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|
2014 Audi A6$45,883 | 3,499 mi
2014 Audi A6$45,927 | 6,727 mi
2014 Audi A6$46,642 | 5,653 mi
2014 Audi A6$46,839 | 3,579 mi
2014 Audi A6$46,925 | 5,221 mi
2014 Audi A6$46,943 | 5,076 mi
2014 Audi A6$47,266 | 3,717 mi
2014 Audi A6$47,384 | 4,453 mi
2014 Audi A6$47,991 | 3,272 mi
2013 Audi A6$43,997 | 26,120 mi
2013 Audi A6$48,838 | 7,438 mi
2013 Audi A6$50,921 | 4,124 mi
2012 Audi A6$39,991 | 39,367 mi
2012 Audi A6$39,991 | 20,394 mi
2011 Audi A6$29,800 | 47,391 mi
2011 Audi A6$31,950 | 42,630 mi
2011 Audi A6$35,991 | 31,301 mi
2011 Audi A6$39,991 | 52,481 mi
2010 Audi A6$25,995 | 42,715 mi
2010 Audi A6$26,492 | 56,188 mi
2009 Audi A6$19,480 | 83,925 mi
2009 Audi A6$21,750 | 91,664 mi
2009 Audi A6$29,995 | 28,844 mi
2008 Audi A6$16,595 | 94,676 mi
2008 Audi A6$17,896 | 73,173 mi
2008 Audi A6$17,997 | 78,131 mi
2008 Audi A6$21,112 | 55,060 mi
2004 Audi A6$7,995 | 119,422 mi
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