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2011 Audi A6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Audi A6 was new.


Interior: 8.5

While most shoppers expect luxurious materials and fine workmanship at this price point, the 2011 Audi A6 takes it to an entirely new level. Reviewers say the A6's interior is well-executed with comfortable seating and soft-touch materials. It has a modern appearance that sets it apart from more old-world luxury cars and features an impressive list of standard features.

  • "Exquisite materials, meticulous fit and finish and an overall attractive design. If you bought one based on its luxurious cabin alone, you wouldn't be disappointed." -- Edmunds
  • "The A6's cabins offer exceptional materials and assembly quality with an overall smart, modern ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Audi continues to produce interiors that rank among the best available in the sport-luxury realm. High-quality materials such as real wood, brushed aluminum, and Volterra leather give an air of relaxed elegance, while well-designed electronic controls mean the car's impressive performance can be tapped with minimal distractions from the dashboard." -- CNET


According to auto writers, the 2011 A6’s seats are comfortable in all five positions. In particular, they note that the front seats are adjustable and well-bolstered.

  • "The seats are supportive all around. Note that smallish door openings complicate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Our car's sport seats were very comfortable, the driving position helped by full-power adjustments, including movable lumbar support, and a power-tilting and power-telescoping wheel." -- CNET
  • "Everything is oriented around the driver." -- New Car Test Drive.

Interior Features

Critics report that the A6's cabin features high-quality materials and excellent fit and finish. All models come standard with the latest iteration of Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) -- which allows drivers to control all climate and entertainment functions through a single device. Though the system has been criticized in the past for being too complicated to learn, reviewers say it has become more intuitive. Many even report that it’s easier to learn than BMW’s iDrive system. Navigation is standard on every 2011 Audi A6.

  • "All A6 sedans and Avant wagons come with the Multi Media Interface (MMI) vehicle management system, which controls entertainment, communication and optional navigation functions via a 7-inch LCD display and a mouselike controller with supporting buttons mounted on the center console. There is a steep learning curve involved, but it's much more user-friendly than BMW's iDrive system." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the electronics are improved. The A6 features the third-generation of Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI). The changes are mainly internal. For example, there are now just two control units for the MMI instead of five or more. The graphics are somewhat more sophisticated, if not outstanding. There is a new joystick on top of the controller knob to let you navigate more easily. MMI is a complex system, but we'd argue that it remains more intuitive than BMW's iDrive." -- Car and Driver
  • "Audi's MMI system generates mixed reactions from our testers. Some say it's easier to use than BMW's iDrive, others do not. Regardless, it's still a distraction versus conventional switchgear. Other controls are handy and intuitive, but the CD changer resides in the glovebox out of easy driver reach." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Most controls are satisfactory, but Audi's MMI setup is still too complicated and the display screen isn't in the driver's line of sight." -- Cars.com
  • "The optional DVD navigation system is reasonably intuitive for basic operations, but configuring the route map to display your preferred combination of services and landmarks, for example, can be time-consuming and frustrating to the uninitiated or anyone averse to reading the owner's manual." -- CNET


The 2011 Audi A6 provides 15.9 cubic-foot trunk -- fairly large for this class of car, but still bested by a few competitors. The Jaguar XF, for example, provides 17.7 cubic feet of trunk room. Meanwhile, the Cadillac DTS offers 19 cubic feet and the Lincoln MKS offers 18 cubic feet. Despite the A6’s competitive cargo room, reviewers complain that interior storage bins are too few and too small.

  • "Sedan trunks huge for the class, long and fairly wide. They have nonintrusive strut hinges and handy grocery-bag hooks. Rear seatbacks fold 60/40. All doors have generously sized map pockets, but interior storage is otherwise subpar." -- Consumer Guide

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