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The standard features of the Audi A6 2.0T Premium include 2.0L I-4 252hp intercooled turbo engine, 7-speed S tronic auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $47,600
|2.0T Premium Search New||$47,600||252-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||7-spd auto with auto-shift||24 / 34|
|2.0T Premium Search New||$49,800||252-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||22 / 31|
|3.0T Premium Plus Search New||$58,600||333-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||8-spd auto||21 / 29|
|3.0T Competition Search New||$67,600||340-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||8-spd auto||21 / 29|
The Audi A6 is a safe car, although your bank account might feel violated. The 2.0 turbo is a good engine (with a great 7-speed dual clutch transmission), while the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is better, for another 10 grand. With either, you get smooth but dated styling, and a detailed by smallish cabin.
Sam Moses contributed to this report.
The A6 offers ample head and legroom, although taller drivers might find the right knee hitting the wide center tunnel. Rear-seat space is limited. Two six-footers can fit in back, but their knees will be grazing the front seatbacks. The A7 feels a bit roomier inside, despite its tighter entry and less head room, because of a lower roofline.
The A6 has less room inside than some of its midsize rivals because its nose is longer and trunk shorter. There’s still an average 14.1 cubic feet in the trunk. Folding the rear seats offers more cargo space, although they don’t fold completely flat.
The front and rear seats are highly comfortable, so it’s a good car on road trips. We especially like the headrests. Heated and ventilated front seats are available, standard on the Prestige model.
Fit and finish in the cabin is excellent, at the dozens of panel, trim, and upholstery joints and seams, so many it can feel frenetic. The A6 is quieter than the smaller A4 sedan, as it should be. Like other German sedans, small storage bins in the cabin are limited. Cupholders are small, although the door pockets have spots for water bottles. The center armrest bin is a shallow and the glovebox small.
The dashboard and instrument panel is low and slim, with a pop-up display screen in the center. There’s an available head-up display on the lower windshield over the driver’s eyes.
The A6 Competition model features a flat-bottomed steering wheel and Valcona leather seats.
The base 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has only made its 252 horsepower since 2016, and it’s been much appreciated, with its 7-speed dual clutch transmission even more so, because it replaced a CVT. The 7-speed delivers precise shifts and helps the strong fuel mileage.
The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 comes in two versions; in the Prestige it makes 333 horsepower, and the in the new Competition it makes 340, with 325 pound-feet of torque in both states of tune.
The handling of the 2.0 is unobjectionable. It inspires no passion. The 3.0-liter is more engaging, competent but still not inspired.
The 2017 Audi A6 line comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The 2017 A6 Premium ($47,600) comes with front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive ($49,800). Features include Google Earth maps, in-car high-speed data, and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The 2017 A6 Prestige ($58,600) comes with a 3.0-liter V6 engine. Also available is the new A6 Competition ($67,600) model.
The 2017 S6 is a high-performance model with a V8 engine.
The A6 roofline sweeps back like a coupe, but it’s starting to show its age, even with LED headlamps. The A7 offers more style.
For 2017, A6 gets spruced up a bit with S trim, including 18-inch wheels. Sport trim with 20-inch wheels on the Black Optic package looks the sportiest.