2018 Audi A6

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$49,700–$58,000 MSRP range
(4.9) 7 reviews
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Audi A6. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    252-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Strong acceleration
  • Top-notch interior quality, attention to detail
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Multimedia system performance
  • Excellent visibility

The Bad

  • Numb steering
  • Not much legroom in back
  • Hard to tell apart from other Audi sedans
  • Audi Connect requires its own data plan

Notable Features of the 2018 Audi A6

  • Navigation system now standard
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 gas engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone connectivity available
  • High-performance S6 version available

2018 Audi A6 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi A6 is a mid-size luxury sedan available with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of gas engines: a turbocharged four-cylinder or a supercharged V-6.  Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. A related S6 performance version comes with a 450-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.

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New for 2018

A navigation system and the Audi Advanced Key are now standard. Premium Plus trim levels add LED headlights and cabin lighting while the Prestige version gains a 360-degree camera system.

S6
The S6 is the muscle car of the A6 line, highlighted by its 4.0-liter V-8 engine with twin turbochargers. The V-8 teams with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.

What's Special

  • Adaptive air suspension with lowered ride height
  • Available full-LED headlights
  • Available Black Optic Package with gloss-black exterior trim and 20-inch wheels
  • Available Sport Package with sport differential, dynamic steering

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Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi A6 is a mid-size luxury sedan available with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of gas engines: a turbocharged four-cylinder or a supercharged V-6.  Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. A related S6 performance version comes with a 450-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.

(Skip to details on the S6)

New for 2018

A navigation system and the Audi Advanced Key are now standard. Premium Plus trim levels add LED headlights and cabin lighting while the Prestige version gains a 360-degree camera system.

S6
The S6 is the muscle car of the A6 line, highlighted by its 4.0-liter V-8 engine with twin turbochargers. The V-8 teams with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.

What's Special

  • Adaptive air suspension with lowered ride height
  • Available full-LED headlights
  • Available Black Optic Package with gloss-black exterior trim and 20-inch wheels
  • Available Sport Package with sport differential, dynamic steering

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Latest 2018 A6 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love my car!!

by KT's New Car from Cary, NC on August 12, 2018

This is my third Audi. I still have my 2010 and it runs super. I saw my new car when I was at the dealer for maintenance on the 2010 and decided to buy the 2018 for some of the new features. They are ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I've ever owned

by kmac from Boston MA on June 12, 2018

A6 3.0T Prestige w/ cold weather, driver assistance, and comfort seating package. This is the first car I owned that I look forward to driving, every day. I've owned it for a year and it hasn't ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Audi A6 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Audi A6 2.0T Premium

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
marginal
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.

    See inspection details.

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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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