2014 Audi A6

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Audi A6 base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    220-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Supercharged V-6 performance, efficiency
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder's refinement
  • Interior quality, attention to detail
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Split-folding backseat's utility
  • Distinctive optional LED daytime running lights

The Bad

  • Small backseat
  • No USB port
  • Audi Connect requires its own data plan
2014 Audi A6 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2014 Audi A6

  • New 3.0-liter diesel V-6
  • More-powerful gas turbo four-cylinder
  • Available supercharged V-6
  • Optional all-wheel drive with rear torque bias
  • Optional LED headlights
  • Optional in-car Wi-Fi

2014 Audi A6 Road Test

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Joe Bruzek

The 2014 Audi A6 2.0T offers a well-rounded luxury experience even in basic trim levels, though it flies under the radar without much flash on the outside.

We're used to automakers giving us pumped-up versions of their cars to test drive, with powerful engines (including a clean-diesel TDI) and huge lists of optional equipment. With its base 220-horsepower engine and plain-Jane appearance, the A6 2.0T I tested was not one of those. With all-wheel drive, a Premium Plus package and a few miscellaneous options, my version's $53,845 as-tested price focused most of the A6's optional equipment inside the well-appointed and high-quality cabin. The A6 starts at $43,995 (all prices include destination).

For 2014, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine is now rated at 220 hp, up from 211 hp; compare the 2013 and 2014 Audi A6 here. The A6 I tested won't be mistaken for a sports sedan, even with the optional sport suspension it featured. Sedans like the 2014 BMW 528i, Lexus GS 350 or 2014 Cadillac CTS skew toward the more dynamic side of the segment; compare the A6 with those sedans here. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the most popular among this group; compare it with the A6 here.

Exterior & Styling
Audi's sedans share enough design similarities that it's hard to distinguish the A6 from the less-expensive and smaller A4, and the A4 from the even smaller A3, all of which take inspiration from the A8. All are certainly attractive seda...

The 2014 Audi A6 2.0T offers a well-rounded luxury experience even in basic trim levels, though it flies under the radar without much flash on the outside.

We're used to automakers giving us pumped-up versions of their cars to test drive, with powerful engines (including a clean-diesel TDI) and huge lists of optional equipment. With its base 220-horsepower engine and plain-Jane appearance, the A6 2.0T I tested was not one of those. With all-wheel drive, a Premium Plus package and a few miscellaneous options, my version's $53,845 as-tested price focused most of the A6's optional equipment inside the well-appointed and high-quality cabin. The A6 starts at $43,995 (all prices include destination).

For 2014, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine is now rated at 220 hp, up from 211 hp; compare the 2013 and 2014 Audi A6 here. The A6 I tested won't be mistaken for a sports sedan, even with the optional sport suspension it featured. Sedans like the 2014 BMW 528i, Lexus GS 350 or 2014 Cadillac CTS skew toward the more dynamic side of the segment; compare the A6 with those sedans here. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the most popular among this group; compare it with the A6 here.

Exterior & Styling
Audi's sedans share enough design similarities that it's hard to distinguish the A6 from the less-expensive and smaller A4, and the A4 from the even smaller A3, all of which take inspiration from the A8. All are certainly attractive sedans, but none is particularly flashy. Competitors like the E-Class, GS 350 and CTS have flash, curves and aggressive exterior styling, while the A6 has a more businesslike, straight-laced appearance. Of course, personal preference will determine which way you lean.

Our $53,845 A6 didn't stand out in any particular way, even with the "upgraded" 19-inch wheels that still appeared to have an entry-level finish. The $500 Moonlight Blue Metallic paint option also didn't stand out as a good way to spend $500. Every paint color except black and white costs $500.

How It Drives
On paper, the 220-hp rating sounds diminutive. Surprisingly, it's not. Audi's little four-cylinder engine moves the nearly 4,000-pound A6 without any strain or wheezing from under the hood. Zero to 60 mph comes in an estimated 6.6 seconds with Quattro all-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission leverages the engine's power and torque very well, leaving a flat spot of acceleration only off the line, where it takes the turbocharged engine a split second to wind up. The A6's four-cylinder won't ever be mistaken for a six-cylinder engine, which is what's offered in the brisker-accelerating Lexus GS 350 with all-wheel drive; there you'll find a more-powerful 306-hp V-6 standard for $50,860.

The Audi A6 2.0T's low horsepower rating doesn't mean you're exempt from using premium gasoline, which is the engine's preferred fuel. The all-wheel-drive version's fuel economy ratings of 20/29/23 mpg city/highway/combined are average; BMW pulls ahead with ratings of 22/33/26 mpg for its all-wheel-drive 528i, while the CTS four-cylinder with all-wheel drive is rated 19/28/22 mpg. Both of those cars also get their best economy and power with premium fuel.

The compelling story here is the A6's available 310-hp, supercharged V-6 that suffers only a 1 mpg ding in combined ratings (18/27/22 mpg) versus the four-cylinder, while offering a whole lot more punch. Stepping up to the 3.0T V-6 is a notable jump in price, though, because the V-6 is available only in the higher-optioned Premium Plus trim, starting at $55,995. Premium Plus models add navigation, front and rear parking assist with a backup camera, upgraded wheels and a driver information system. A similarly equipped four-cylinder 2.0T with all-wheel drive and the Premium Plus package ($50,395) represents a savings of $5,600. If you can swing the price increase, though, the V-6 is a no-brainer option considering the similar fuel economy and increased power. There's about an equal split of V-6 and four-cylinder A6s in Cars.com's national inventory.

The $1,500 Sport Package on Premium Plus trim levels adds a sport suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, and a three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters. The Sport Package provides an athletic, agile experience without killing your back in the process, even though it may not have the tenacity or precise steering feel of a BMW 5 Series or Cadillac CTS. The experience could have been better, though, if we'd had a legitimate set of summer tires replacing the winter tires our test car had; the winter ones squirmed during quick maneuvers. The A6's suspension pairs with Audi's rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive (40/60 torque split, front/rear), which reveals its secret sporty driving nature only on favorite s-curves coming home from work. Otherwise, stoplight-to-stoplight driving is perfectly comfortable, with stellar ride quality as-equipped. The A6 at highway speeds is an extremely confident machine even with winter tires.

Interior
Unlike the exterior, the A6's interior is easier to distinguish from the A4 thanks to higher-end materials and a design that plays off the A6's wider stance. Audi's interiors are continually the cream of the crop in each segment, and the A6 is no exception. It's on the inside where Audi gets creative with interesting materials, ambient lighting, distinctive headlights and technology.

Interior add-ons in my tester include the Premium Plus trim level's navigation and parking system, Bose sound system, blind spot warning system, upgraded steering wheel from the sport package, and that's it. The Nougat Brown interior and extremely attractive Fine Grain Ash natural inlays are no-cost trimmings. The visible pores of the Ash make the wood look living, even though it's plastered on the inside of a luxury car.

Front-seat comfort is exceptional with those Nougat Brown leather seats soaking up any road imperfections the suspension missed; heated front seats are now standard for 2014. The backseat is less comfortable, not much roomier than the A4 sedan — surprising considering the A6's advantage of 8.8 inches in overall length and 6 cubic feet of interior volume.

Cargo & Storage
The A6's trunk is more appropriate for the car's size than the backseat. The 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space is flat and rectangular, without any intrusions or odd shapes to keep large objects from fitting. It's competitive with most, though the Mercedes-Benz E-Class' 15.9 cubic feet is much larger. Still, the A6 swallows two golf bags with ease. Up front, there's adequate storage for phones and music players in the storage cubby, as well as cupholders.

Ergonomics & Electronics
A retractable 7-inch navigation screen is one of those show-off features that screams "luxury car." Included with Premium Plus — which costs an additional $4,300 on the 2.0T — the navigation system features Audi's Multimedia Interface with a controller knob as the main control point, augmented by a separate touchpad used for scribing letters and numbers for navigation directions or storing presets; I'm a fan of how well the pad recognizes inputs.

One feature I'd like to see added is a USB port for non-iPhones/iPods. The A6 lacks a simple USB port and instead includes a proprietary iPod cord with the older 30-pin connector. USB adapter cables are available, but it's inconvenient when $15,000 subcompact cars include a USB port standard.

Included with Premium Plus is Audi Connect online services, which uses a 3G wireless internet connection to enhance maps with Google Earth. The result is a real aerial view of your route, though it's not very seamless. Perhaps the switch to a faster 4G LTE wireless network will speed up the off-putting load times. Audi's A3 debuts with 4G LTE connectivity, and Audi says it plans to increase that availability to all models in the future. At current speeds, I wouldn't be very tempted to subscribe after the six-month trial.

Safety
The Audi A6 earns the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's highest crash-test rating of five out of five stars overall. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the A6 its best score, good, in front, side, roof-strength and head-restraint tests. The A6 hasn't undergone the institute's harder small overlap front crash test.

To see how well child-safety seats fit in the A6's backseat, see here. A backup camera is not a standard safety feature on the base, Premium model for $43,995; it's included in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels that start at $48,295 and $58,795, respectively. Blind spot monitoring is a $600 stand-alone option, while lane departure warning, pre-sense collision warning and adaptive cruise control with automatic braking are also optional. For more safety features, see here.

Value in Its Class
Nearly $54,000 for our Audi A6 would be a big pill to swallow for a midsize luxury car with a four-cylinder engine. While it may not be a bargain, I wouldn't call this particular trim level a rip-off, either. Luxury buyers will not be disappointed by the A6's well-appointed interior that oozes style. The Audi A6 2.0T trim level is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan with adequate power that should keep most shoppers content with acceleration. For those on the hunt for a sports sedan, though, the 2.0T's 220 hp won't satisfy.

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2014 A6 Video

For 2014, the turbocharged four-cylinder in Audi's A6 sedan received a power boost, but is it enough to keep up with the competition? Check out Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek's video for the answer.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Awesome

by MURAT from Pittsburgh on April 26, 2018

Happy owner. You feel safe driving this car even at high speeds. Excellent interior. Everything is where it needs to be. I know my next car will be another AUDI. Read full review

(4.0)

Great car, great looking, good fuel mileage

by Pburg375 on December 17, 2017

I really enjoy the Audi A6. My only reservation would be the 2.0T engine. Although very strong for a 4 cylinder, I think I would have been much happier with the 3 liter engine. 4 cylinder has too much ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Audi A6 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Audi A6 2.0T Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

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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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker