Patrick Frawley
Automotive Editor - August 18, 2016

2017 Audi A6 OVERVIEW

The Audi A6 makes a strong case for itself as the definitive modern midsize luxury car. Its blend of clean design rendered in high-grade materials, deep safety and connectivity technology, and well-balanced driving characteristics fulfills every contemporary market demand—and does so with a sense of completeness and harmony that sets it at the top of its class.

What's New for 2017

A new Competition trim line sharpens the A6 without pushing it into full S6 territory. For the Prestige, Prestige Plus and Premium lines changes are minor; smartphone connectivity is enhanced and a few S line cosmetic flourishes are made standard. The diesel powerplant that was available at the very beginning of last model year has of course been shelved and Audi would appreciate everyone not talking about it just right now, thank you.

Choosing Your Audi A6

Every A6 starts with a high-strength steel structure cloaked in aluminum body panels and fitted with an impeccably tasteful interior made from top-quality materials. Standard equipment includes power-adjustable heated leather seats, three-zone climate control, Audi's MMI infotainment system with SiriusXM satellite radio, and a sunroof. Available options across the line include an S line sport package with stiffer suspension tuning and 19-inch wheels and a cold-weather package which adds heating elements to the steering wheel and rear seats.

The A6 is available in four trim levels:


The Premium starts at $47,600 and is powered by a turbocharged 252-horsepower inline-four. Drive is sent to either the front wheels through a dual-clutch semiautomatic transmission or, for an additional $2200, all four wheels via a traditional eight-speed automatic and quattro all-wheel drive. The sound system is operated through a five-inch touchscreen. A Technology package which upgrades MMI to include navigation and other features is available.

Premium Plus

Selecting an A6 Premium Plus also involves choosing between the turbo inline-four and either front- or all-wheel drive (base price $51,600 and $53,800, respectively) or a 333-horsepower supercharged V6 with the automatic/quattro driveline ($58,600). MMI now incorporates the Technology package. A Bose sound system with no fewer than 14 speakers is available, as is a Driver Assistance package with radar cruise control and lane assist.


The Prestige automatically gets the V6 and quattro. The LED headlights, ventilated seats, and Bose stereo are made standard and a heads-up display is added. Driver Assistance, infrared night-vision sensors, and a Bang & Olufsen stereo with approximately the power of a thunderstorm are optional. Asking price for an A6 Prestige starts at $61,600.


The Competition trim line is new for 2017. A Competition A6 is essentially a Prestige which has benefited from sessions with a personal trainer. In return for an asking price of $67,600 power is up slightly to 340 horsepower and one of Audi's sophisticated sport differentials is installed between the rear axles. Twenty-inch wheels are mounted over red brake calipers. The interior is dressed in diamond-stitch leather upholstery and shift paddles are added to the steering column.

CarsDirect Tip

The A6 Competition tries to split the difference between a regular A6 with the S line Sport package and the 450-horsepower S6, and in doing so finds itself in a very narrow place; serious drivers need to weigh all three before committing. For most owners the Premium Plus with the V6/quattro drivetrain is the ideal combination of dignified luxury and serious cross-country touring capability at a fair price.

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