2003 Audi S6

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of the 2003 Audi S6. Base trim shown.

2003 Audi S6 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Introduced for the 2002 model year as a high-performance companion to the A6 Avant wagon, the S6 Avant features a sport suspension, 17-inch Avus alloy wheels and gray birch wood interior trim. Both of these midsize Avant wagons from Volkswagen’s luxury division get only a modest list of changes for the 2003 model year. A passenger-side seat memory is no longer standard, and the interior monitoring system was decoupled from the S6 Avant’s alarm. LATCH child-safety seat anchors and tethers have been added to the two rear seating positions.

In contrast to the 220-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that powers the A6 Avant, the performance-oriented S6 Avant gets a 4.2-liter V-8 that whips up 340 hp. Both wagons are equipped with Audi’s quattro permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system and a five-speed-automatic transmission.

Exterior
Smooth, flowing lines highlight the A6 series and its S6 cousin. The A6 first debuted in 1998 and earned a front-end restyling two years later. Freshening for 2002 included a new front end with clear glass headlights. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are standard, and front and rear fog lights are installed on all Avants. Servotronic speed-sensitive steering is standard on the S6 Avant.

As part of its sport suspension, the S6 Avant’s body has been lowered by 20 millimeters, its spring rates are 30 percent stiffer than usual, and larger-diameter stabilizer bars are installed. Six-spoke cast-alloy wheels hol...
Vehicle Overview
Introduced for the 2002 model year as a high-performance companion to the A6 Avant wagon, the S6 Avant features a sport suspension, 17-inch Avus alloy wheels and gray birch wood interior trim. Both of these midsize Avant wagons from Volkswagen’s luxury division get only a modest list of changes for the 2003 model year. A passenger-side seat memory is no longer standard, and the interior monitoring system was decoupled from the S6 Avant’s alarm. LATCH child-safety seat anchors and tethers have been added to the two rear seating positions.

In contrast to the 220-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that powers the A6 Avant, the performance-oriented S6 Avant gets a 4.2-liter V-8 that whips up 340 hp. Both wagons are equipped with Audi’s quattro permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system and a five-speed-automatic transmission.

Exterior
Smooth, flowing lines highlight the A6 series and its S6 cousin. The A6 first debuted in 1998 and earned a front-end restyling two years later. Freshening for 2002 included a new front end with clear glass headlights. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are standard, and front and rear fog lights are installed on all Avants. Servotronic speed-sensitive steering is standard on the S6 Avant.

As part of its sport suspension, the S6 Avant’s body has been lowered by 20 millimeters, its spring rates are 30 percent stiffer than usual, and larger-diameter stabilizer bars are installed. Six-spoke cast-alloy wheels hold 17-inch performance tires. Other than the aluminum hood, Audi bodies are made of fully galvanized steel and are covered for 12 years against corrosion. The S6 Avant’s roof rails are aluminum-trimmed.

Interior
Audi buyers expect elegance, and that’s what they get in both the A6 and S6 Avants. Both have ample room for five adults, with heated front seats and a split, folding rear seat. 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, which grows to 73.2 cubic feet when that seat is folded down.

Wood trim on the doors, center console and the dashboard adds a touch of warmth. Leather seating surfaces are standard. Audi’s Symphony II stereo system comes with a cassette player and an in-dash six-CD changer, and it works with a Bose 200-watt premium sound system that includes a subwoofer. Parktronic parking-assist and navigation systems are optional.

Under the Hood
Befitting its high-performance status, the S6 Avant holds a 340-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 engine. The five-speed-automatic transmission employs a Sport mode and a Tiptronic manual-shifting provision that operates with switches mounted on the steering wheel. Audi’s Dynamic Shift Program and hill-detection capability select from more than 200 shift patterns.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are standard for the front seats and optional for rear occupants. Curtain-type airbags deploy along the front and rear side windows during a side-impact collision. Antilock brakes and Audi’s Electronic Stabilization Program are standard.

Driving Impressions
The S6 Avant is no ordinary wagon. Buyers of this car get all the luxury touches of the A6 Avant, as well as a smooth ride, quiet operation and confident handling characteristics. They also benefit from V-8 power, which translates into seriously energetic action whenever the gas pedal is pressed.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 12/18/02

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Audi s6 Avant

by Skibum from Lafayette, Co. on May 11, 2018

Simply the best wagons ever sold in the U.S. Everything about it is just amazing. The performance and craftsmanship is second to none. Nothing quite like a 155 mph family car. Why buy a boring suv. Read full review

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A Practical SuperCar

by carlover from Brattleboro, VT on October 8, 2010

Great Car. Owned one from 2003-2009. 190,000 trouble free miles 20+ mpg with light foot, but too much fun with heavy Great in snow! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2003 Audi S6 currently has 2 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 S6 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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