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The Audi A6 features lots of new technology, including a new infotainment system. Most versions come with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; a 3.0-liter V6 turbo engine is optional.
The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is short on refinement at low speeds, and the car hesitates before launch or from a rolling stop. In our tests, the four-cylinder returned a commendable 26 mpg overall. Agile handling makes the A6 feel sporty. The ride is taut, with underlying firmness, but still comfortable. The quiet cabin is a delight in terms of fit and finish; the seats are extremely comfortable and supportive. The dual-screen infotainment system is daunting at first, but we found it to be ultimately logical. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. A wagon and a performance S6 version are new for 2020.
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2019
2019 Redesign Year
The redesigned Audi A6 features lots of new technology, including a new infotainment system. Most versions come with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine; a 3.0-liter V6 engine with a mild hybrid system is also available.
Both engines are paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which is short on refinement at low speeds and the car hesitates before launch or from a rolling stop. In our tests the four-cylinder returned a commendable 26 mpg overall. The Audi's agile handling gives it a sporty driving experience. The ride is taut with underlying firmness but still comfortable. The quiet cabin is a delight in terms of fit and finish and the seats are extremely comfortable and supportive. The dual screen infotainment system is daunting at first, but we found it ultimately logical. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard.
$34,175 - $48,050
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2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
The 2012 redesign made the A6 even better, with an upgraded interior, comfortable seats, and a slick eight-speed automatic transmission. Rewarding for drivers and passengers alike.
The sweet spot in the range is the Premium Plus trim, although it sacrifices ventilated front seats and a power-adjustable steering wheel, which are available only on Prestige trimmed cars. Unique high-tech features include Google Maps satellite view navigation and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Most A6 buyers will select all-wheel-drive. Choosing between the supercharged V6 and the TDI diesel V6 is tough, as both deliver plenty of power with competitive fuel economy. The diesel was discontinued with the VW emissions troubles.
$24,475 - $36,600
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$23,775 - $36,750
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$20,300 - $28,975
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$14,200 - $21,800
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$11,550 - $19,325
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$9,875 - $15,450
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$8,750 - $13,550
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2005-2011
2005 Redesign Year
The 2005 models brought more powerful engines and more luxury amenities. The base engine became a 250-hp 3.2-liter V6.
We found the car comfortable, quiet and refined, but its complicated control interface can be frustrating to use. A V10 was available in the S6 and a 300-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6 became standard on all-wheel-drive versions in 2009.
$6,450 - $15,275
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$5,850 - $13,050
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$5,200 - $11,500
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$4,775 - $7,275
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$4,375 - $6,525
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$3,550 - $6,100
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$4,050 - $5,125
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1998-2004
The A6 features a well-done interior, composed ride, and fairly agile handling. Sumptuous and comfortable, the passenger compartment shows lots of attention to detail.
Luxury features are abundant in Audi’s mid-sized sedan, including a heated steering wheel, as well as heated front and rear seats. However, while the Audi is quiet and refined, its driving characteristics are not as engaging as some of its competitors. All-wheel drive (AWD) is a big plus, but exacts a penalty in fuel economy.
$2,950 - $4,500
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$2,925 - $3,825
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$2,800 - $3,300
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$2,700 - $3,125
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$2,625 - $2,875
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