Luxury-car shoppers who love value have long cheered the Audi A6. And in true Audi fashion, the midsize A6 gives you a lot for a very competitive price. One of the A6's primary strengths is its deluxe cabin. Materials are first-rate, and the interior's build quality and design have stood out even against rivals such as Mercedes-Benz. Its winter-weather capability is another plus since most A6s you'll find for sale have all-wheel drive.
But the car's most compelling asset concerns value. In terms of overall quality and performance, the Audi A6 is typically equal to or even better than its luxury sedan rivals, yet it usually costs thousands less. The latest A6 benefits from enhanced performance and increased driver engagement, making it a top choice in the segment, but older A6s are still a smart pick for a luxury sedan or wagon.
Current Audi A6
The current Audi A6 is currently offered in four trims: Premium (2.0T only), Premium Plus (2.0T and 3.0T), Prestige (3.0T only) and Competition Prestige (3.0T only). You get the luxury sedan basics with the Premium, including leather upholstery, but stepping up to the Premium Plus adds features such as keyless ignition and entry, four-zone climate control, an 8-inch display screen, navigation and a Bose audio system. The Prestige further adds adaptive LED headlights, a power trunk and ventilated front seats. Look at the sport-themed 3.0T Competition Prestige to get a sport suspension, sport seats, upgraded leather and various styling flourishes, among its additions. Notable options include adaptive cruise control, a top-view camera system, massaging front seats and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Powering the base Audi A6 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (2.0T) rated at 252 horsepower. By default, it powers the front wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. However, the all-wheel-drive Quattro powertrain is more popular on dealer lots, and it couples the engine with an eight-speed automatic. 3.0T models use a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 333 hp (selecting the Competition Prestige bumps this to 340 hp); it is exclusively available with AWD and the eight-speed auto.
In reviews, we rank the current Audi A6 highly for its engaging driving character, well-crafted interior, long list of features, and impressive combination of performance and fuel efficiency. Drivers with a penchant for winding roads will certainly appreciate the A6's tenacious grip on the pavement and well-balanced weight distribution; others will likely enjoy the quiet and attractive cabin that is well stocked with intuitive high-tech wizardry. But though the A6's cabin design is aging like a fine wine, competitors are raising the bar with accoutrements lifted from their higher-priced counterparts.
Read the most recent 2018 Audi A6 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Audi A6 page.