2020 Audi S6

What’s new

  • Performance-oriented S6 returns after a one-year hiatus
  • Based on the fifth A6 generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive and refined interior
  • Lots of high-tech features
  • Infotainment interface can be challenging to use
  • Not as much trunk space as competitors
MSRP Starting at
$73,900

Save as much as $8,863
Incentive offers available
Select your model:

2020 Audi S6 Review

The recently redesigned Audi A6 is one of our favorite midsize luxury sedans thanks to its advanced technology features, pleasing performance and supremely comfortable seats. We especially like the optional turbocharged V6, which provides plenty of power and good fuel economy. But if the A6 just seems a little too bland, you might find the performance-oriented 2020 Audi S6 more intriguing.

Under the hood of the S6 is a slightly smaller turbocharged V6 that nevertheless makes more power. It's rated at 444 horsepower, compared to the A6's V6 with 335 hp. According to Audi, the S6 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, or about half a second quicker than the A6. The S6 has other performance enhancements too, including grippy summer tires and an adaptive air suspension so drivers can dial in their preferred handling response. The S6 also enjoys a greater breadth of sport upgrades that aren't available on the A6.

The S6 doesn't really have any serious faults, though we encourage potential buyers to give the infotainment system a thorough test. Our editors were split on the two-touchscreen setup, which can be distracting to use. Overall, though, the S6 is a smart pick for a luxury sedan with a little pizzazz.

Which S6 does Edmunds recommend?

The Prestige is the way to go. It costs nearly the same as the Premium Plus with a few of its optional packages added, yet it also comes with extra features to boot. From the options list, we recommend the S Sport adaptive steel suspension, which replaces the standard air suspension for a more connected road feel.

Audi S6 models

The Audi S6 is a performance-oriented midsize luxury sedan based on the more sedate A6. Power comes from an electrically assisted and turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (444 horsepower, 443 lb-ft of torque). Also standard is an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Two trims are available: the well-appointed Premium Plus and the loaded Prestige.

Premium Plus
Starts you off with:

  • 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires
  • Air suspension
  • Sunroof
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Heated front sport seats

Standard technology features include:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with satellite radio
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad

The S6 also comes loaded with safety features, such as:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the S6 begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
  • Automatic front emergency braking (if forward collision sensors trigger and no driver intervention is registered, the car can automatically apply the brakes)
  • 360-degree parking camera

There are several options available for the S6 Premium Plus, including:

  • Driver Assistance package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the S6 and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping assist (automatically steers the car back into its lane if the S6 begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Executive package
    • Multicolor configurable ambient lighting
    • Additional leather interior trim
    • Heated rear seats
    • Power trunklid
  • Black Optic package
    • 21-inch black-painted wheels
    • Black-painted exterior trim
  • S Sport package
    • All-wheel steering
    • Sport exhaust
    • Sport rear differential
    • Red brake calipers
  • Luxury package
    • Comfort-oriented front seats with ventilation and massage
    • Rear sunshades
  • Adaptive steel suspension
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Automatic rear emergency braking (automatically applies the brakes if rear sensors detect an imminent collision and driver takes no action)

Prestige
The range-topping Prestige includes:

  • Driver Assistance package
  • Executive package
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Automatic rear emergency braking
  • Thicker glass for reducing noise
  • Air fragrance
  • Head-up display
  • Soft-closing doors

All other packages and options from the Premium Plus are available, as are:

  • Night vision
  • 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2020 Audi S6.

Trending topics in reviews




    Features & Specs

    Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
    2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$79,600
    MPG 18 city / 28 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    HorsepowerN/A
    See all for sale
    Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
    2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$73,900
    MPG 18 city / 28 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    HorsepowerN/A
    See all for sale
    See all 2020 Audi S6 features & specs

    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite S6 safety features:

    Audi Pre Sense Basic and Front
    Warns of an impending front collision and automatically applies the brakes if you don't.
    Audi Side Assist
    Notifies you if there's a car in your blind spot and alerts you if you activate the turn signal.
    Audi Active Lane Assist
    Audi Active Lane Assist

    NHTSA Overall Rating

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
    Side Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
    RolloverRating
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover8.9%

    Audi S6 vs. the competition

    Audi S6 vs. BMW 5 Series

    The BMW 5 Series is one of the S6's strongest competitors, and it might have it beat in terms of value. From a raw horsepower perspective, the S6 slots between the six-cylinder 540i and the V8-powered M550i. However, the Audi's estimated 0-60 mph time is closer to the 540i's, yet it costs almost as much as the M550i. The Audi has a roomier cabin and better technology, but you pay for them. If you want to learn more about a 540i of this generation, you can read our long-term road test.

    Compare Audi S6 & BMW 5 Series features

    Audi S6 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the best and most versatile midsize cars. It's available in a variety of body styles and engines, though only one competes with the S6 directly. That would be the AMG E 53 sedan. Like the S6, it features a turbocharged six-cylinder engine augmented by a 48-volt mild hybrid system. Whether you go with the Mercedes or Audi, you'll be getting a sporty sedan with few faults.

    Compare Audi S6 & Mercedes-Benz E-Class features

    Audi S6 vs. Audi S8

    The Audi S8 is the performance variant of the A8, which is in turn Audi's largest and most luxurious sedan. Also redesigned for 2020, the S8 features a turbocharged V8 pumping out a thundering 563 horsepower. As the most expensive and feature-rich sedan in the lineup, the S8 is significantly more expensive than the S6.

    Compare Audi S6 & Audi S8 features

    FAQ

    Is the Audi S6 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 S6 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Audi S6 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the S6 gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the S6 has 13.7 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 S6. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Audi S6?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Audi S6:

    • Performance-oriented S6 returns after a one-year hiatus
    • Based on the fifth A6 generation introduced for 2019
    Learn more
    Is the Audi S6 reliable?
    To determine whether the Audi S6 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the S6. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the S6's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Audi S6 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Audi S6 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 S6 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Audi S6?

    The least-expensive 2020 Audi S6 is the 2020 Audi S6 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $73,900.

    Other versions include:

    • Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $79,600
    • Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $73,900
    Learn more
    What are the different models of Audi S6?
    If you're interested in the Audi S6, the next question is, which S6 model is right for you? S6 variants include Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of S6 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Audi S6

    2020 Audi S6 Overview

    The 2020 Audi S6 is offered in the following submodels: S6 Sedan. Available styles include Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Audi S6?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Audi S6 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 2020 S6.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Audi S6 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 S6 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 2020 Audi S6?

    2020 Audi S6 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2020 Audi S6 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $78,010. The average price paid for a new 2020 Audi S6 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $8,863 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $8,863 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $69,147.

    The average savings for the 2020 Audi S6 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 11.4% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 10 2020 Audi S6 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2020 Audi S6s 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) 2020 Audi S6 for sale near. There are currently 14 new 2020 S6s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $77,260 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap 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 2020 Audi S6. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $4,432 on a used or CPO 2020 S6 available from a dealership near you.

    Can't find a new 2020 Audi S6s you want in your area? Consider a broader search.

    Find a new Audi S6 for sale - 5 great deals out of 16 listings starting at $13,998.

    Find a new Audi for sale - 3 great deals out of 19 listings starting at $12,809.

    Why trust Edmunds?

    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Audi S6?

    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