Simply put, 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 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 A6 will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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The 2017 Audi A6 has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Audi A6 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Android Auto

"My phone randomly disconnects from the car for no obvious reason. The dealer said they were unable to replicate the issue, so it remains unresolved."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Apple CarPlay

"Very very slow system"

Anonymous, VT (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Radio

"The radio turns on automatically when the car is started. After I turn it off, it turns on again about 30 seconds later. The dealer says it's intended to work that way. I find this extremely annoying."

Russell W., CT (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Voice control commands

"Voice command protocol is confusing. Computer does not always understand commands"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Audi A6 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Phone pairing now works, but I can’t use voice to control or make calls ."

Gary D., CA (2017 Audi A6 S6 4.0-L V8 turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"I already described the problem in the previous box."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Audi A6 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"17000 miles and brakes needed replacement. Not under warrenty"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"Low brake peddle. Worn out brakes. Replacements not under warranty. Expensive to replace."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"The front rotors exhibited excess wear due to a metal issue and had to be replaced and the rear rotors were able to be ground in. I was told these were defective parts and all repairs were done under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Audi A6 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Too early in the life of the vehicle for brake pads and rotor replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Audi A6 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Frequently looses road tracking, especially in corners, making it not very useful"

Anonymous, VT (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"The radar malfunctioned due to an alignment problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"It was related to the previous problem."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Problem was resolved through a recall service."

Anonymous, (2017 Audi A6 S6)

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

Cruise control

"The lane keep feature is nice but if the highway exit is at certain angle(?) to the main highway this lane keeping feature will try to follow the right white line off the highway. I force the car back to the highway at 70 MPH. Audi said it had no fix for this. Active Cruse control works great in traffic. Set the speed to about 30MPH it will go and stop in stop and go traffic with little help form me. Reduces stress. How ever make sure you keep the sensors clean or the cruse control will not slow the car down. Happen twice to me and it is exciting. My sensor are always clean now."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Audi A6 S6)
Headlights

"Left turn signal indicator in outside mirror stopped working. Fixed under warranty."

Raymond V., IL (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Keyless entry

"I tried to open the car with the door handle (keyless entry), but the car refused (happened three times recently) to let me in. I used the Control Fob open button and car allowed me inside. Got inside but it said the Control Fob was unknown and would not start. After I exited the car and used the open and close feature on Control Fob the car knew me again. It now started. Have not taken it to the dealer yet but this is on top of list when 20,000 mile service is due."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Audi A6 S6)

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

"I did not experience any specific problems. This was due to a recall from Audi regarding fuel leakage from the fuel rails."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"NVLD Pressure Switch failed; correction required several trips and modification to filter and guard"

George P., MN (2017 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

Squeaks or rattles

"It is more of a creak than a rattle that comes from driver's side, that seems to come and go. Dealer has concluded that suspension system is okay. I'm wondering if something within the door was worked loose (and assembled or welded component)?"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Audi A6 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"My car makes a small rattling sound when I go over small bumps are uneven services slowly. It's a common problem but my dealer refuses to fix the issue even though it's commonly known to occur. I love my car but service and repair with Audi dealerships has been a nightmare for the past two Audi's I have owned."

Anonymous, (2017 Audi A6 S6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Loud thumping noise when shifting to higher or lower gear. Since factory replacement of the transmission,there have been no problems."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When driving in automatic, the transmission shifted roughly through second gear. The RPMs would increase, hesitate, then increase again before shifting into 3rd gear. This caused the car to jerk with varying degrees of roughness."

Anonymous, DC (2017 Audi A6 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Climate System

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

Engine Major

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

Drive System

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

Engine Minor

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

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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.

Paint/Trim

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Mar 23, 2022
Worn bearings can cause the turbine wheel to contact the turbocharger housing or cause the shaft to break, causing an engine stall and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Audi) is recalling certain 2013-2017 A8, S6 Sedan, S7, S8, and 2014-2017 RS7 vehicles. The turbocharger oil supply strainer can become blocked, causing wear to the bearings due to lack of lubrication.
What should you do:
Dealers will replace the oil strainer and perform an oil change, free of charge. Interim notification letters, informing owners of the safety risk, were mailed May 20, 2022. A second notice will be sent once remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi's number for this recall is 21H7.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 22V178000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26053
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jan 16, 2019
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Audi) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Q7, A6 and A7 vehicles, and 2015-2018 Audi A8 vehicles. The left and right fuel rails may leak fuel.
What should you do:
Audi has notified owners, and dealers will replace the left and right fuel rail, free of charge. The recall began February 28, 2019. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi's number for this recall is 24DP.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V035000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 74881
AIR BAGS
Jun 04, 2018
If the PODS module malfunctions, the front passenger air bag may not deploy properly in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2013-2018 Audi S6 and S7, 2012-2018 A7 and A6 Sedan, and 2014-2018 RS7 vehicles equipped with basic seats (with or without heating). Stress or wear of the body-sensing mat within the front passenger seat may cause the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) control module to malfunction.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a PODS system repair kit, free of charge. The recall began November 29, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 74D5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V370000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 139249
AIR BAGS, SEAT BELTS
Dec 29, 2016
In the event of a crash, if the air bags and/or the seat belt pretensioners do not inflate or function properly, the vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2017 Audi A7, A4, A6, Volkswagen Golf and Tiguan vehicles and 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles for driver frontal air bags, passenger frontal air bags or head air bags that may not deploy properly. Additionally, certain 2017 Audi Q7, A4 Sedan, A4 Allroad, and 2018 Audi Q5 vehicles are being recalled because the seat belt pretensioners may not activate properly.
What should you do:
Volkswagen and Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected air bags and seat belt pretensioners, free of charge. The recall began April 2017. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 or Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V955000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5947
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