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Audi A6

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Audi A6

(2018 - present)

    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. It’s undergone some updates since, with notably plug-in hybrid models joining the range in 2019.

    In usual Audi fashion, top-spec performance versions of the A6 saloon and estate are called the S6. There is also the A6 allroad model, which has a beefed-up estate body and improved ground clearance for off-road driving, at which it is most capable and better than many luxury SUVs.

    There is also the extreme, 600hp RS 6 Avant, which has extensive alterations from the regular A6 family and is not included here. We are building a separate page for that model, so check back again soon.

    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.

    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.

    Generally testers rate it higher for its comfort than its driving characteristics – “it cossets occupants rather than thrills its driver,” says Auto Express, while Autocar says, “Not quite the dynamic prowess of a 5 Series, but still a decent thing to sit in and waft along.” Top Gear adds that the A6 is not particularly fun behind the wheel, but is “safe, solid, quiet and dependable”.  

    Audi always impresses with the build quality of its cabins and the technology available for its cars, though the twin-touchscreen centre console display of the A6 is not universally popular. “Not everyone is going to like the lack of buttons or physical controls,” says Auto Trader.

    As of May 2022, the Audi A6 has an Expert Rating of 75%, based on 57 reviews. That’s several points behind the class-leading BMW 5 Series and also the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but a couple of points ahead of the Jaguar XF.

    In a 2021 reliability survey, What Car? ranked the Audi A6 21st in its list of the most unreliable cars up to five years old.

    Audi A6 highlights

    • Comfortable and refined
    • Extensive technology taken from A8 flagship
    • Plenty of rear-seat room
    • Choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid
    • Top-notch interior quality

    Audi A6 lowlights

    • Driving dynamics not as good as a BMW 5 Series
    • Plug-in hybrid not as sophisticated as some rivals
    • Can be expensive, especially with options
    • A6 Allroad is pricey
    • Touchscreen controls not as effective as regular buttons

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large saloon and estate
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £40,890 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2018
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    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: September 2018
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 93%
    Child protection: 85%
    Vulnerable road users: 81%
    Safety assist: 76%

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of May 2022, the Audi A6 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the A6 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

    Reliability rating

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    Please note that the above data covers all Audi A6 models, not just the current generation.

    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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    The Audi A6 faces a tough selection of rivals and none more so than the BMW 5 Series, which for many years has dominated the larger executive saloon sector. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has long been another major rival, while the Jaguar XF and Volvo S90/V90 twins are also strong contenders.

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    Audi A6The Audi A6 is an extremely capable large executive saloon and estate, with particular praise for its interior space, comfort and refinement.