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Audi A6

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Summary


The Audi A6 is a large executive vehicle available in saloon and estate (called Avant) model. The current model is the fifth generation in the A6 line, and was launched in 2018.

All A6 models have mild hybrid engines as standard. This means that a small electrical motor can power many of the car’s systems but can’t drive the vehicle itself. There is also the A6 allroad model, which has a beefed-up body and improved ground clearance for off-road driving, at which it is most capable and better than many luxury SUVs.

The Audi A6 has received consistently good to very good scores from the UK media since its launch, with particular praise for its interior space, comfort and refinement. As of August 2021, its Expert Rating score of 73% is several points behind the class-leading BMW 5 Series and also the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but tied with the Jaguar XF.

Audi A6 highlights

  • Comfortable and refined
  • Standard mild hybrid technology
  • Plenty of rear-seat room
  • Choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid

Audi A6 lowlights

  • Driving dynamics not as good as a BMW 5 Series
  • Plug-in hybrid not as sophisticated as some rivals
  • Options list is extensive and expensive
  • A6 Allroad is pricey

Key specifications


Body style: Large saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £39,175 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated:
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Car Keys

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Evo

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Fleetworld

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2018

93%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

81%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

76%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Audi A6 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the A6 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi A6 has received

2018

  • carwow Car of the Year AwardsCar of the Year + Best Luxury Car

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