2017 Audi A6

Pros: 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: Audi A6 drops its diesel engine and gains a new sport model for 2017. The new A6 3.0T competition combines the luxury features of the top-level Prestige model with a slightly more powerful V6 engine, sport interior trim, and sport suspension. Front and rear parking sensors, along with rearview camera, are now standard on all models. A6 and performance S6 are premium midsize sedans. The A6 2.0T is powered by a 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. 2.0T has a 7-speed automated-manual transmission with front-wheel drive or an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. 3.0T models have a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that is rated at 333 hp, except in the 3.0T competition model where it develops 340 hp. All 3.0T models have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive S6 packs a 450-hp turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 mated to an 7-speed automated manual. Available features for A6 and S6 include blind-spot alert, surround-view camera, head-up instrument display, and adaptive cruise control. The A6 and S6 excel for their high levels of polish and sophistication that strikes a nice blend between the performance-oriented BMW 5-Series and coddling Mercedes-Benz E-Class. First-rate interior accommodations and a remarkably hushed cabin add to the experience. However, 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, A6 and S6 are extremely appealing premium-midsize sedans.

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: $46,600
AWD A6 2.0T Premium: $49,800
AWD A6 3.0T Premium Plus: $58,600
AWD A6 3.0T Prestige: $61,600
AWD A6 3.0T competition: $67,600
AWD S6 4.0T Premium Plus: $70,900
AWD S6 4.0T Prestige: $74,100

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (A6 2.0T)
Horsepower
252
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic (AWD)
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-34

Optional Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (A6 3.0T)
Horsepower
333 (340 3.0T competition)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (S6)
Horsepower
450
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24