts than we'd like on rough pavement. For this reason, we recommend skipping the Sport package with its stiffer suspension tuning. We haven't driven the new Competition model yet, but we'd expect the same to hold true; this one is best left for those who like to drive on twisty roads.

interior

The 2017 Audi A6 has one of the best cabins in its class, with an attractive dash layout, excellent materials quality and solid fit and finish. The infotainment system controls a dizzying array of functions, utilizing a dash-mounted pop-up screen and a knob and buttons on the center console. The system boasts logical menus and crisp graphics, and the "MMI navigation plus" upgrade (standard on all except the base 2.0T Premium) includes USB integration and a touchpad that can recognize fingertip scrawls. It's sophisticated, but we still prefer BMW's iDrive or Mercedes' COMAND for overall ease of use.

The upgraded MMI system can also serve as a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices, and adds Google Earth data to the navigation system while providing a simplified Google search for POIs. The Google Earth feature is essentially form over function, however, as it can make the map more difficult to comprehend at a glance.

The A6's front seats are supportive and comfortable, remaining so even on long trips. The spacious backseat offers more real-world legroom than most rivals. The A6's 14.1-cubic-foot trunk is slightly below average for the segment, but we've found it generous in real-world testing, and the rear seatbacks fold and offer a pass-through when more space is needed.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Audi A6.

Comfortable, Quiet, Easy Handling, Fuel Efficient
Mink70, 3/5/2017
There is no perfect car, but this one comes pretty close, with mostly "pluses" and just a few "cons." The only options I did not order on the Prestige Package were a Bang and Olufsen stereo, the $3300 comfort seat upgrade and night vision (The Prestige comes with 12-way ventilated seats). I also stuck with the stock 18" 245/45 all weather tires because of their higher profile. On the plus side are its stylish look in Florett Silver with Atlas Beige/Dark Walnut interior, great handling, extreme comfort, great temperature and direction controls, wonderful visibility, well-designed driver assistance, and great parking assist (easiest car I have ever parked beside the 2017 Q5). The virtual cockpit and heads up displays are easy to use, informative and very helpful. It's great having the Nav display directly in front of the driver. The transmission shifts smoothly, and for such a powerful car, it is surprisingly quiet when accelerating, and there is virtually no wind noise when cruising, The ECO start/stop was a little hard to get used to (abrupt stop), but I really like the fuel savings it affords around town. Speaking of fuel economy, I have been getting between 30-36 mpg on trips and averaging 25 mpg combined. FANTASTIC! I think the secret is that I allow the adaptive cruise to pretty much control the car on a trip. On the "con" side, the info system does take time to figure out. I spent over 2 hours with Audi Connect getting the AT&T SD card and navigation system reprogrammed, I am still learning the system. I wish all the information on the retractable Nav screen could be turned off so the entire screen displayed the route. I wish connection to the internet was included in the price like GM proposes to do on its new models. The garage door HomeLink was a bear to set. The salesman spent over an hour at my home setting it up, but it has worked well since being programmed. Dash glare is another "con." I had ordered the brown interior and dash trim with the expectation that dash glare would be reduced. NOT! My 2011 Volvo S80 had a similar colored dash that gave off almost no dash glare. Instead of using a grained glare-reducing material over the entire dash, Audi used hard plastic around the heads up display and other selected places which, in combination, produces a lot of reflection on the windshield. It apparently failed to engineer the windshield angle to reduce glare on the type of dash materials it chose to use. I also join others in expressing a desire that the car have a little more storage space in the front passenger compartment, but I have learned to do more with less junk in the cabin of the car. It is only these later "cons" that kept me from giving the car 5 stars overall. Its looks, its performance, its comfort, fuel economy, etc. all call for 5 stars. Because of some convenience issues, however, I could only give it 4 overall. (PS: The price for this category of car was in line with its competitors, and I thought the dealer treated me fairly considering the additional warranties that were included in the out-the-door price. Therefore, the price rating should be read as an N/A. It was not a factor in my ratings.)
rear end review.
harkna, 9/26/2016
rear view camera (360) is soft low pixels with no adjustments. Stretched to fit a wider screen without the needed DPI. Cant make out a rear wall in low light. Very disappointed for a luxury auto to chintz on such a important safety feature.
Best Car I Have Purchased
Phillip Rossignol, 11/4/2016
Great car but avoid the 20 inch summer tires if you want a comfort ride. The 20 inch handle much better when the car is pushed in the curves. But for everyday, the smaller tires are better overall. This is my third Audi and I am sold.
Not the newest German mid size but still great
Chicago Mark, 4/29/2017
Looked at the 2016 BMW 5 series and the latest Mercedes E class (4 cylinder model). Ruled out the new 5 series for fear of 1st model year run reliability woes and the 6 cylinder E class is just too expensive. Just loved the ride and handling of the A6, it's the right combination of sport and luxury. Plus this is the only German midsize you can order with REAR side airbags and of course outstanding crash testing. The ride and handling are outstanding. Some formal car magazine reviews had stated the steering is numb or light but I do not have that impression. The V6 gives you power whenever you want. I purchased a factory order Premium Plus with 19" sport package and the layered walnut. The 19" wheels ride well without added harshness and the 10 spoke wheels look stunning when paired with Florett Silver body color. The black headliner with black leather and layered walnut wood option make the cabin exceptionally rich. The MMI interface doesn't take that long to figure out. Voice commands are a little slow but the map with google earth view is pretty cool. The instrument cluster driver display can be customized to show different driver info and is nearly the equal of the newer cars that have the all digital display for the driver instrument panel. The Bose stereo is good but not great (and wasn't going to cough up $4200 for the Bang and Olufsen upgrade). Driver's assistance package work very well especially the adaptive cruise control keeping distance from the car ahead of you and lane assist keeping you in the lane. Yes it's the oldest of the German luxury mid sized sedans in terms of this version, but it stacks up well to the competition. I love it and have NO regrets buying it.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$58,600
MPG
21 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
333 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$53,800
MPG
22 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
252 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$49,800
MPG
22 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
252 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$51,600
MPG
24 city / 354 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed automated manual
Gas
252 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 Audi A6

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.

2017 Audi A6 Sedan Overview

The 2017 Audi A6 Sedan is offered in the following styles: 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2.0T Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), 2.0T Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and 3.0T Competition Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A).

What do people think of the 2017 Audi A6 Sedan?

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