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2017 Audi S6

$52,615 — $82,540 NEW and USED
Sedan
5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.0) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Amazing acceleration
  • Outstanding ride quality
  • Excellent seat comfort
  • Subtly aggressive appearance

The Bad

  • Steering lacks feedback
  • Backseat really fits only two
  • Options make sticker price climb quickly
  • Summer tires only
2017 Audi S6 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Audi S6
  • 450-hp, twin-turbo V-8 engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Seats five
  • Navigation system standard

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi S6 is the muscle car of the A6 line, highlighted by its 4.0-liter V-8 engine with twin turbochargers. The V-8 makes 450 horsepower, and it teams with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard.

What's Special

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

Here's info on the regular A6:
What it is: The Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of gas engines: a turbocharged four-cylinder or a supercharged V-6.  Audi has stopped offering a turbo-diesel V-6 while it works to resolve an emissions-cheating scandal. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. A related S6 performance version comes with a 450-hp, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.
New for 2017
A smartphone interface that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on V-6 models and optional on four-cylinder cars. A new all-wheel-drive 3.0T Competition model has 340 hp (7 hp more than other V-6 models), a rear sport differential, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers and black mirror housings. Inside, the leather sport seats have diamond-pattern contrast stitching and a flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles.
Significant Standard Features

  • 252-hp, turbochar...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi S6 is the muscle car of the A6 line, highlighted by its 4.0-liter V-8 engine with twin turbochargers. The V-8 makes 450 horsepower, and it teams with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard.

What's Special

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

Here's info on the regular A6:
What it is: The Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available with front- or all-wheel drive and a choice of gas engines: a turbocharged four-cylinder or a supercharged V-6.  Audi has stopped offering a turbo-diesel V-6 while it works to resolve an emissions-cheating scandal. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. A related S6 performance version comes with a 450-hp, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.
New for 2017
A smartphone interface that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on V-6 models and optional on four-cylinder cars. A new all-wheel-drive 3.0T Competition model has 340 hp (7 hp more than other V-6 models), a rear sport differential, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers and black mirror housings. Inside, the leather sport seats have diamond-pattern contrast stitching and a flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles.
Significant Standard Features

  • 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power moonroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine (340 hp in 3.0T Competition model)
  • All-wheel drive
  • LED headlights
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone interface
  • Audi Connect communication system with 4G LTE connectivity
  • Heated rear seats and ventilated front seats
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Backup camera
  • Night vision with pedestrian and animal detection

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)
(3.0)

Disappointing test drive

by DLNH from NH on December 20, 2017

I really wanted to like the S6. C&D magazine gave it a win against the F10 M5 and E65. I drove it twice, extensively, because I really wanted to like it. Pros: The engine and transmission allow for ... Read full review

(5.0)

New S6 V8 Prestige

by dickie from Denver, CO on June 24, 2017

Very elegant, smooth-driving understated beast. Feels like a nimble tank (3 driving modes) gripping the road with not-so-subtle 4 exhaust rumble. Has the latest in technology, with the great easy-to-... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Audi S6 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 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.

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