Audi A6 Review
The 2014 Audi A6 ranks 3 out of 22 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Audi A6, as well as reliability and safety data.
With a beautiful interior, powerful engine options and engaging handling, auto writers agree the 2014 Audi A6 offers one of the best driving experiences in the class.
The Audi A6 comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While reviewers are impressed with its great fuel economy, most prefer the engines available in higher trims, such as the supercharged V6, which they say is very powerful, and the turbocharged diesel V6, which they agree provides strong acceleration and excellent fuel economy. The A6 comes standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but reviewers prefer the optional eight-speed automatic, which they say provides quick, smooth shifts. The base 2014 Audi A6 gets an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a luxury large car, while the diesel-powered A6 TDI gets an excellent 24/38 mpg. Test drivers say the 2014 A6 provides one of the most appealing driving experiences in the class because it has the smooth ride of a comfort-oriented car like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the athletic handling of a sporty car like the BMW 5-Series.
Test drivers write that the A6 has one of the best interiors in the class, with top-notch build quality, first-rate materials and a beautiful design. Their praise extends to the front seats, which test drivers think are comfortable. Several reviewers say the rear seats are comfortable as well, though some wish they offered more thigh support. Critics write that the MMI infotainment system, which controls many audio, climate and navigation settings, is intuitive. However, some of them think it still isn’t as easy to use as the infotainment system in BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The 2014 Audi A6 comes standard with leather upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front seats, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, an iPod interface and Audi’s MMI infotainment system. Available features include navigation, a Bose or Bang & Olufsen audio system, Bluetooth music streaming, four-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system.
- "The Audi A6 excels for its high levels of polish and sophistication that strikes a nice blend between the performance-oriented BMW 5-Series and coddling Mercedes-Benz E-Class. First-rate interior accommodations and a remarkably hushed cabin add to the experience." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "Features like a head-up display, an adaptive suspension, night vision with pedestrian detection and mobile Internet all keep the A6 on the cutting edge of technology. Besides all of this high-tech wizardry, the A6 also maintains Audi's reputation for high-quality interiors and a refined ride quality." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "While the BMW 5 Series has long been the obvious choice for enthusiasts, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the preferred ride for those seeking more traditional luxury, Audi's A6 strikes a unique balance: technology and design, performance and efficiency." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "So it has getaway speed, stops hard, and can handle itself pretty well. It also has a magnificently tailored cabin designed to transport you and your human cargo in safety, elegance, and serious comfort." -- Motor Trend (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
The Lexus GS 350 impresses critics with its high-quality interior materials and comfortable rear seats. The GS also has a more powerful engine than the base A6, and an eight-speed automatic transmission that critics say provides quick, smooth shifts.
Critics say the Jaguar XF has a stylish, well-appointed interior, nimble handling and powerful engine options. Additionally, the XF has one of the largest trunks in the class.
Details: 2014 Audi A6
The 2014 Audi A6 seats five and comes in seven trims, ranging from the base A6 2.0T Premium with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive, to the top-of-the-line S6 with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, a seven-speed automated manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The A6 sees a few updates for 2014 and was last fully redesigned for the 2012 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2014 model years.