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MPG 21 City / 30 Highway
  • Confidence-inspiring driving dynamic
  • Excellent power and torque
  • Rear seat folds
  • Solid driving feel
  • Handling a bit touchy
  • Navigation system dated
In order to keep pace with the competition, Audi unveiled an all-new A6 for the 2012 model year. With sharp, aggressive styling and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder as the base motor, it shook up the midsize luxury landscape. Also found in the A4 and A5, the turbo four makes 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.


For 2013, Audi has added a quattro variant of the 2.0T-powered A6. Coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, this all-wheel-drive Bahn-burner will return up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The front-wheel-drive 2.0T-powered A6 makes do with a continuously-variable transmission, and is rated at 33 highway miles per gallon. The quattro-only A6 3.0T sacrifices a couple miles per gallon across the board to the 2.0T quattro, but its supercharged V6 churns out 310 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque.

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Inside, Audi brings its A-game. Walnut trim is standard fare in the sumptuous yet understated cabin, but ash, oak, and brushed aluminum are on offer. Delicate, sculpted-looking tweeters pop up from the corners of the dash when you fire up the radio. Ten speakers come standard, with 14-speaker Bose or 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound optional. Technologically advanced driver aids and infotainment have been critical components of Audi’s success in the 21st century, and the A6 has an array of standard and optional goodies. Audi connect and MMI, now with Google maps, are available. So are four corner-mounted parking cameras. Optional adaptive cruise control takes the strain out of rush-hour traffic.

Competitors include the Mercedes E-350, which has a larger trunk, a big V6, and rear-wheel drive performance, but is quite a bit more expensive and can’t match the front-drive A6 2.0T’s fuel efficiency; the BMW 5-series, which is closer in price, and also uses 4-cylinder power for the base model, but has 1.3 inches less rear legroom; the Lexus IS, with a whopping 6.8 inches less rear leg room but decidedly sportier styling and high-revving naturally aspirated V6 power for the base model; and the Chrysler 300C Luxury, an American luxury classic, with the new Pentastar V6 as standard that almost matches the base A6’s turbo four for highway fuel economy, and a new interior—but don’t expect Audi build quality or features.

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2013 Audi A6 2.0T Premium

Recommended for: Those who want the luxury trimmings with the best fuel economy possible.

New for 2013, the 2.0T can be had with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system, coupled to the same eight-speed automatic as the 3.0T. Both the front-drive 2.0T and the quattro variant are offered in Premium and Premium Plus trim. Premium is the base trim (if “base” is even the right word), and includes a glass sunroof, three-zone climate control, mp3 player connectivity, Sirius XM satellite radio, keyless start, and 17-inch alloy wheels in each corner. Plunk down the extra $4,300 for Premium Plus, and you can expect 18-inch alloys, xenon headlights, sat nav, Audi’s “Jukebox” mobile music library, and a rearview camera, to name just a few.

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2013 Audi A6 3.0T Premium

Recommended for: Those who want more power with a small sacrifice in fuel economy.

325 lb-ft of torque is really more than anyone could ever need unless they drive a log truck up and down mountains all day, but the A6 3.0T has it. It’s offered in Premium and Premium Plus, just like the 2.0T, but if you go for the supercharged six, there is also the $6,550 Prestige package. Outwardly, Prestige adds Audi’s tasteful but menacing S-Line trim, giving the whole front end more of a scowl and the rear a racier look. Inside is a Bose sound system, ventilated front seats, and four-zone climate control. Even so, most of Audi’s most impressive gadgetry is optional on an individual basis: lane assist, night vision, a head-up display, and extra cameras are all, well, extra.

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