What Car? says...
In an increasingly homogenised world, the biggest difference between rival products is often how they're marketed – but that's not the case for the Audi A6 and the other luxury cars it competes with.
The A6 sits at the more affordable end of a class full of genuinely accomplished models that are all quite different, and all have their own unique selling points. In other words, if Audi is going to convince you to buy one, it's got to be pretty special.
Over the next few pages of this review, we'll tell you all about Audi A6's strengths and weaknesses, and reveal which of the engines and trims we think are best. We'll also let you know how we rate its performance, handling, practicality and more.
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Not especially. The latest A6 came last in the luxury cars category of our 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey while Audi came 21st out of 32 car makers listed. Read more here
You can’t buy the A6 as a fully electric car but it is available with hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) engines. Read more here
We recommend the A6 40 TDI in Sport trim. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is more efficient than equivalent rival cars from BMW and Mercedes, and the entry-level Sport includes plenty of kit for a reasonable price. Read more here
The A6 S line has a lower, stiffer and less comfortable suspension set-up than the A6 in Sport trim. It also comes with bigger wheels (19in rather than 18in), a sportier bodykit and matrix LED adaptive headlights instead of standard LEDs. Read more here
The standard 10.1in touchscreen in the A6 is responsive with sharp graphics and haptic feedback. Unfortunately, you no longer get a rotary dial controller – as you did in the previous-generation Audi A6 (2011-18) – so it’s more distracting to use while you’re driving than systems with more physical controls. Read more here
All versions of the A6 except the plug-in hybrid 50 TFSIe have 530 litres of boot space, which was big enough for the What Car? road testers to fit in nine carry-on suitcases. The 50 TFSIe has a smaller, 360-litre boot because of the battery under its floor. Read more here
|RRP price range||£40,905 - £81,340|
|Number of trims (see all)||4|
|Number of engines (see all)||5|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, hybrid, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||217.3 - 50.4|
|Available doors options||4|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£772 / £5,945|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,545 / £11,890|