2003 Audi A6

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of the 2003 Audi A6. Base trim shown.

2003 Audi A6 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The A6 midsize sedans and S6 Avant wagons from Volkswagen’s luxury division get a moderate list of changes for the 2003 model year. New leather seating surfaces are standard on Audi’s A6 2.7T and 3.0 models. All-season 17-inch tires are optional on the 2.7T and 3.0 quattro. A number of features have been removed: the prewiring for a CD changer, a passenger-seat memory feature, Tiptronic controls on the steering wheel, and Servotronic steering on 3.0 models.

A sport suspension is now standard on the 2.7T sedans. The A6 4.2 loses its standard sunroof and Bose audio system, and regular three-position seating replaces the 2+1 configuration in the back of this sedan.

The A6 may be equipped with FrontTrak front-wheel drive (FWD), but most Audis are equipped with a permanently engaged quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. FrontTrak models can have a multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). A high-performance S6 Avant wagon joined the 2002 lineup, but an S6 sedan is not offered.

Exterior
The 2002 freshening of the flowing-line A6’s shape included a new front end and headlights, new bodyside moldings and a revised rear end. The grille on the 2.7T and 3.0 sedans extends to the bottom of the hood. A sport suspension with 17-inch wheels is standard on the 2.7T and optional on the 4.2 model.

Interior
Audi buyers get elegance and ample space for five adults. Wood trim adds a touch of warmth. Leather upholstery is standard in the 4.2 and optional ...
Vehicle Overview
The A6 midsize sedans and S6 Avant wagons from Volkswagen’s luxury division get a moderate list of changes for the 2003 model year. New leather seating surfaces are standard on Audi’s A6 2.7T and 3.0 models. All-season 17-inch tires are optional on the 2.7T and 3.0 quattro. A number of features have been removed: the prewiring for a CD changer, a passenger-seat memory feature, Tiptronic controls on the steering wheel, and Servotronic steering on 3.0 models.

A sport suspension is now standard on the 2.7T sedans. The A6 4.2 loses its standard sunroof and Bose audio system, and regular three-position seating replaces the 2+1 configuration in the back of this sedan.

The A6 may be equipped with FrontTrak front-wheel drive (FWD), but most Audis are equipped with a permanently engaged quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. FrontTrak models can have a multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). A high-performance S6 Avant wagon joined the 2002 lineup, but an S6 sedan is not offered.

Exterior
The 2002 freshening of the flowing-line A6’s shape included a new front end and headlights, new bodyside moldings and a revised rear end. The grille on the 2.7T and 3.0 sedans extends to the bottom of the hood. A sport suspension with 17-inch wheels is standard on the 2.7T and optional on the 4.2 model.

Interior
Audi buyers get elegance and ample space for five adults. Wood trim adds a touch of warmth. Leather upholstery is standard in the 4.2 and optional in the 2.7T and 3.0 models.

The trunks in FWD sedans have a capacity of 17.2 cubic feet, but space dips to 15.4 cubic feet in models equipped with quattro AWD. The rear seatback folds for additional space.

A split, folding rear seat is installed in Avant models, and an optional rear-facing third seat holds two children. A retractable/removable rear cargo cover and a power rear sunshade are standard. Cargo volume behind the rear seat is 36.4 cubic feet, and that space increases to 73.2 cubic feet when the seat is folded down. Standard 12-way power front seats have electric lumbar adjustment.

Vavona and walnut wood trim on the doors, center console and the dashboard adds a touch of warmth. Leather seating surfaces are standard. All Avants have a 140-watt, eight-speaker Symphony II stereo system with a cassette player and an in-dash six-CD changer. Parktronic rear parking assist is optional, and a Premium option group is available.

Under the Hood
A model’s engine size designates its name. The base 3.0 sedan uses a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 220 horsepower. The 2.7T holds a 250-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 with dual turbochargers. Topping the line is the 4.2 model, which is equipped with a 300-hp, 4.2-liter V-8.

A five-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox with a Sport mode goes into the 3.0 sedan. Audi’s multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) has no conventional gears and is optional on FWD models. A six-speed-manual gearbox is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional in the 2.7T. The 4.2 sedan is available with the five-speed automatic only.

A 3.0-liter V-6 engine in the A6 Avant generates 220 horsepower. The A6 Avant Wagon’s five-speed-automatic transmission employs a Sport mode and Tiptronic manual-shifting provision.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are standard in the front seats and optional for rear occupants. Curtain-type airbags deploy along the side windows. Antilock brakes are standard.

Driving Impressions
Overall, the A6 is a super road car that also excels in performance. Audi’s multitronic transmission works with satisfying subtlety, delivering a smooth and steady speed increase with no gear changes. Because the engine is quiet, you don’t keep listening for a shift to occur.

Any A6 feels relatively heavy, but it’s a sensation of substance. Steering response is quick and precise, but not like a smaller car. A person could hardly ask for more than the A6’s smooth yet tautly secure ride. Its quietness is hard to beat, and the 4.2-liter V-8 unleashes plenty of available power.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 1/24/03

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

The car of problems

by NewDev4IOS on March 5, 2018

Fun to drive, with good performance but soo many expensive issues with the car. Had to replace the transmission, drive shaft, boots, and a whole lot more. Read full review

(4.0)

Got the $$, go for it.

by al123 from ohio on August 3, 2017

I have had three Audi's in the last 7 years. '00 A6 2.8l, '03 A6 3.0l, '02 A4 1.8t The 3.0l felt powerfull. Quattro, ABS and ESP all make quite the difference in winter states. Very well-built, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2003 Audi A6 currently has 7 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A6 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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