Until recent years, buyers didn't necessarily cross-shop the A6 when they test drove midsize Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs. That's no longer true. And for good reason-- the luxury and style of the A6 reflect the automaker's newfound vigor and upmarket aspirations.
Audi's midsize range now has an optional 3-liter turbo-diesel V6. Power from the standard 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder increases to 220 horsepower. The A6 also enjoys the addition of a new Premium Plus trim level.
The fourth-generation A6 is elegant but conservative, especially when compared to the flashier A7 with which it shares a platform. The well-crafted interior is awash in high-quality wood, chrome and leather. The A6 also comes with a slew of standard high-tech and convenience features.
Under the Hood
The base model's turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 220 horsepower and returns fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. An optional 3-liter turbo-diesel six-cylinder engine produces 240 horsepower and delivers a stingy 38 mpg highway. For a bit more kick, A6 buyers may opt for the 310-horsepower 3-liter supercharged six-cylinder engine. All engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission; Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive comes standard with both sixes, and is optional on the four.
The A6 lineup doesn't dazzle in terms of tire-smoking performance. But it does offer a superb blend of respectable power and excellent economy. For many buyers in this segment, the A6 is just right.
The A6 comes with halogen headlamps, leather seats, a 10-speaker sound system with MP3 playback, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, interior inlays, a sunroof, power seats, heated front seats, and driver seat memory as standard features. There's a turbocharged 220-horsepower four-cylinder engine. With front-wheel drive, the A6 features a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The 3.0 TDI adds xenon headlights with LED running lights; Audi Navigation with voice control and handwriting recognition; keyless entry and start; front and rear parking sensors; and a rearview camera. A 3-liter turbodiesel engine makes 240 horsepower and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive is also standard.
The top-of-the-line 3.0L T adds adaptive xenon headlights, all S-Line exterior features, and a host of safety upgrades. Other enhancements include four-zone climate control; perforated leather upholstery; 12-way ventilated power front seats with 4-way lumbar support; and a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system with noise cancellation. Under the hood is a supercharged 310-horsepower six-cylinder engine.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Audi A6$43,880 | 14,709 mi
2013 Audi A6$45,988 | 12,012 mi
2013 Audi A6$49,994 | 13,702 mi
2013 Audi A6$56,000 | 8,597 mi
2013 Audi A6$60,988 | 8,944 mi
2013 Audi A6$60,988 | 5,495 mi
2013 Audi A6$60,988 | 4,388 mi
2012 Audi A6$46,888 | 13,393 mi
2012 Audi A6$47,988 | 29,336 mi
2011 AUDI A6$32,494 | 59,166 mi
2011 Audi A6$37,891 | 39,548 mi
2011 Audi A6$39,988 | 23,039 mi
2010 Audi A6$31,988 | 40,056 mi
2009 Audi A6$25,995 | 87,885 mi
2006 AUDI A6$12,975 | 116,213 mi
2006 Audi A6$12,999 | 113,313 mi
2006 Audi A6$16,995 | 80,231 mi
2005 Audi A6$12,900 | 115,084 mi
2005 Audi A6$14,995 | 94,469 mi
2003 Audi A6$7,350 | 108,623 mi
2002 Audi A6$5,791 | 149,963 mi
2002 Audi A6$6,995 | 168,802 mi
2002 Audi A6$8,971 | 79,042 mi
2001 Audi A6$6,995 | 116,760 mi
2001 Audi A6$7,499 | 121,020 mi
2000 Audi A6$7,999 | 133,621 mi
1999 Audi A6$6,488 | 186,719 mi
1998 Audi A6$5,995 | 157,402 mi
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