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2021 Audi A6

2021 Audi A6

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$54,900 — $59,800 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
24-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Strong turbo V-6
  • Rear-seat space
  • Cabin quality
  • Wagon’s versatility

The Bad

  • Lack of physical controls for climate system
  • Interior storage space
  • Sedan’s smallish trunk
2021 Audi A6 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 Audi A6
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan or Allroad wagon
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Turbo four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Two-touchscreen control system
  • Performance-oriented S6 and RS 6 Avant versions

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2021 Audi A6 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2021 Audi A6?

The Audi A6 is a mid-size luxury sedan that bridges the gap between the German automaker’s smaller A4 sedan and the full-size A8 sedan. Engines range from mild to wild, with the S6’s 444-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 falling into the latter category. 

Base sedans are powered by a 248-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 335-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 is available, and this engine also powers the Allroad wagon. All-wheel drive is standard. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class

What’s New on the 2021 Audi A6?

The A6 was redesigned for the 2019 model year; changes for 2021 consist of the reshuffling of some features within option packages. 

What Features in the 2021 Audi A6 Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Dual center touchscreens
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Power moonroof 
  • Heated front seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone connectivity

Available features include:

  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Head-up display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Sport suspension

Should I Buy the 2021 Audi A6?

With a choice of body styles and powertrains, there’s probably an A6 that will meet your luxury car needs. Interior quality is a familiar Audi highlight, but we’re less impressed by the A6’s adoption of many touch-sensitive controls. The sedan’s trunk is also on the small side.  

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5
2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Just purchased

by PJ from Annandale, VA on February 17, 2021

I originally owned an Audi A4, which was an excellent vehicle, very reliable. I expect no less from the A6, which offers all the latest in safety and convenience options. So far I am very pleased with... Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car!

by Leslie from Massachusetts on January 19, 2021

Got the premium plus with Executive pkg, black optic and V6. Love this car! Only had it a week, but happy with the purchase. Was originally looking at Mercedes as I had one for 13 years, prior to my ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 Audi A6 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2021 Audi A6 45 Premium

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

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
good
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
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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