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This stylish hatchback version of the A6 is an impressive car, although it sacrifices some access, rear-seat room, and visibility in exchange for sportiness and looks. Its rear hatch and generous interior give it practicality, room, and comfort. Handling is responsive and secure, and the ride is steady though firm, particularly on the optional 20-inch tires. The exquisite interior is very luxurious, and the infotainment system proves logical after a bit of familiarization. A midcycle freshening brought tweaks to almost every engine. The smooth, punchy 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is plenty powerful, and an even stronger 450-hp, 4.0-liter V8 powers the S7. If you need more gusto, the RS 7's engine puts out 560 hp.

Highs

  • Stylish looks
  • Enjoyable to drive

Lows

  • Limited rear visibility and no rear wiper
  • Complicated controls

Best Version to Get

We'd buy the diesel-powered TDI version. There's nothing wrong with the standard 3.0T supercharged V6, which is impressive, but the TDI brings such a rewarding combination of performance and fuel economy. Even the entry-level Premium Plus model comes well-equipped; it includes exten...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (340 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (333 hp)
  • 4-liter V8 turbo (450 hp)
  • 4-liter V8 turbo (605 hp)
  • 4-liter V8 turbo (560 hp)

Ratings

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Comfort / Convenience
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