2021 Audi S6

MSRP range: $74,400 - $81,100
MSRP$75,445
Edmunds suggests you pay$65,634

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2021 Audi S6 Review

  • Attractive and refined interior
  • Lots of high-tech features
  • Impressively quick acceleration
  • Smooth ride
  • Infotainment interface can be challenging to use
  • Short on in-cabin storage and trunk space
  • 21-inch wheels with high-performance summer tires are now standard
  • Standard equipment now includes Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel
  • Minor changes to available advanced driver aids
  • Based on the fifth A6 generation introduced for 2019

To create its S6 midsize luxury sport sedan, Audi simply takes its A6 and adds more performance via a more powerful turbocharged V6 engine, sticky tires and a suspension tuned for better handling. The regular A6 comes with either a 261-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 335-hp V6, but the S6's standard V6 trumps both with a muscular 444 hp. Pleasingly, Audi has made sure that no luxury has been lost with that extra performance, and the S6 has all the premium hallmarks that make the standard A6 sedan so comfortable.

As you'd expect, the strongest competition for the S6 comes from other German manufacturers. BMW offers its potent M550i, while Mercedes-Benz matches the sporty AMG E 53 sedan against the Audi. For something similar but different, you could also check out Tesla's Model S. It offers even more performance plus the efficiencies of a fully electric drivetrain. Does the S6 hit your sweet spot for a luxury sport sedan? Read our Expert Rating below for an in-depth look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Audi S6.

EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team
The Audi S6 does a lot of things well and a few things great. In terms of performance and driving dynamics, it's right there with the class leaders. The interior is roomy and has excellent in-car tech. If you want a large, comfortable and somewhat subtle luxury car with a surprising amount of performance, it doesn't get much better than the S6.
At the Edmunds test track, our test S6 sprinted to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. That's impressively quick for a midsize luxury sedan. The S6's turbocharged V6 has plenty of power for passing other cars or merging onto the highway. But from a dead stop it feels lazy. There seems to be nothing below 3,000 rpm. Rev past that, though, and you get a huge swell of power. The transmission's shifts are smooth and quick, but it sometimes upshifts too soon for our tastes.

Emergency braking performance is solid. It's not at the top of the class, but it's near it. Around town, the S6's brakes feel great, with a firm pedal that is easy to control. It's easy to come to a smooth stop.

The Audi handles well enough too. The steering is a touch light, but it's quick and direct, making it easy to maneuver the S6 in tight parking lots or winding back roads. The suspension strikes a good balance between comfort and sport.
This is where the S6 shines. It's the perfect midlevel performance sedan with just enough grunt and personality to let you know what's what. It's loud and sporty when you want it to be and quiet and reserved when you just want to cruise.

Our test S6 had the standard sport front seats. They don't offer as much adjustment as the optional luxury seats, but we found them comfortable enough even after several hundred miles of highway driving. But we wouldn't mind more bolstering to better keep you secure during cornering.

The ride is excellent thanks to the optional adaptive sport suspension. The S6 smooths out pavement without feeling light or overly soft. Our biggest complaint is with the climate control system. In full auto mode, it never seems to even out the temperature in the cabin.
While we love the S6's interior design, we aren't completely won over by its layout. Some controls are needlessly hidden in on-screen menus. Otherwise, the controls for the media and climate systems are well placed and easy to reach.

As expected with a midsize luxury sedan, there's plenty of room for both front and rear passengers. The front seats are mounted low. It's a sporty driving position, but it might be hard for some people to get in and out. At least the door openings are big and wide. Visibility is decent, though a tall hood and window line make it a little difficult to see forward.
Audi's in-car tech features all the bells and whistles you might expect from a modern luxury automobile, though many of the higher-end features are optional rather than standard. When equipped, the systems work well, though they do require a bit of a learning curve to figure out.

The audio system is one of the best around, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to play music from your phone. Our test car had four USB ports, though none were the newest USB-C style. The S6's wireless charging pad doubles as a signal booster.

The driver aids work well, with no false readings or needless corrections. The adaptive cruise control maintained a close but reasonable gap in traffic.
Storage is one of the S6's weakest points. The 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space is near the bottom of the class numerically. In actual use you'll find the space is wide and deep enough to handle most daily errands. You can fold down the rear seats to help facilitate loading of long cargo items. A low liftover height means heavy items require less effort too.

In terms of interior storage, there doesn't seem to be any good place to place a pair of sunglasses that doesn't block a cupholder. The shallow center console is mostly taken up by the wireless charging spot. There's plenty of space in the rear for child seats, with easy-to-access anchors on the outboard seats.
The S6 is rated at 22 mpg combined (18 city/ 28 highway). That's typical fuel economy for a midsize luxury sedan with a six-cylinder engine. Our test S6 equaled the EPA's estimates during our testing, so it's fair to assume they're realistic.
Everything about the S6 looks and screams luxury. The design is clean and modern. Usually we dislike the use of glossy piano black trim, but Audi has managed to use it without making it look cheap or plasticky.

All the switches have weight and heft that make the S6 feel special. Fit and finish is excellent, with no squeaks or rattles to speak of. The S6 feels as good as or better than a BMW or Mercedes-Benz and better than some of the dated products from Lexus.
Lots of subtle character here. The S6 offers a good bit of performance without being overly showy. If you want a fun-to-drive luxury sedan that doesn't announce its presence at every stoplight, the S6 is your kind of car.

Which S6 does Edmunds recommend?

We don't always recommend the top trim levels, but with the S6 we think the Prestige represents the best value. It comes standard with most of the optional extras we think the S6 needs. We'd also spring for the S Sport package for the dynamic all-wheel steering and sport differential, and we'd get the S Sport adaptive steel suspension for better road feel.

Audi S6 models

The Audi S6 is a performance-oriented midsize luxury sedan based on the more sedate A6. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (444 horsepower, 443 lb-ft of torque). Also standard are 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. Feature highlights include:

Premium Plus
Starts you off with:

  • 21-inch wheels with summer performance tires
  • Adaptive air suspension (can adjust the S6's ride height and enhances ride quality and handling)
  • Sunroof
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Heated front sport seats

Standard technology features include:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen
  • Digital instrument panel (Audi's Virtual Cockpit)
  • Navigation system
  • 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Wireless charging pad

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

  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
  • 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 (the car can automatically apply the brakes if forward collision sensors trigger)
  • 360-degree parking camera (gives you a top-down view of the S6 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

An Executive package is optional for the S6 Premium Plus. It adds:

  • 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)
  • Additional leather interior trim
  • Heated rear seats
  • Adjustable ambient interior lighting
  • Power trunklid

Prestige
The range-topping Prestige includes:

  • The Executive package
  • Blind-spot monitoring (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)
  • Thicker window glass for reducing noise
  • Air fragrance system
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
  • Soft-closing doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)

Other notable options for the S6 include:

  • 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
    • Additional leather interior trim
    • Rear sunshades
  • Sport-tuned adaptive suspension (replaces the air suspension)
  • Night vision system
  • 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Audi S6.



Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$74,400
MPG & Fuel
18 City / 28 Hwy / 22 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.3 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 444 hp @ N/A rpm
Torque: 443 lb-ft @ N/A rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 195.0 in. / Height: 56.9 in. / Width: 74.3 in.
Curb Weight: 4486 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.7 cu.ft.

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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
Steers the S6 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
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DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
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Side Barrier RatingRating
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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

2021 Audi S6

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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Audi S6 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz offers a wide variety of E-Class sedans, but the best foil for the Audi S6 is the AMG E 53. Like the S6, it's powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Both sedans offer some of the most cutting-edge technology in the class, offer strong performance, and are built to a very high quality.

Compare Audi S6 & Mercedes-Benz E-Class features 

Audi S6 vs. BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is another top competitor. 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.

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Audi S6 vs. Tesla Model S

Performance has always been a strong suit of the Model S, but it makes a stronger case for itself than ever before thanks to a steady stream of updates over the years as well as ever-improving build quality. It's quick, efficient and quiet. The S6, for its part, offers more traditional luxury appointments than the Tesla as well as better smartphone connectivity.

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FAQ

Is the Audi S6 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 S6 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.3 out of 10. 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 2021 Audi S6?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi S6:

  • 21-inch wheels with high-performance summer tires are now standard
  • Standard equipment now includes Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel
  • Minor changes to available advanced driver aids
  • Based on the fifth A6 generation introduced for 2019
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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 2021 Audi S6 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi S6 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 S6 and gave it a 8.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 S6 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi S6?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi S6 is the 2021 Audi S6 Premium Plus 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 $74,400.

Other versions include:

  • Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $74,400
  • Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $81,100
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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 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Prestige 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 2021 Audi S6

2021 Audi S6 Overview

The 2021 Audi S6 is offered in the following submodels: S6 Sedan. Available styles include Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). The 2021 Audi S6 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Audi S6 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Audi S6?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 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 2021 S6.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi S6 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 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 2021 Audi S6?

2021 Audi S6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Audi S6 Premium Plus 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 $75,445. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi S6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $9,811 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,811 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $65,634.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi S6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 13% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Audi S6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Audi S6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Audi S6 Prestige 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 $82,145. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi S6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $9,004 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,004 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $73,141.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi S6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 11% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Audi S6?

2021 Audi S6 Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
22 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2021 Audi S6 Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
22 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG22
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.9 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase115.3 in.
Length195.0 in.
Width74.3 in.
Height56.9 in.
Curb Weight4486 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi S6?

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