2003 Audi S6

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$58,700

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2003 Audi S6

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2003 Audi S6 review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Audi s6 Avant

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.

5.0

A Practical SuperCar

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!

4.3

Collector

As an Audi collector, I would say that the model line-up for 2003 is Audi's best in recent history. I've owned all "S" models of that generation and currently own the C5 S6 and the MkI TT 225 of the same year. I would describe the S6 as the "Elegant Work-Beast" of the line-up. It does indeed, snugly fit between the S4 Avant & S8. It is as fast as both but not as agile as either. It has the weight & power of the S8 but a more narrow stance (cornering suffers). With that said~ I beleive that the S6 will be the ultimate collector of that generation (US spec only), even above the RS6, due to limited production & wagon-only status. In my opinion~ the RS6 is a beast of a car and I do respect it for what it is... but it was conceived for the US market in dollar-signs and marketing only. The RS4 was much more appropriate in driving dynamics (faster around the track). Even the A/S8 model is more appropriate for an RS version than the RS6. But the S6 is powered perfectly for it's stance. And is indeed the Ultimate Wagon of it's time.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
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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