2017 Audi S6 Review
2017 Audi S6 Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Reviews EditorDan spent many years covering the go-fast, look-good, get-loud corners of the automotive universe. First, he served as editor of enthusiast magazines AutoSound and Honda Tuning, then as executive editor at SEMA News, the publishing arm of the trade group that produces the annual SEMA Show (yes, that show).
- Plenty of smooth, easily accessible power from the standard V8 engine
- Fuel economy is surprisingly good if you can practice restraint
- Roomy interior is finished in top-shelf materials like diamond-stitched leather, ash wood trim and aluminum accents
- You can find similar levels of power and performance for less
- Doesn't handle as well as some other sedans in the class
The 2017 Audi S6 carries over largely unchanged from last year's model. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is a welcome addition for smartphone users.
The 2017 Audi S6 is a car that pampers as well as it performs. Its handsome interior is covered in rich leather and trim, displays exemplary fit and finish, and offers sophisticated entertainment and technology. Wonderfully contoured seats keep you as comfortable on long trips as they do stable through hairpin turns. Then there's jaw-dropping acceleration from a 450-horsepower V8 engine that makes the S6 one of the fastest sport sedans we've tested.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2017 Audi S6 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $4.16 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
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S6 Premium Plus quattro
Avg. Midsize Car
For a luxury sedan that's been around for several years now, the S6 still has what it takes to compete. The addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is a welcome addition to its features list as it allows iPhone and Android users to mirror certain functions through the Audi's multimedia interface.
As luxury sport sedans go, the S6 competes mainly against the V8-powered BMW 550i. But the S6 is more powerful and handles better on twisty tarmac than its German rival. The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz AMG E43 is another close competitor that also packs nearly 400 horsepower, high-end luxury appointments, and a price tag in a similar ballpark (approximately $70,000). The Jaguar XF and Cadillac CTS V-Sport are compelling alternatives as well, but the S6 still stands out among its class as one of the most well-rounded and desirable players.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Audi S6 includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side and knee airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a blind-spot warning system, forward collision mitigation, a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors.
Rear side airbags and a night-vision system are optional, as is a sophisticated Driver Assistance package that includes an active lane departure warning/keeping system, adaptive cruise control and the Audi Pre Sense Plus collision mitigation system, which warns the driver and can automatically activate the brakes and adjust the front seats for maximum protection if a crash appears unavoidable.
In Edmunds brake testing, an S6 with 20-inch wheels and summer tires needed 111 feet to stop from 60 mph, a few feet longer than we expect of a car in this class.
In government crash tests, the Audi S6 received five out of five stars overall, with five stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side crash protection. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the similar A6 sedan its highest rating of "Good" in all of its safety tests, including the moderate and small-overlap frontal crash tests, the side-impact crash test and the roof-strength test. The A6's seat and head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.
Edmunds' Expert Rating
Does the combination of sleek lines and a powerful V8 sound like your kind of luxury sedan? Those are just a couple of the reasons why we like the 2017 Audi S6. More than just a thoroughbred, the S6 offers an interior that feels like an upscale hotel lounge, while the entertainment and safety tech are cutting-edge.
The S6's 450-horsepower output pits it against sedans like the 445-hp BMW 550i. But in our testing, its astounding acceleration shows that it's an able rival to hairier German tuner sedans like the BMW M5 (560 hp) and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S (577 hp), for thousands of dollars less.
Moreover, the engine's refinement is about as good as it gets. The same goes for the automated manual transmission, which is equally content ripping off perfect rev-matched downshifts or just loping around town.
With its quick steering response and tenacious grip, the S6 handles like a proper world-class sports car, yet its standard air suspension keeps the ride quality civilized on all surfaces. There are cars that do certain things better than the S6, but very few can match this Audi's all-around performance.
It only takes a few moments inside the 2017 Audi S6 to realize that it's something special. Highlights include a handsome dashboard layout, top-quality materials and excellent fit and finish. The standard infotainment system integrates the car's entertainment, communication and navigation functions, which are controlled through a dash-mounted pop-up screen and a dial-and-buttons cluster on the center console. The system boasts logical menus, crisp graphics and a touchpad that lets you use finger movements to spell out addresses, search your contacts list and perform swipe commands, among other tasks.
The S6 also features Audi Connect online services, including an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity, Google Earth data for the navigation system and simplified Google search functionality for points of interest. The mobile Wi-Fi allows passengers to access Web content on their mobile devices, and proves handy for getting work done on the road when there's no Starbucks in sight. The Google Earth feature is a mixed bag, however; it's a bit harder to read at a glance than a conventional map display.
Whether you keep the standard sport seats or opt for the multi-contour comfort seats, you'll enjoy excellent support on both long trips and spirited back-road runs. The S6's trunk, at 14.1 cubic feet of volume, is a little below average for this segment, but it has a useful rear seatback that folds down in a 60/40 split and includes a pass-through opening for carrying long items like skis.
2017 Audi S6 models
The 2017 Audi S6 is a high-performance version of the A6 midsize luxury sedan. It's offered in two trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige.
Standard exterior features for the Premium Plus trim include 19-inch wheels with summer tires, S-specific styling elements, automatic xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, a sunroof, heated auto-dimming power-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system and keyless ignition and entry.
Inside you'll find a driver information center with a 7-inch display between the gauges, Audi's Drive Select (which offers adjustable settings for steering, suspension and transmission response), diamond-stitched leather upholstery, heated eight-way power front sport seats (with four-way driver power lumbar), a power-adjustable flat-bottomed steering wheel, driver memory settings, four-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and 60/40 split- folding rear seatbacks.
Electronics highlights start with the MMI infotainment system, which includes a console-mounted control knob with a touchpad that can read your fingertip scribbles, a central 8-inch display, a navigation system with Google Earth maps, voice controls (including Siri Eyes Free for iOS devices) and Audi Connect (including enhanced Web-based information services, 4G LTE data connectivity and mobile Wi-Fi capability). Also standard are a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, a 14-speaker Bose surround sound audio system.
The Prestige trim adds LED headlights, a power trunk lid, a head-up display, LED interior lighting and rear sunshades (manual for the side windows, powered for the rear window). The LED headlights and rear sunshades can also be added as options to the Premium Plus.
Exclusive options for the Prestige trim include a night-vision system and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Most other options, available for either trim, are organized into packages. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control (with stop-and-go functionality), lane keeping assist, a surround-view parking camera system, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, and automatic high beams.
The Comfort Seating package features upgraded front seats with ventilation and massage functions, front passenger memory settings, and upgraded leather upholstery (sans diamond stitching).
The S6 Sport package provides dynamic steering, a torque-vectoring rear differential and a sport exhaust. The Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Black Optic package tacks on exclusive 20-inch wheels, body-color exterior mirrors (instead of the standard silver ones) and gloss-black exterior trim.
Stand-alone options include different 20-inch wheels, rear side airbags, and a selection of inlays and interior trim choices.
The 2017 S6 is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that pumps out 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters that works in concert with the standard all-wheel-drive system.
In Edmunds track testing, the S6 scorched the pavement, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, a very quick time for any class of car.
Remarkably, the S6 also earns an above-average EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/27 mpg highway).
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
2017 S6 - super fun to drive!
2017 Audi S6 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
2017 S6 Prestige Mythos black, Cold weather, handling package, driver assistance, black optic pkg. I shopped around at BMW (550xi), Maserati (Ghibli), Mercedes (E400), and Jaguar before making my decision on the 2017 Audi S6. In comparison no other car felt as athletic, well grounded, and luxurious all in the same package as the S6. The S6 is awesome, by far the most enjoyable … Audi i have ever drove or owned. I am looking for reasons to take it out (grocery store, pick up fast food, run errands, etc). The engine gives you massive hp and torque at low rpms, and the exhaust note is intoxicating, but is not overstated. The S6 has plenty of room for both front and rear passengers, and has lots of tech upgrades such as bose audio system, apple car play, google based navigation, and tons of safety features. With configurable settings for ride height, transmission, and suspension the car can go from stiff and sporty, to comfort and luxurious for longer drives. I love this car!
5 out of 5 stars
2016 Audi s6
2016 Audi S6 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
I custom ordered the car.it took 63 days,it's my first Audi and I am loving it.traded in my 2012 Acura TL 6 speed manual,all wheel drive,tech package.very happy with the dealership,Coral Springs Audi.tried to order the car from braman but they wouldn't do it and they wouldn't give me the price I wanted.the Audi s6 has the bang and Olufsen music system,sport package,black optic … package,black wood and aluminum trim,rear side airbags,black cloth headliner,all weather rubber floor mats front and rear,trunk cargo liner,wheel locks,cargo box,prestige trim.florret silver,black interior.,cargo net.i have had the car 6 months and I can't believe how great this car drives.the power on demand the luxury how this car rides if you have the means buy this car it is so much fun to drive.its now been one year that I bought this car.its the best car I have ever owned.only 2 negatives I have about the car.one is I am only able to rip77 cd to the hard drive.the car only has 10 giga bytes for cd.the other negative is the indivual tire psi is not displayed.thats it for the negative.i love this car if you are able buy one before they do away with the v8 engine.its the best sleeper muscle car.no problems at all with the car.i had my 5000 mile service and 3000 miles later I had to add three quarters of a quart of oil.thats it the car has been a dream to own and drive.edmunds ask me to update my review.well I have 14500 miles on the car and I am still in love with this car.i have to add half a quart of oil every 2200 miles approximately.i drove this car from West Palm Beach to Alpharetta ga. And back beautiful drive 80 miles an hour.a great cruiseing car.nine hour drive.so far I am still very happy with this car.so much fun to drive.the power and the whole package of this car.it blows me away.on the Georgia trip I average 25 miles to the gallon.not bad going 80 miles an hour.edmunds wants me to update my review.its been 2 years of ownership and I am still in love with this car.what can I say that hasn’t been already said.the car just blows me away every time I drive it.if you have the means buy this car you will love the power,luxury ,the quality of the materials.how it handles.i always have a smile on my face when driving this beautiful car.it is just superb to drive.
5 out of 5 stars
2016 Audi S6 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
This car is worth every dollar... and you will pay for the privilege. Extremely comfortable, fast, quiet inside, great exhaust note on the outside. Fully adjustable steering, transmission, engine response, exhaust volume, wonderful stereo. This thing is built like a tank, but dances like a ballerina. The unaware would be very unwise to challenge you at the stoplight. Update - Even … more impressed on long road trips and handling in the snow, including almost 30mpg at 70mph. Continues to be supremely fast, comfortable and capable.
3 out of 5 stars
Great car, horrendous repairs and maintenance
2013 Audi S6 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
I purchased this car with approximately 40,000 miles on it and by 60,000 it needed over $4,000 dollars in repairs. At 50,000 miles the "check coolant" message appeared every day until a visit to the dealer revealed that a new water pump was needed at around $2,000 with labor. Not 5,000 miles later the engine developed a high pitch squeal at idle. The remedy for that was a costly repair … to the high pressure oil system. Throughout the ownership of the car a clunking noise could be heard from the passenger footwell over every bump. This was never actually solved but was believed to be the front drive shaft and was replaced. Granted the dealership sympathized with me over the problems I was having and had Audi cover the cost. The adaptive cruise control went out of calibration several times and disabled the cruise until a $400 calibration was completed. Besides from the mechanical issues several interior rattles showed up in quick succession. Maintenance costs were as expected for oil changes but in order to perform the 75,000 mile service the entire front end would have had to be disassembled adding up to a $2,000 plus charge. All that aside the car itself was fantastic. The engine sounded rich and the acceleration was insane. The interior looked premium and the quilted seats were gorgeous. The exterior of the car had just the right blend of sport and luxury. All in all the dealer was exceptional and I would recommend the car if you don't mind the high maintenance and repair costs.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2017 Audi S6, so we've included reviews for other years of the S6 since its last redesign.
Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 18 City / 27 Hwy / 21 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.8 gal. capacity
- 5 seats
- Type: all wheel drive
- Transmission: 7-speed automated manual
- V8 cylinder
- Horsepower: 450 hp
- Basic Warranty
- 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
- Length: 194.4 in. / Height: 56.8 in.
- Overall Width with Mirrors: 82.1 in.
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 73.8 in.
- Curb Weight: 4486 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.1 cu.ft.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover5 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover9%
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Used 2017 Audi S6 Overview
The Used 2017 Audi S6 is offered in the following submodels: S6 Sedan. Available styles include Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM), and Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM). The Used 2017 Audi S6 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The Used 2017 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's a good price on a Used 2017 Audi S6?
Price comparisons for Used 2017 Audi S6 trim styles:
- The Used 2017 Audi S6 Premium Plus quattro is priced between $33,795 and$40,999 with odometer readings between 33790 and104351 miles.
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