Audi A6 Review
The 2015 Audi A6 ranks 4 out of 13 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.
The 2015 Audi A6 offers composed handling, a striking interior design and plenty of high-tech features, according to critics.
A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard in the 2015 Audi A6, and some auto writers say it is strong, but others think its power is a bit disappointing. Test drivers agree that the optional supercharged V6 is quite potent, but many say their favorite engine is the optional turbodiesel V6 because of its strong power and great fuel economy. The A6 comes standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but reviewers recommend getting the eight-speed automatic (standard on all-wheel drive models) because they think it makes the car feel more responsive. 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.
Test drivers report that the 2015 Audi A6 has one of the most impressive interiors in the class, with top-notch materials and a beautiful design. They write that the A6’s front seats are comfortable and offer a wide range of adjustability. The rear seat earns praise for its generous head- and legroom, but some critics think its low bottom cushion doesn’t provide enough thigh support for taller passengers. Trunk capacity is decent for the class, though some competitors, including the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, offer more space. 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)
Other Cars to Consider
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.
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.