Choosing Your Audi A6, A6 Allroad, S6, RS 6 AVANT
The Audi A6 is available in three trim levels across its various models; Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The mid-size platform ranges from the sedan’s Premium trim, starting at $56,945, and reaches upwards to the RS 6 Avant, which starts at $117,545. The A6 Allroad and S6 start off at the Premium Plus level and the RS 6 Avant simply doesn’t need to be tied to any trim level designation.
The A6 sedan offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, designated the 45 TFSI, that produces 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
The optional ($3,900) 55 TFSI 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine (standard on the A6 Allroad) produces 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and is equipped with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The S6 reworks that 3.0-liter to produce 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque and is fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the lesser engines’ seven-speed unit.
The RS 6 Avant is fitted with a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 that boasts 591 peak hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is, understandably and thankfully, standard across the lineup.
As expected, the fuel economy ratings vary with the power outputs. The 45 TFSI earns an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon combined, the 55 TFSI lowers that by two points, and the S6 lowers that by a further two points to 22 mpg. The RS 6 Avant scores 17 mpg combined.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|45 TFSI||261 hp||273 lb-ft||26 mpg|
|55 TFSI (A6-Allroad)||335 hp||369 lb-ft||24 mpg|
|55 TFSI (S6)||444 hp||443 lb-ft||22 mpg|
|V8||591 hp||590 lb-ft||17 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The A6 stretches to 194.4 inches in length and rides on a 115.1-inch wheelbase. Rear seat passengers are afforded 37.4 inches of legroom and there are 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space which can be expanded with the split-folding rear seatbacks.
The Allroad and Avant versions are nearly the same length and provide more rear headroom (39.5 inches) and more cargo space (30 cubic feet). They retain the same, five-passenger seating configuration and there is no option of a rear-facing cargo area bench seat.
The A6 is equipped with the standard fare of active safety features and allows for the full suite to be fitted to most trim levels. Automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and parking sensors are included. Adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert are featured on the A6 Premium Plus trim but require additional packages on the A6 Allroad, S6, and RS 6 Avant.
The 2022 Audi A6 has not been tested by IIHS and, while it hasn’t been fully evaluated, earns a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.
The A6 is equipped with a 10.1-infotainment display with navigation and is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and features a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Premium Plus trims are equipped with a wireless charging pad and a Bang and Olufsen 3D Premium Sound system while a 19-speaker, 19-channel, 1,820-watt B&O 3D Advanced Sound system is available on the (non-A6 sedan) Prestige trims for an additional $4,900.
The Premium trim is only available in the A6 sedan model and while it is the base trim, it is well equipped with 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights with dynamic turn signals, bright aluminum window surrounds, and dual exhaust outlets. The interior features a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, leather seating, a leather steering wheel, a stitched faux-leather-wrapped dashboard, a panoramic sunroof, and a three-zone climate control system.
The Black Optic Sport Package is offered for $1,800 and adds a sport suspension with a lower ride height, 20-inch wheels, and gloss black exterior trim and grille.
The A6 sedan gains matrix-LED headlights, a surround-view camera system, extended faux-leather surfaces, and offers the Executive Package for $2,250 which adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, four-zone climate control, a power trunk, and customizable ambient interior lighting.
The S6 Premium Plus starts at $75,845 and additionally includes adaptive air suspension, quad exhaust outlets, 21-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, stainless steel pedals, extended leather surfaces, and carbon twill interior trim.
With the S6, the Black Optic Package is $750 while the Executive Package is slightly more, at $2,900, as it also includes the added active safety equipment. The S Sport Package is offered for $4,000 and features all-wheel steering, a sport exhaust system, a sport rear differential, and red-painted brake calipers.
The A6 Allroad Premium Plus trim starts at $67,945 and is equipped with 20-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension system, and a power tailgate on top of the features of the A6 Premium Plus sedan. The Executive Package here is $3,250 and furthermore includes manual rear window shades. If the gray two-tone paint around the wheel wells and along the lower bodywork isn’t to your liking, Audi will happily apply a single shade of color for an additional $1,000.
The A6 Prestige trim adds HD-matrix LED headlights, soft-closing doors, acoustic side glass, a head-up display, and the features of the Executive Package. The Luxury Package is now offered for $2,850 and includes extended leather surfaces, premium leather seating, and contour front seats with massage functionality.
The S6 Prestige trim starts at $82,545 and also incorporates the upgrades noted in the A6 sedan top tier trim, as well as the Luxury Package although here, it is $1,850 and is necessary to obtain ventilated seats. The Black Optic Package and the S Sport Package are also available.
The A6 Allroad Prestige trim starts at $73,445 and is similarly equipped as the Prestige trim of the A6 sedan and also offers the Luxury Package for $2,850. It can additionally be equipped with a $2,500 night vision camera system.
The RS 6 Avant is its own model and is includes uniquely tuned sport air suspension, dual exhaust, all-wheel steering, a sport rear differential, 21-inch wheels, a flat-bottom heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated sport seats with RS embossing. The Executive Package is offered for $2,500 although the active safety technology is separated out into its own $2,250 Driver Assistance Package. The upgraded audio and night vision packages are also offered while the Carbon Optic Package ($6,350) is exclusive to the RS 6 Avant model and features 22-inch wheels with black painted inserts, carbon exterior mirror housings and bumper sets, and gloss black grille and exterior trim. For those planning to continuously track their wagon, Audi offers the $8,500 Carbon Ceramic Brake package which can then be equipped with red brake calipers for $500.
The Premium Plus A6 sedan with the Executive Package adds the luxurious features expected for this class without losing the value prospect.