2003 Audi A6

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2003 Audi A6

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2003 Audi A6 review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 3.9
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews


A6 2003 experience

‘03 Audi A6, reliable and great in snow. Timing belt & water pump leaks at 65k, no other major repairs needed. Easy to drive 550 miles/day cross-country. Good lumbar adjustments & cruise control 👍


Amazing but keep your change

I’ve owned my 4.2 for 2 years it’s had many issues in that time but none since we basically rebuilt it …. Timing chain was done sits in the back means you have to pull the motor to get to it water pump is low and in the front you have to either a : pull the motor once again or b: remove the wntire front end clip and have at it that way a fuel pump with labor will run you aroun 1200$ us and if your water pump goes expect close to 3000$ …… I’m 12 k into mine but once you driven this car you won’t regret the maintenance cost or anything it gets great gas mileage it has gobs of power even at highway speeds the heated interior is great and my car is almost 20 years old and stilllooks better than a subbie and the ac blows colder than all my current newer vehicles all in all its expensive it stranded me once but I forgave it it is currently running amazing when I finish work I can’t wait to tool around to the local cars and coffee meets in it …..it’s my baby and gave me a love for audis I can’t shake happy trails y’all and buy one if you aren’t afraid of a little risk with a lot of rewards


Save the environment by driving Audi on a budget

Trying to cut down on pollution? Buy an Audi on a budget. We test drove a number of new vehicles in the $25-35k zone and I end up loving driving the Audi more than any of them. Maintenance is costly though, so we budget our drive time as much as we can to keep up with the cost of keeping it.

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