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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Audi’s A6 mid-size sedan was redesigned for 2019, and for 2020, the S6 model is rejoining the lineup. The sport-oriented version of the A6 sedan wears more aggressive styling and gets a new twin-turbocharged engine with a mild-hybrid component.

Related: ”A” for “Affordable”? 2019 Audi A6 Gets $4,800 Discount

Power comes from a new twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine that’s good for 444 horsepower and 443 pounds-feet of torque. It pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi says the S6 can sprint from zero-to-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Like other recently redesigned Audi models, it uses the automaker’s new 48-volt mild-hybrid electric system, which Audi says improves responsiveness off the line as well as fuel economy. A motor-generator captures energy under deceleration and stores it in a battery. There’s no word yet on fuel economy estimates, however.

Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive is again standard, with 60 percent of the torque going to the rear axle and 40 percent to the front. The automaker says that, when needed, the system can redirect power to the opposite axle, sending up to 70 percent of torque to the front or up to 85 percent to the rear wheels. On top of that, the optional Quattro sport differential system can split torque between each of the rear wheels, including directing nearly all the torque to one wheel.

Outside, the new S6 wears specific bumpers and a platinum, double-slat version of Audi’s signature grille, as well as aluminum exterior side mirror...

Audi’s A6 mid-size sedan was redesigned for 2019, and for 2020, the S6 model is rejoining the lineup. The sport-oriented version of the A6 sedan wears more aggressive styling and gets a new twin-turbocharged engine with a mild-hybrid component.

Related: ”A” for “Affordable”? 2019 Audi A6 Gets $4,800 Discount

Power comes from a new twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine that’s good for 444 horsepower and 443 pounds-feet of torque. It pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi says the S6 can sprint from zero-to-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Like other recently redesigned Audi models, it uses the automaker’s new 48-volt mild-hybrid electric system, which Audi says improves responsiveness off the line as well as fuel economy. A motor-generator captures energy under deceleration and stores it in a battery. There’s no word yet on fuel economy estimates, however.

Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive is again standard, with 60 percent of the torque going to the rear axle and 40 percent to the front. The automaker says that, when needed, the system can redirect power to the opposite axle, sending up to 70 percent of torque to the front or up to 85 percent to the rear wheels. On top of that, the optional Quattro sport differential system can split torque between each of the rear wheels, including directing nearly all the torque to one wheel.

Outside, the new S6 wears specific bumpers and a platinum, double-slat version of Audi’s signature grille, as well as aluminum exterior side mirrors. In back, it distinguishes itself from the rest of the lineup with cues like four S-specific tailpipes and a rear diffuser inlay in black chrome matte.

Inside, S6 extras include a heated, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with an S emblem, Valcona leather S sport seats with diamond stitching and stainless-steel doorsills with illuminated S logos. Other standard features include a full-color head-up display, MMI navigation with two touchscreens (10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and the Audi virtual cockpit system.

The 2020 Audi S6 will be available in Premium Plus and Prestige trims, starting at $74,895 for the former and $78,795 for the latter; both prices include a $995 destination charge. It goes on sale before the end of 2019.

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The 2020 Audi S6 currently has 0 recalls


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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

  • 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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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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