2012 Audi A6 Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
Simply put, this version of the A6 is a joy for both driver and passengers alike. Its potent supercharged V6 engine and slick eight-speed transmission deliver invigorating and effortless power. Available permanent Quattro all-wheel-drive assures traction and contributes to wintertime security. And yet, at 22 mpg, fuel economy is quite commendable. But that's just the beginning.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2021
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2001
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2002
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2003
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard. ESC standard from 2002. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

Simply put, this version of the A6 is a joy for both driver and passengers alike. Its potent supercharged V6 engine and slick eight-speed transmission deliver invigorating and effortless power. Available permanent Quattro all-wheel-drive assures traction and contributes to wintertime security. And yet, at 22 mpg, fuel economy is quite commendable. But that's just the beginning.

The A6 outperforms many of its peers because it is so multi-talented. It provides an uplifting driving experience thanks to its responsive steering and tied-down suspension. But it also rides smoothly, leaving the bumps and ruts of the road outside the solid, vault-like cabin. The interior is quiet, instilling a feeling of a safe-haven. Inside the A6 is sumptuous and accommodating, with super comfortable and supportive seats keeping you fresh and ache-free. The trunk is large and beautifully finished. Interior quality and ambiance are top notch, though it is more businesslike than glitzy.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (211 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (310 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Audi A6 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"A number of sensor readings on the dashboard including engine light"

Arlene B., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Engine mounts

"A replaced engine mount failed 13 months/ 7000 miles after it was replaced. While it was 3 weeks out of warranted the dealership replaced it for free but found other items that had to be replaced"

Henry T., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Engine Mounts, leaking. Needed to replace for $1,500"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"The dealer told me an engine mount had failed and needed replacement. The cost of the repair seemed high."

David R., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"I had one engine mount replaced according to my mechanics advice."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Fuel leaks

"There was a recall on the entire fuel line for the car."

David D., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Oil leaks

"The oil pressure sensor cracked and was leaking oil"

David W., UT (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Oil Check valve"

Bob M., AZ (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The back up camera works sometimes and sometimes not. sometimes it just flickers. it has been looked at by Audi, parts replaced and repaired. I still experience intermittent issues."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"It quit working. There is not display from the back-up camera at all. I cannot afford to fix it right now so I have not taken it in for repair"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Display screen freezes up

"The screen did not open from the dash. Display and mechanism had to be replaced. $1200"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"The display screen raises from the dashboard when the car is started. Mine either stuck in the down position or jitters as it rose"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The MMI system was replaced by an Audi Dealership in Newmarket at a discount."

Richard A., ON (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"The navigation location is VERY inconsistent and often "gets lost" meaning the navigation either goes off road or is unable to locate where the car actually is rendering the GPS useless."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Radio

"i had majo problems with my FM radio reception f ok the moment I d over off the lo. Audi replaced the radio twice but I think there was a fundamental problem with the HD radio radio hat they did not want to admit"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"The standard, normal brake routine maintenance as recommended by the Dealer was excessively expensive! The pads were not worn down too low this was standard routine for over 2K. The brakes perform well so i suspect the pads to be highly abrasive requiring more frequent rotor replacement and being a Quatro that means all 4 at once."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Brakes were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Dealer replacement can be expensive"

Joseph Z., VA (2012 Audi A6 3.2 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Premature brake wear

"I don't necessarily believe the wear was premature but i did replace pads and rotors on rear wheels at 75000"

Walter L., MI (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Bracket holding catalytic converted broke, requiring replacement of catalytic converter under Audi warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Audi A6)
Other/unsure

"Sensor issue given history of placing my work bag on the passenger seat over many years."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The forward camera failed and was $1400 to replace"

David D., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"I was quoted $2,000 to fix it and wasn't told that DWT had a recall but my car was on month outside of the recall manufacture date. After months of arguing with the Dealer, the Dealer replaced it for free (but found $1,200 worth of other items that had to be replace)."

Henry T., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"fixed by a recall"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"a/c stppped working"

Herbert F., NY (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Automatic climate control

"Heat would not go on in February. Blower worked, but no heat. Audi service found no faults for HVAC in diagnostic scan. Turned out Coolant shutoff valve had failed. Replaced valve. Heat worked again. Dealer had estimated $700 for diagnostics and repair. All was covered under CPO (with only 2 months left in coverage). I was charged $85."

Robert R., OH (2012 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Driver side control would blow hot air even when turned low, i.e. 65 degrees"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Audi A6 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"System worked intermittently. Required a software update to fix. Software updates not covered under extended warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Heater system

"Heater core malfunctioned (was clogged) which needed replacement to repair."

Thomas H., GA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Intermittent brake light replacement warning on the display."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Gauges

"Engine running light was on indicating a engine malfunction which was fixed."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Headlights

"Replacement of headlight assembly, started about 8-9 months ago. resolved at same time."

Anonymous, (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Keyless entry

"Battery replacement did not cure the communication difficulties with the keyless entry. Needed to program two new keys for $800. Still at times the key has a hesitation in communicating with the engine start also."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge did not show full after I filled up the car. Audi dealer repaired the problem under warranty, but I had to wait a few weeks for the part. And after the fix it took several weeks for the odor of gasoline to dissipate from the car's interior"

David R., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Fuel injection system

"Recall for fuel rails and fuel injector seals"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Fuel pump

"Audi USA issued a recall on the 2012 Audi A6"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Needed to be replaced on a recall"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The twin turbo engine burns about a quart of oil every other week and the dealership claims it is normal for a turbo engine like this and the cost of eliminating this issue would be in excess of $ 7,500"

Olafsson K., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Valve issue required the complete replacement of driver side cylinder head at a cost of $6,000+"

Thomas M., MA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Ring failure required engine replacement"

Michael K., MD (2012 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This model was included in a national recall for excessive oil consumption. Components of the engine had to be replaced as a result"

Arlene B., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Thermostat needed replacement. Dealer installed replacement needed replacement within 1 week"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Thermostat broke. Got replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Thermostat needed replacement after 50,000 miles and again at 96,000. Audi knows there is a thermostat issue but refuses to correct or reimburse owner for the cost to replace"

Thomas M., MA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Water pump

"Slow coolant leak coming from auxiliary water pump."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Worn out bushings."

Richard A., ON (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Wheel bearings

"Worn left front wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Joseph W., MA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Transmission fluid cooler valve failed"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Engine Waning light, but car drove fine. Audi dealership said computer and wiring harness. $6,000! Took it independent auto repair and fix for $600."

Eric S., MD (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"3 of 4 wheel bearing needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Electrical failure

"Drivers side air conditioning was hot while passenger side was cool. Both were on cool. Problem still not fixed at dealer."

Pierre P., FL (2012 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Replaced all spark plug an done of them failed in 6 months"

Olafsson K., CA (2012 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leaked into my right rear passenger door. I had to take it to the dealership twice before they fixed the problem at no charge."

Anonymous, (2012 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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