The luxury sports sedan market is chock-full with upscale German metal from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Audi. The latter has its iconic S6 sedan that bolts an untamed V8 to its luxurious mid-size sedan. The 2018 Audi S6’s performance per dollar is unmatched, and its cabin is as upscale as they come, but its exterior is getting a little rusty with age. Can the S6’s great pricing, performance, and comfortable interior overcome its so-last-year duds? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2018 Audi S6 is available in a pair of trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige, and both are well-sorted. But the Premium Plus trim offers plenty of standard features, making it the better value of the two. These features include 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, an adaptive suspension, navigation, and more. If you buy this sports sedan, you might as well embrace its sportiness with the optional S Sport package that adds a few visual touches to the S6 and enhances its steering system for better control.

  • Model: 2018 Audi S6 Premium Plus
  • Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8
  • Output: 450 hp / 406 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 16 City / 24 Hwy
  • Options: S Sport Package ($3,900, Audi Dynamic Steering, Quattro sport rear differential, red brake calipers, sport exhaust with black tips)
  • Base Price: $72,875 (including a $975 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $76,775

Performance

Audi S6

The 2018 Audi S6 offers performance that few can match in its price range as its 4.0-liter V8 with 450 horsepower sprints this sedan to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Plus, with its standard all-wheel drive, the S6 offers great traction that buyers can further enhance with the sport rear differential in the S Sport Package.

The S6’s tight suspension delivers responsive handling in the corners, and the engine is set deep in the engine compartment to deliver a more balanced weight ratio.

While it handles well, the S6 is nearly two tons of metal and leather, making it a bit of a pig if you approach a turn with too much speed. Also, its steering is quick to respond but also very light, making it too easy to overcorrect yourself.

Style

Audi’s classic and timeless style is clear in the S6, and the German design team kept things toned down despite its great performance.

The S6 wows on the inside, with a cabin that's roomy and filled with premium materials and carbon-fiber touches that add to its sportiness. While it falls short of the BMW 5-Series in trunk space, its 14.1 cubic feet of space is plenty for a road trip.

While Audi’s old design language aged well over the years, it's getting tired. Sure, the sleeper look is cool, but the 2018 S6 shows almost no attitude.

The Best and Worst Things

The S6 pulls off the impossible by offering great performance and tons of luxury at a price point its competitors cannot touch.

That said, its design language is incredibly old and is wearing on buyers and enthusiasts alike.

Right For? Wrong For?

Audi S6

The S6 is the perfect choice for an executive who wants performance and luxury but prefers the sleeper look.

Those looking for the latest in style will find the S6 boring.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Audi S6 is a great balance of a performance powertrain and luxurious appointments that's unmatched dollar for dollar. But, its aging looks leave buyers desiring a redesign. Fortunately, we should see this new look in 2019 or 2020.