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2021 Audi A6

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2021 45 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan
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Price:   -  From $54,900
2021 45 Sport Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $54,900
2021 55 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $59,800
2021 Allroad 3.0T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro Wagon Price:   -  From $65,900
2021 S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sedan Price:   -  From $74,400
2021 RS 6 Avant 4.0T 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro Wagon Price:   -  From $109,000
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3.6 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

The midsize 2021 Audi A6 gets more standard features. The base model now comes with 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, and an integrated toll payment module, while the Premium Plus trim gets adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. Lastly, there’s a new Black Optic Sport package that brings a sport suspension, 20-inch bi-color wheels, and black exterior accents.

Choosing Your Audi A6

The A6 is offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Pricing starts at $55,945 including destination for the base Premium and goes up to $70,545 for the Prestige.

There's also the A6 allroad wagon to choose, which comes in Premium Plus and Prestige guise.

Engine Choices

Audi offers two engines with the A6 lineup. The Premium and Premium Plus sedan come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine Audi calls 45 TFSI. The Prestige sedan and both allroad models get the 55 TFSI 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder standard, while it's available on the lower two sedans for $4,900.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder248 hp273 lb-ft26 mpg
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder335 hp369 lb-ft24 mpg

Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are standard.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The A6 sedan can seat five passengers and offers a larger trunk than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series, capable of holding 13.7 cubic feet of cargo.

If you’re looking for more cargo capacity, the A6 allroad is the obvious choice, as it can hold 30 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row. Audi doesn’t offer a total cargo capacity figure for the A6 allroad.

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Safety Features

Every A6 comes with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Audi’s pre sense front system that prepares the vehicle if a potential collision is imminent is also included.

The Premium Plus trim upgrades massively to include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera system. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available on the base model through the $1,500 Convenience package.

Strangely, the allroad Premium Plus doesn't get adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, or rear cross-traffic alert standard. They require the Executive package, which also includes many convenience features for $3,250, or the $500 Audi Side Assist Package.

Connectivity

A two-touchscreen layout in the A6 means an 8.8-inch upper display controls infotainment while the 8.6-inch lower unit handles other vehicle functions. A 7-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included.

Moving up to the Premium Plus brings a 10.1-inch upper touchscreen, a wireless charging pad, a Bang and Olufsen surround sound audio system, and a 12.3-inch instrument cluster. The larger touchscreen and wireless charger are available on the Premium through the aforementioned Convenience package.

The Prestige trim brings a head-up display as standard.

Audi A6

Premium - From $55,945

The Premium may be the entry-level trim, but it’s hardly missing any major features. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights and taillights, and 19-inch wheels are standard.

The $1,500 Convenience package is the major one available for the base trim, and it's certainly worth the upgrade. It adds the 10.1-inch touchscreen, surround-view camera, 12.3-inch gauge cluster, wireless phone charger, a heated steering wheel, and blind-spot monitoring.

Premium Plus - From $59,845

The Premium Plus trim brings a high-end Bang and Olufsen audio system, Matrix-design LED headlights, and a headlight washer system as standard. This in addition to the adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, surround-view camera, 12.3-inch driver information display, 10.1-inch touchscreen, and wireless phone charger.

The available Executive package ($2,250) adds four-zone automatic climate control, a power trunk lid, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and ambient interior lighting.

Prestige - From $70,545

The range-topping Prestige trim adds soft-closing doors, four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power open and close trunk, and the head-up display.

The Luxury package ($2,850) is unique to the Prestige trim, bringing Valcona and Milano leather upholstery, 18-way power front seats with massage functionality, and a power rear window sunshade.

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CarsDirect Tip

Of the 2021 Audi A6 body styles, we prefer the allroad, though consumers aren’t very interested in wagons anymore. We recommend the Premium Plus trim with the available Executive package. Luxurious, high-tech, and supremely comfortable, that configuration should be the sweet spot for the majority of consumers.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Lovely interior
  • Excellent optional V6
  • Composed handling
Cons
  • Conservative styling
  • Small trunk
  • Tepid base engine
Expert Rating
3.6 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Not-so-middling midsize sedan. If there has ever been a car where there's more to it than meets the eye, it's the 2021 Audi A6. The A6 is a mid-size luxury sedan in the vein of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but don't be quick to write it off as just another German sausage.

It might look demure, but underneath the familiar Audi sheetmetal lies a sedan that's quick, composed, and impressively high quality.

Did we mention there's also a wagon – nay, two wagons – available? The A6 allroad again returns to give fans of the body style a high-class option in which to tackle dirt roads and mountain passes.

The bigger news surrounds the all-new RS 6 Avant: 2021 marks the first time this high-performance model will be available on our shores. This barnstormer of a station wagon makes nearly 600 horsepower and has the cargo space of an Audi Q8. We'll be covering this model in a separate article.

Performance aplenty. Most A6 models are powered by a pleasant but tepid 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

This engine isn't the fastest, nor the most refined. The EPA rates it for 27 miles per gallon combined, earning it the title of most efficient engine in the lineup. For those who aren't keen on spending a lot of money, this turbo-four will be perfectly adequate.

A better option, though, is the 3.0-liter turbo V6. The power output here is a very respectable 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This matches the six-cylinder BMW 540i to a tee for horsepower, but both fall shy of the 362-hp Mercedes E 450.

Comparisons aside, the V6 is the best match for the A6. The car never feels weak-chested, the fuel economy is rated for a decent 24 mpg in the combined cycle, and the $4,900 upcharge won't break the break. If you can afford to finance another $5,000, this engine is worth it.

Out on the road, the A6 is largely unflappable. There's stability for days, which can at least be partially credited to the standard quattro all-wheel-drive system. Cornering behavior is composed, but you'll need an Audi S6 if you want to get excited about running along twisty roads.

Adaptive dampers are available that smother bumps and can firm up the base suspension, which might be perfectly tuned for some but a bit too soft for others. There are wheels available that are up to 21 inches in diameter, but they don't much affect the quality of the ride even at that size.


Audi A6

Restrained opulence. The big three German luxury automakers have each staked out their own corner when it comes to design: Mercedes is flash, BMW is minimalist, and Audi sits somewhere in the middle ground, eschewing opulence but not to the point of being spartan. It's a subtle, restrained sort of luxury that marks the Audi ethos.

This is the most apparent from the styling of the A6. On first glance, it's almost too conservative; look a little longer, and the details begin to surface, such as the taut body sides, tastefully bulging fenders, and the heavily creased character lines over the front and rear fenders.

If there's anything holding the A6 back stylistically, it's the roofline, which is a tragically dull swoop from the front side mirror to the trunklid. The more formal Mercedes and the BMW with its famous Hofmiester kink do a better job of distinguishing themselves in profile view.

Smart, techy interior. Unlike the modest exterior, the cabin of the A6 doesn't struggle to impress. While it might not match the Mercedes for glamour, the Audi is more effortlessly cool in how it uses wood, metal trim, and leather to decorate the interior. Only a cursory glance is needed to know it's hip, functional, and high-quality.

What might leave some shoppers cold is the dual-touchscreen affair. The smaller, 8.6-inch lower screen handles climate control duty, while the top 8.8-inch screen does infotainment. There's a learning curve associated with the system, and fiddling with the touchscreens while driving might not be the safest or most intuitive thing to do. Compared to some other luxury cars, though, the system is decent, especially if you limit usage to when the sedan is stationary.

The list of tech doesn't end with the two touchscreens. There's standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation, and numerous active safety features like automatic emergency braking. Optional equipment includes an all-digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch upper touchscreen, a surround-view camera, and matrix LED headlights.

The front seats in the A6 are all-day comfortable, and they come standard with heating, leather upholstery, and power adjustment. Quilted leather is available that provides a luxurious look.

The back seat is also a fine place to spend time in. Its 37 inches of leg room trumps both the E-Class and 5-Series, but falls a bit short of the new Cadillac CT5.

The biggest demerit against the A6 is its small trunk, which can fit just 13.7 cubic feet of cargo. The A6 allroad remedies this, however, with its 30 cubic feet of space behind the second row.

Final thoughts. Few cars are as well-rounded as the 2021 Audi A6. There's four- and six-cylinder engine options, two different body styles, and multiple trim levels. It rivals the E-Class for breadth of choice, and also for its overall excellence. Outside a few small quibbles, the A6 gives us hardly anything to complain about.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 248 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 7-spd S tronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time Quattro Ultra All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 248 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time Quattro Ultra All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$74
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
194.4 "
Exterior Width
74.3 "
Exterior Height
57.4 "
Front Headroom
38.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 "
Front Legroom
41.3 "
Rear Legroom
37.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,101 Lbs.
Wheel Base
115 "
Turning Radius
19.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined 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 / Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel
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
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 16 Bang & Olufsen 3d Premium
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
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 Front Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Audi Active Lane Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Audi Pre Sense City Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Audi Parking System Plus Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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