Audi A6 vs. Audi A8

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John Moroney graduated from the Vehicle Research Institute before moving on to become a race mechanic. He currently works as a motorsports editor and automotive journalist.

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, Automotive Editor - December 6, 2016

For 2017, Audi brings back two of its most popular sedans, the A6 and the A8. Both are handsome and well-made, and prove once again that Audi can bring excellence, comfort, and luxury to any price point.

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What We Like About the A6

The Audi A6 won’t see a major redesign until 2019, so the 2017 model is limited to minor tweaks and upgrades. However, those tweaks absolutely translate into a consistently reliable car.

Under the hood is a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 253 horsepower and a satisfying 273 lb-ft of torque. The base model is outfitted with front-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but most buyers upgrade to the quattro all-wheel drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission.

The A6 continues to be one of the safest sedans available with standard features like blind spot monitors, a rearview camera, night vision, and a head-up display. Coming to market at $46,550 (including destination), the A6 blends classic design and German reliability at an accessible price.

What We Like About the A8

Audi’s flagship continues largely unchanged for 2017, but only the long-wheelbase L model is available. Rather than being a drawback, this creates an even more spacious interior and comfortable ride for drivers and passengers alike.

There are two trims available. The 3.0T comes with a 3-liter supercharged V6 under the hood, plus a leather interior and a 14-speaker sound system. The 4.0T Sport features a 4-liter twin-turbo V8, and adds blind-spot monitoring, a head-up display, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

One of our favorite features is the available Night Vision Assistant, a thermal imaging system which recognizes people and animals. Potential hazards are highlighted in red and a gong sounds, alerting the driver.

The A8L starts at $83,450, including destination.

Our Verdict: Audi A6

While the A6 is ready for a design upgrade, it provides Audi luxury at a price that leaves room for a road trip to a lavish ski resort. The smaller size makes far more sense for most drivers. It's definitely our vehicle of choice.

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, Automotive Editor

John Moroney graduated from the Vehicle Research Institute before moving on to become a race mechanic. He currently works as a motorsports editor and automotive journalist.

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