Audi A6: Which Should You Buy, 2021 or 2022?

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Most significant changes: 2022 A6 Premium gets larger 10.1-inch multimedia screen standard, as well as the latest version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Plus digital instrument panel; Black Optic Package added for four-cylinder 45 TFSI

Pricing: The 2022 A6 sedan starts at $56,445 (up $500 from 2021); the 2022 A6 Allroad wagon at $66,945 (no increase); and the 2022 S6 performance variant at $75,845 (up $400).

On sale: November

Which should you buy, 2021 or 2022? The changes for the 2022 A6 and S6 are minor, meaning the 2021 A6 45 TFSI (especially if it already has the larger touchscreen) will offer a better value. The same goes for the S6, which gets a $400 price increase for 2022. There’s no price change for 2022 variants of the A6 55 TFSI and A6 Allroad, so shoppers can choose either model year.

After adding many standard features in 2021, the 2022 A6 and S6 return with minor updates, most of which are found in the base Premium trim. Pricing for the 2022 Audi A6 starts at $56,445, which is an increase of $500 over 2021.

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Audi A6 and S6 Powertrains

The Audi A6 sedan is available with two engine options: a 261-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the 45 TFSI or a 3.0-liter six-cylinder good for 335 hp in the 55 TFSI. The A6 Allroad wagon is available exclusively with the six-cylinder engine and offers the same power output as the 55 TFSI sedan. All A6 and A6 Allroad models house a seven-speed automatic transmission. The S6 is the most powerful in the bunch, with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission good for 444 hp and a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds.

What’s New for 2022?

Available only for the A6, the Premium trim gets a standard 10.1-inch multimedia display, up from 8.8 inches in the 2021 model. The system was optional on the 2021 A6 Premium and is not only larger but more intuitive, according to Audi. Also new for the A6 45 TFSI and 55 TFSI Premium models is Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Plus — a 12.3-inch high-definition digital instrument cluster with enhanced views for driver information like speed, rpm, navigation and driver assistance systems.

The Black Optic Package ($1,800), previously only available on the six-cylinder 55 TFSI, will now be offered for the four-cylinder 45 TFSI. It adds a sport suspension and 20-inch wheels to an existing appearance package that features black exterior trim. The only change for the A6 55 TFSI is a new 20-inch wheel design for its Sport Package. Finally, rear side airbags and a direct tire pressure monitoring system are now standard across all A6 models.

2022 Audi A6 and S6 Trims and Pricing

The A6 45 TFSI is available in two trim levels: Premium and Premium Plus, while the 55 TFSI comes in Premium, Premium Plus and the range-topping Prestige trim. The A6 Allroad and S6 are offered only in Premium Plus and Prestige trims.

The 2022 A6 and S6 will arrive in November wearing the starting price tags below (all prices include a $1,045 destination fee):

  • 2022 A6 45 TFSI: $56,445 and $60,345 in Premium and Premium Plus trims, respectively (both trims up $500 compared to 2021)
  • 2022 A6 55 TFSI: $60,845 for the Premium, $64,745 for the Premium Plus and $70,545 for the Prestige (no change from 2021)
  • 2022 A6 Allroad: $66,945 for the Premium Plus and $72,445 for the Prestige (no price change from 2021).
  • 2022 S6: $75,845 for the Premium Plus and $82,545 for the Prestige (both up $400 over 2021)

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