2021 Audi RS 6

MSRP range: $109,000
MSRP$110,045
Edmunds suggests you pay$107,654

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2021 Audi RS 6 Review

  • Powerful turbocharged V8
  • Wagon body style provides SUV-like utility
  • Great balance between comfort and performance
  • Loads of available technology
  • Infotainment system can be distracting to operate
  • Most driver aids must be added as options
  • Limited front-row storage
  • The RS 6 returns to U.S. after nearly a two-decade absence
  • Based on the fifth A6 generation introduced for 2019

Performance wagons are like catnip to a lot of performance enthusiasts. First off, there's a wagon's combination of sedan-like driving dynamics and SUV-like utility, which is sort of like a best-of-both-worlds situation. Then you add in the fact that wagons are a rare sight these days. Oh, and a performance wagon? Even rarer. All of which leads us to the sublimely intriguing 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.

Compared to an A6 sedan or the A6 Allroad wagon, the RS 6 Avant gets a major power upgrade in the form of a twin-turbocharged 591-horsepower 4.0-liter V8. Mash the gas and this hot-rod wagon rips from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. Audi's engineers also went over the entire car front to back. Highlights include a special adaptive air suspension, grippier tires, more powerful brakes, flared fenders and sport front seats.

The RS 6 only has a few direct rivals. The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon is the clearest competitor and similar in price, overall performance, features, and passenger and cargo space. The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is another alternative, though you should expect to pay significantly more if you want one of the V8-powered variants. So is this new Audi RS 6 Avant for you? Check out our Expert Rating below to get our in-depth review.

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It's not cheap, but the RS 6 feels like two cars for the money. Around town, it's an extremely comfortable, quiet and spacious wagon that's fitted with a handsome, well-crafted interior and all the latest tech and driver aids Audi has to offer. But push the RS button on the steering wheel and the RS 6 becomes a rewarding and comically quick performance car. In our testing, the RS 6 performed as well as some sports cars, and it does it with more cargo space than some SUVs.
Few cars will make you giggle quite as much as the RS 6. For starters, it sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. That's quicker than most dedicated sports cars we test and roughly on par with rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E 63 wagon. Braking and handling performance are equally impressive. Few cars on the road feel as athletic and sure-footed as the RS 6, which is somewhat shocking given this Audi's nearly 2.5-ton curb weight. We wish there was a bit more steering feedback, but there's enough there to feel confident at any speed.

More broadly, the RS 6 is a peach to drive around town. The 4.0-liter V8 is smooth and powerful and pairs well with the smooth-shifting transmission that always picks the right gear. The brakes are strong and easy to control for smooth stops. In our emergency braking test, our RS 6 test vehicle stopped from 60 mph in just 109 feet. The RS 6 is stunning in its all-around competence.
The engineers at Audi Sport have worked some real magic here. Despite our test car's optional 22-inch wheels, the ride was smooth and relaxed, with most road imperfections smoothed out or at least well muted. Put the RS 6 into Dynamic mode and the air suspension and adaptive dampers stiffen up, but even then it's not backbreaking. Helping comfort are the RS 6's supportive but comfortable seats. We'd like a bit more adjustment, but we found both the front and rear seats to be pretty excellent. 

The RS 6 is surprisingly quiet too, making it far more inconspicuous than you might expect. The interior is whisper-quiet even on the highway. Even noise from the twin-turbo V8 is toned down compared to what you might expect. We liked the standard four-zone automatic climate control system too.
As you might expect with any modern Audi, the RS 6's interior is clean and stylish, with a minimalist design that does away with most buttons and knobs. One of the two touchscreen displays control settings for things such as climate control. As slick as it all looks, it's not as easy to use as an interface with physical controls because it requires taking your eyes off the road longer than we'd like.

But that's really our biggest complaint about the interior. The RS 6 is spacious, with the wagon's roofline a big plus for taller rear passengers. Visibility is good in all directions thanks to a relatively low window line and tons of glass, helping to reduce blind spots. The backup camera isn't quite as good as the ones in some rivals, but it's not a deal-breaker either. The steering wheel feels a bit large for something this sporty, but the driving position itself is excellent.
The RS 6 uses the latest and greatest tech and driver aids Audi has to offer. The infotainment has a mild learning curve, but we think it's one of the best systems out there. Both the digital instrument cluster and head-up display can show navigation directions, meaning you don't have to switch back and forth between screens to adjust the radio or media settings. For phone connectivity, the RS 6 has Apple CarPlay (with wireless connectivity), Android Auto and multiple USB-A and -C ports.

Audi's driver aids work well. The smooth adaptive cruise control and lane keeping systems keep the RS 6 pointed straight without noticeable or clumsy inputs from the assist systems. The surround-view camera makes parking much easier.
This is one of the bigger selling points of the wagon, or Avant in Audi speak. With 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, the RS 6 has more than double the cargo space of the A6/S6 sedan. Fold the second-row seats down and it opens up the cargo space even further. While it's not quite as spacious as the Mercedes-AMG E 63 wagon, the RS 6 is roomier than the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.

Small-item storage up front isn't as generous. The center console is shallow, and the two-touchscreen setup means there's no bin in front of the cupholders for sunglasses or other small things. That means using the cupholder, which is far from ideal.

The RS 6 does score well when it comes to car seats. There are child safety seat anchors on the outside seats, and the long roof makes maneuvering in the back seat relatively easy.
The EPA estimates the Audi RS 6 Avant gets 17 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway). That's about average for the class. We observed 20.2 mpg on our 115-mile mixed-driving test route, which is impressive given just how tempting it is to dip into the throttle.
The Audi RS 6 Avant starts at around $110,000 when new. That's not cheap, but it does undercut the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon slightly. As soon as you close the door on the RS 6, you see where the money has gone. The build quality is excellent, with no flaws, squeaks or rattles to speak of. Audi also nails the little things, such as the click of the window switches.

The warranty isn't quite as impressive. Audi offers a four-year/50,000-mile basic and drivetrain warranty and 12 years of rust protection. That's average for the class but less coverage than some rivals provide. Audi also includes four years/50,000 miles of roadside assistance.
Like a lot of high-performance cars based on more mainstream products, the RS 6 sails under the radar. Sure, it's got a nearly 600-horsepower V8 and one of the best all-wheel-drive systems around to spread that power evenly to the pavement. But it's quiet and subdued most of the time, especially given its mild exhaust note. The wagon shape gives that extra bit of cool that you'll only find on a handful of cars. It's so much fun too. There's a comical amount of power, and it feels endlessly entertaining on a twisty back road.

Which RS 6 does Edmunds recommend?

The RS 6 is only available in a single, well-equipped trim level. We would highly suggest opting for the driver aids included in the Driver Assistance and Audi Side Assist packages as well.

Audi RS 6 models

There's only one trim level on the 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant. This fast wagon is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (591 hp, 590 lb-ft) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. As with other Audi Sport performance models, all-wheel drive is standard.

RS 6 Avant
The RS 6 comes very well equipped from the get-go. Standard features include:

  • 21-inch wheels with summer performance tires
  • Sport-tuned differential for improved traction
  • All-wheel steering (improves high-speed stability and shortens turning radius to ease parking)
  • Sport-tuned adaptive air suspension
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Hands-free tailgate
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Keyless entry and ignition

Interior and technology features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front sport seats
  • Power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Dual touchscreen displays (10.1-inch top and 8.6-inch lower) with navigation
  • Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Wireless charging pad with phone signal booster
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the RS 6 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

The RS 6 is available with a handful of options. These include:

  • Side Assist package
    • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Driver Assistance package
    • Features of the Side Assist package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Audi and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping assist (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Executive package
    • Additional leather trim
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
    • Heated rear seats
    • Soft-close doors
  • Upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes (improve high-performance braking)
  • Black Optic and Carbon Optic styling packages

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Audi RS 6.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$109,000
MPG & Fuel
15 City / 22 Hwy / 17 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.3 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 591 hp @ N/A rpm
Torque: 590 lb-ft @ N/A rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 196.7 in. / Height: 58.6 in. / Width: 76.8 in.
Curb Weight: 4960 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 30.0 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite RS 6 safety features:

Adaptive Cruise Assist
Adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front.
Audi Active Lane Assist
Warns the driver if he or she deviates from a lane without using a signal. Can also apply steering to help keep the car in the lane.
Side Assist with rear cross-traffic assist
Warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing.

Audi RS 6 vs. the competition

2021 Audi RS 6

2021 Audi RS 6

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Audi RS 6 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The E 63 S Wagon and the RS 6 have a lot in common. They aim to be as practical as they are entertaining to drive. Both are powered by turbocharged 4.0-liter V8s making roughly 600 horsepower. Both also use all-wheel drive to put that power to the pavement. We think the newer RS 6 has a slight edge in comfort and tech, but it's hard to go wrong with either.

Compare Audi RS 6 & Mercedes-Benz E-Class features 

Audi RS 6 vs. BMW M5

Yes, the M5 is a sedan and not a wagon, but take that out of the equation and the two are neck and neck in terms of performance, comfort, tech and refinement. The pair use turbocharged V8s and all-wheel drive. In our testing, performance was roughly identical. The Audi obviously excels when it comes to utility and storage, but you pay a premium for that extra space.

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Audi RS 6 vs. Audi RS 7

Think of the RS 6 and the RS 7 as different variations of the same formula. Aside from the bodywork, both cars are roughly identical. Looking forward from the driver's seat, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the two apart. Both use the same engine, transmission and all-wheel drive system. The RS 6 has more cargo space, but the hatchback RS 7 is more practical than it looks. Really, it's a matter of which design you like better.

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FAQ

Is the Audi RS 6 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 RS 6 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.6 out of 10. You probably care about Audi RS 6 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RS 6 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RS 6 has 30.0 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 RS 6. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi RS 6?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi RS 6:

  • The RS 6 returns to U.S. after nearly a two-decade absence
  • Based on the fifth A6 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Audi RS 6 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi RS 6 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RS 6. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RS 6's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi RS 6 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi RS 6 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 RS 6 and gave it a 8.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 RS 6 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi RS 6?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi RS 6 is the 2021 Audi RS 6 4dr Wagon AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $109,000.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Wagon AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $109,000
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What are the different models of Audi RS 6?

If you're interested in the Audi RS 6, the next question is, which RS 6 model is right for you? RS 6 variants include 4dr Wagon AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of RS 6 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Audi RS 6

2021 Audi RS 6 Overview

The 2021 Audi RS 6 is offered in the following submodels: RS 6 Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Wagon AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Audi RS 6?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi RS 6 and all its trim types. 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 RS 6.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi RS 6 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 RS 6 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 RS 6?

2021 Audi RS 6 4dr Wagon AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Audi RS 6 4dr Wagon AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $110,045. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi RS 6 4dr Wagon AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,391 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,391 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $107,654.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi RS 6 4dr Wagon AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 2.2% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi RS 6?

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