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2010 Audi S6

$16,292 — $22,240 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
16 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Abundant power
  • No throttle lag
  • AWD feels like RWD
  • Handling
  • Interior quality
  • Large trunk

The Bad

  • No stick shift or dual-clutch automatic
  • Gas mileage
  • Some highway wind noise
  • Smallish cabin

What to Know

about the 2010 Audi S6
  • Based on A6 sedan
  • 435-hp V-10
  • Six-speed automatic, AWD
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Updated navigation system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The S6 is a high-performance version of Audi's A6 sedan, which is covered separately in the Research section. The S6 has a 435-horsepower V-10, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. The S6 comes only as a sedan in Prestige trim. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Infiniti M.

New for 2010
For 2010, the S6 gains an updated version of Audi's Multi-Media Interface, which governs the navigation system, onboard computer, stereo and other functions. Also, heated rear seats are now standard.

Exterior
The S6 looks the part of a gussied-up A6, with bumper-mounted LED lights in place of the A6's lower fog lights. Unique front and rear bumpers, aluminum trim on door- and windowsills complete the package.
  • Standard 19-inch wheels
  • 18-inch wheels optional
  • Deeper front and rear bumpers than A6
  • Standard bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights


Interior
Besides unique leather seats with S-line logos and thicker side bolsters, the S6's wraparound cockpit sees few changes from the A6. It comes standard with many features that are optional on the lesser A6. For 2010, Audi's third-generation MMI system gains improved map scrolling thanks to a joystick atop the controller knob. Audi substantially improved the system's graphics, too.
  • Standard leather upholstery and power front seats
  • Standard six-CD Bose stereo with full USB/iPod compatibility
  • Standard navigation system
  • Standard moonroof
  • Stan...
Vehicle Overview
The S6 is a high-performance version of Audi's A6 sedan, which is covered separately in the Research section. The S6 has a 435-horsepower V-10, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. The S6 comes only as a sedan in Prestige trim. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Infiniti M.

New for 2010
For 2010, the S6 gains an updated version of Audi's Multi-Media Interface, which governs the navigation system, onboard computer, stereo and other functions. Also, heated rear seats are now standard.

Exterior
The S6 looks the part of a gussied-up A6, with bumper-mounted LED lights in place of the A6's lower fog lights. Unique front and rear bumpers, aluminum trim on door- and windowsills complete the package.
  • Standard 19-inch wheels
  • 18-inch wheels optional
  • Deeper front and rear bumpers than A6
  • Standard bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights


Interior
Besides unique leather seats with S-line logos and thicker side bolsters, the S6's wraparound cockpit sees few changes from the A6. It comes standard with many features that are optional on the lesser A6. For 2010, Audi's third-generation MMI system gains improved map scrolling thanks to a joystick atop the controller knob. Audi substantially improved the system's graphics, too.
  • Standard leather upholstery and power front seats
  • Standard six-CD Bose stereo with full USB/iPod compatibility
  • Standard navigation system
  • Standard moonroof
  • Standard heated front and rear seats
  • Standard 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Optional carbon fiber interior trim


Under the Hood
The S6 is stoked by Audi's first-ever V-10 engine, a normally aspirated (non-turbocharged, non-supercharged) 5.2-liter with direct injection. It combines the generous torque characteristics of a high cylinder count with the high-rev output of a 7,000-rpm redline, and it's good for a 5.1-second zero-to-60-mph time, according to Audi.
  • 435 hp at 6,800 rpm, 398 pounds-feet of torque at 3,000-4,000 rpm
  • Standard rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Standard six-speed automatic


Safety
Safety options include a blind spot warning system that illuminates a light on the side mirror if a car occupies that side's blind spot. Side-impact airbags for the rear seats are optional, too. Standard features include:
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control


Consumer Reviews

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2010 Audi S6 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Audi S6 has not been tested.

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 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker