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2018 Audi A6

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2018 2.0T Premium 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $49,700
2018 2.0T Sport 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $51,200
2018 2.0T Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $51,900
2018 2.0T Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $53,400
2018 3.0T Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $56,500
2018 3.0T Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $58,000
2018 S6 4.0T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $71,900

Overview

With resurgent competition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, it might be easy to write off the long-in-the-tooth Audi A6. But don't tell Audi that, as the German brand has introduced a few small updates for 2018 designed to keep this executive sedan fresh until the next generation arrives.

What's New for 2018

Audi's MMI navigation and infotainment system and passive entry are standard on all the variants for 2018. The mid-range Premium Plus trim now gets LED headlights and ambient lighting, while the Prestige variant includes a surround-view camera.

Audi discontinued the A6's Competition trim, converting it into a $3,000 package for V6-powered models. The pack includes black side-view mirror housings, red brake calipers, 20-inch wheels, a sport suspension and differential, a different steering-wheel design, and a black headliner.

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Choosing Your Audi A6

The entry-level A6 continues with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic gearbox sends the power to the front wheels. The Quattro all-wheel drive system, with an eight-speed automatic transmission, is an optional (and recommended) feature. Fuel economy is 25 miles per gallon in city, 34 highway, 28 mpg combined for FWD model and 22/31/26 mpg for AWD.

For more performance, customers can opt for a 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, allowing the A6 to hit 60 in just over five seconds. The eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard. Look for an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 29 highway, and 23 mpg combined.

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Premium

The A6 Premium is offered with the 2.0-liter engine only. The FWD model starts at $50,675, while the AWD version costs $52,875. Features include xenon headlights with LED running lights, 18-inch wheels, three-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a memory function for driver seat, sunroof, cruise control, passive entry with push-button start, and a seven-inch MMI infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Regarding the options, we suggest the Sport Pack ($1,050), which adds 19-inch wheels, sport suspension and black headliner and the Cold Weather Pack ($500), which adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. There's also a Black Optic package that adds lots of gloss-black trim and black wheels in 19- or 20-inch diameters.

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Premium Plus

The A6 Premium Plus has three possible configurations – 2.0 TFSI with front-wheel drive, retailing at $52,875, 2.0 TFSI with Quattro all-wheel drive, costing $55,075, and the 3.0, supercharged example, priced at $59,675.

Regardless of the variant you pick, the Premium Plus gets all the components of the Premium trim plus full LED headlights, four-zone climate control, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, blind-spot monitoring, and ambient lighting.

In addition to the Cold Weather and Sport packs, you should also check out the $2,000 Driver Assistance Package, which adds items such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist system, front collision warning with automatic braking and automatic headlights. The aforementioned Competition Package, available on the V6-powered model only, will set you back $3,000.

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Prestige

The A6 Prestige is priced at $62,375 and comes standard with the V6 engine. Features include those on the lower variants plus a head-up display, an eight-way adjustable driver seat with four-way lumbar support, a top-view camera, and power-operated tailgate.

The optional packages are similar to the Premium Plus trim. However, there’s also a $3,350 Comfort Seating Package, which includes memory function for the passenger seat, ventilated front seats with massage, and luxurious Valcona leather upholstery. It's worth the expense if you're regularly putting in long drives.

CarsDirect Tip

The entry-level A6 is well-equipped and our ideal pick as long you don’t mind the 2.0-liter engine. While the features on the Premium Plus and Prestige trims are appealing, the reality is that the price is too good to ignore. Plan on adding extra for Quattro all-wheel drive, especially if you regularly drive in the snow and ice.

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Eight years into its fourth generation, the 2018 Audi A6 remains a solid contender in the luxury mid-size class. But its sleek design, intelligent interior, and good powertrain options are offset by a top trim that competes with the slicker A7, a tight back seat, and the lack of a hybrid model.

Best Value

2018 Audi A6 models range in price from $50,675 for one with front-wheel drive in Premium trim and can top out at over $71,000 for a fully-optioned Prestige quattro (all-wheel-drive) model. While the Prestige is equipped with a 340-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6; a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is standard on all other trims. We'd forego the $4,600 premium for the V6, but pick the quattro drivetrain for all-season peace of mind and opt for the Premium Plus trim with its access to advanced safety features.

In addition to the Premium model's navigation system, active park assist, rearview camera, and 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, the Premium Plus adds full LED headlights, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, blind-spot monitoring, rear collision mitigation, four-zone automatic climate control, and a Bose sound system.

  • Model: 2018 Audi A6 Premium Plus quattro
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 252 hp / 273 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
  • Options: Tornado Gray Metallic ($575), Cold weather package ($500, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel), Driver assistance package ($2,000, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams), Rear Side Airbags ($350).
  • Base Price: $55,075 (including a $975 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$58,500

Performance

Audi A6

Both the turbocharged four-cylinder and supercharged V6 engines offer plenty of power. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic found on front-wheel-drive models is a big improvement over the previous CVT, while the eight-speed automatic found on quattro models is adept at finding, holding, and swapping gears with ease.

Although the ride is smooth, competitors have caught up with – and, in many cases surpassed – the A6 in this department. At the same time, handling is solid but it lacks the feedback found in the sportier and more powerful S6 model. The A6's powertrain choices, though good, don't include a hybrid.

Style

The A6's subtle, handsome exterior has aged well despite receiving only a single refresh in eight years. Inside, an understated color palette, an elegant low dash, and a pop-up touchscreen keep it from looking too fussy.

At the same time, three adults will find accommodations tight in back, while the A6 looks dated alongside the newer A4 and its sexy alter-ego, the A7, comes with a hefty price premium.

The Best and Worst Things

The A6's combination of conservative good looks and variety of drivetrain choices make it a solid competitor in the mid-size luxury class. At the same time, it faces competition from newer models with more expressive designs and better ride and handling characteristics.

Right For? Wrong For?

Audi A6

The A6 is a great choice for luxury-minded families thanks to its 98 cubic feet of passenger volume, 16 cubic feet of trunk space, wide range of available active safety features, and the option of all-wheel drive.

Despite a range of engine and drivetrain choices, the A6 isn't available as a hybrid. Eco-friendly buyers need not apply.

The Bottom Line

Despite its conservative design and tight rear accommodations, the 2018 Audi A6 is a solid choice in the mid-size luxury class thanks to its smooth ride, elegant interior, and solid engine and drivetrain options.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 252 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Transmission
S tronic 7-spd S tronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 252 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$76
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
97 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
194.2 "
Exterior Width
73.8 "
Exterior Height
57.8 "
Front Headroom
37.2 "
Rear Headroom
37.8 "
Front Legroom
41.3 "
Rear Legroom
37.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,858 Lbs.
Wheel Base
115 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Painted Aluminum / 20.0 " Painted Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 14 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Audi Pre Sense Basic Forward Collision Warning / Forward Collision Mitigation / Audi Pre Sense Plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iii
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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