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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $44,800 - $75,500
Invoice: $41,664 - $70,217
MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy
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Audi A6 Review

The 2015 Audi A6 ranks 5 out of 17 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.

Test drivers find that the 2015 Audi A6 delivers nimble handling, a luxurious cabin design and ample high-tech features.

The 2015 Audi A6's standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine leaves some critics satisfied with its power and others underwhelmed. They agree that the available supercharged V6 is very potent, but many prefer the optional turbodiesel V6 for its superior fuel economy and punch. The base A6 comes with an automatic transmission, but test drivers suggest the car feels more responsive with the eight-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on all-wheel drive trims. The 2015 base Audi A6 gets an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway, which is great for the class, while the TDI model gets 24/38 mpg, which is excellent for the class. Reviewers write that the A6 handles with poise, fitting between the cushy Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the sportier BMW 5-Series in terms of agility. They note the A6’s steering is a bit numb, which is fairly normal for this class. The A6’s ride is also a bit firmer than some rivals’, according to critics, so they recommend avoiding the optional sport suspension and larger wheels.

Critics say the 2015 Audi A6's cabin is among the best in the class because it's constructed with premium materials and is attractively designed. Automotive journalists appreciate the front seats’ range of adjustability and they find them comfortable. The rear seat has a low bottom cushion that some reviewers say doesn't offer adequate thigh support for taller passengers, but they applaud the generous head- and legroom. The A6 has good trunk space for the class, but some rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class provide more room. Standard features in the 2015 Audi A6 include leather upholstery, heated 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 ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Bluetooth audio streaming, Bose or Bang & Olufsen audio systems, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitoring system and an upgraded version of MMI with navigation and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Reviewers are impressed with the number of technology features in the A6, and some reviewers think the MMI system has sharp graphics and intuitive on-screen menus. However, many point out that the infotainment systems in rival vehicles are easier to use.

  • "The 2015 Audi A6 has excellent driving dynamics, a welcoming interior, masterful engines and technology aplenty. It's one of our favorite midsize luxury sedans." -- Edmunds
  • "Now in its fourth generation, the A6 provides an appealing blend of luxury, technology and responsive handling dynamics." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2015 Audi A6 and Audi S6 midsize luxury sedans are designed to go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series, and we'd say they do a fine job of it." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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The base BMW 5-Series gets great fuel economy for the class, and test drivers say it has lively acceleration. Reviewers also compliment the 5-Series’ spacious front and back seats, and most think BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is user-friendly.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a comfortable ride and an opulent cabin with top-notch materials, according to auto writers. It also has a larger trunk than the A6, and critics say the E-Class has plenty of space for rear-seat passengers.

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Details: 2015 Audi A6

The 2015 Audi A6 seats five and comes in seven trims, ranging from the A6 2.0T Premium with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive, to the S6 with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, a seven-speed automated manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The A6 was last fully redesigned for the 2012 model year and since it only sees a few changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/9/15

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