2016 Audi A6

Pros: Availability of refined diesel model; impeccable interior materials; fine all-around build quality; quick acceleration with supercharged V6

Cons: Some complicated controls; prices escalate quickly as options are added; rear seat not as spacious as exterior size would suggest

CG Says: The 2016 Audi A6 has revised front and rear styling. The drivetrains are also changed. The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder sees horsepower increase from 220 to 252. The continuously-variable transmission (CVT) transmission of the front-wheel drive 4-cylinder model is replaced by a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 also has more horsepower with a boost from 310 to 333. The turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 of the S6 gains 30 horsepower for a total of 450. The EPA estimates for the S6 are 18 mpg city and 27 highway. The A6 excels for its high levels of polish and sophistication that strikes a nice blend between the performance-oriented BMW 5-Series and coddling Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The S6 version adds V8 power. First-rate interior accommodations and a remarkably hushed cabin add to the experience. We also applaud the refined, fuel-efficient TDI diesel model. However, the A6’s rear-seat room is less than impressive, and reasonable base prices quickly skyrocket as you add expensive standalone and packaged options. Unfortunately, some of the more desirable luxury and convenience items will force you into the high-end 3.0T model. Still, for those with the means to acquire such a vehicle, the A6 is an extremely appealing premium-midsize sedan.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacturer Germany
Base Prices 2WD A6 2.0T Premium: $46,200
AWD A6 2.0T Premium: $48,400
AWD A6 3.0T Premium Plus: $57,400
AWD A6 3.0 TDI Premium Plus: $59,500
AWD S6 4.0T Premium Plus: $70,900

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
252
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic (AWD)
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-35

Optional Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
333
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
38

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