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Audi A6 Review

The 2016 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.

An attractive interior, poised handling and powerful, fuel-efficient engines make the refreshed 2016 Audi A6 one of the most appealing midsize luxury cars on the market, according to critics.

The base A6 2.0T's turbocharged four-cylinder engine gains a bit of horsepower for 2016, and reviewers write that it now feels very powerful. They say the A6 3.0T's supercharged V6, which also gets more power for 2016, delivers strong acceleration, and they write that the 3.0 TDI's turbodiesel V6 offers a great combination of fuel economy and speed. The performance-oriented S6 comes with a twin-turbocharged V8, and test drivers agree that it provides surprisingly impressive acceleration for such a luxurious car. For 2016, fuel economy has increased for most of the models in the A6 lineup. According to the EPA, the base 2016 A6 gets 24/35 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class, while the TDI model gets 25/38. Reviewers report that the Audi A6 tackles corners as well as its top competitors with secure handling, strong brakes and optional all-wheel drive. However, they note that it rides a bit more stiffly than many rivals, especially when equipped with larger wheels.

With first-rate materials, superb build quality and beautiful styling, auto writers agree that the 2016 Audi A6 has one of the more impressive interiors in its class. The A6's MMI infotainment system has been upgraded for 2016 and critics say it has crisper graphics and responds faster to user inputs, and most reviewers think it is easy to use. Test drivers also note that the A6's front seats are comfortable and its rear seats have ample space for 6-foot passengers. Standard features include a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats and Audi's MMI infotainment system, which features satellite radio and Bluetooth. Available features include ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, Bose or Bang & Olufsen audio systems, a rearview camera, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, night vision assist, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, collision warning with automatic braking, navigation and Audi Connect, which provides a wireless hot spot.

  • "The 2016 Audi A6 has excellent driving dynamics, a welcoming interior, a good variety of engines and technology aplenty. It's one of our favorite midsize luxury sedans." -- Edmunds
  • "Even with stiff competition from the likes of the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E Class, Cadillac CTS, and Acura RLX, the Audi A6 is one of our favorites." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Where the Audi excels is in its ability to surround its occupants with innovation and technology, while simultaneously coddling them within an exquisitely crafted cabin." -- Autoblog
  • "Now in its fourth generation, the A6 provides an appealing blend of luxury, technology and responsive handling dynamics." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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According to critics, the Cadillac CTS has athletic handling, potent engine options and a stylish interior. Test drivers agree that the CTS also has a very comfortable ride, especially when equipped with the optional Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

The Lexus GS' smooth ride and nimble handling give it a satisfying blend of sportiness and luxury, according to auto writers. They also note that the GS has a handsome interior with comfortable seats and premium materials.

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Details: 2016 Audi A6

The 2016 Audi A6 is a five-seat sedan that's available with 2.0T, 3.0T and 3.0 TDI engine options. The 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 3.0T has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and the 3.0 TDI has a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard on the base A6. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are available. The A6 comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The performance-oriented S6 has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive, and it is available in Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The A6 receives several updates for the 2016 model year, but it hasn't been fully redesigned since the 2012 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/21/15

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