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2013 Audi A6 Review

A well-made interior, outstanding crash test results, and a good combination of horsepower and ride comfort propel the used 2013 Audi A6 to the top half of its class. However, elevated total ownership costs keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy with the base engine
  • Gorgeous, well-built interior
  • Smaller trunk than rivals

New for 2013

  • All-wheel drive became available in base A6
  • S6 reintroduced
  • Stop-start system in A6 3.0T and S6




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
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2013 Audi A6 Overview

Is the 2013 Audi A6 a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Audi A6 is a good used luxury midsize car that balances sporty handling and a comfortable overall ride. It has an attractive designer interior with lots of premium soft-touch materials. It also has a long list of available active safety features. An appealing high-performance trim, the Audi S6, is also available.

Used 2013 Audi A6 Performance and Interior

The A6 has two drivetrains. The base A6 has a 211-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission. There’s also a 310-horsepower, supercharged V6 engine with standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A seven-speed automatic transmission is available for the base engine. The A6 has adept handling that most rivals can’t match. Fuel economy ranges from 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the V6 engine in the all-wheel-drive Quattro A6 up to 25/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.0T with front-wheel drive.

The S6 has a 420-horsepower twin-turbo engine. A seven-speed automated manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. It has a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

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The 2013 Audi A6 sedan seats five in two rows. The front row is spacious, but some may find the second row a bit too low for comfort. The A6 has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a middle-seat tether anchor. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Available features include heated front and rear seats and cooled front seats. The A6 has one of the smaller trunks in the segment.

The A6 is filled with technology features. The Audi MMI infotainment system consists of a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and auxiliary jacks. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control and a voice-controlled navigation system with hand-writing recognition and Audi Connect. Audi Connect creates a wireless hot spot that can support up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The infotainment system is intuitive to use, but some rival systems – like Mercedes-Benz’s – are easier to use.

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Used 2013 Audi A6 Prices

The price of a used 2013 Audi A6 ranges from about $18,100 for the base FWD 2.0T Premium trim to around $24,400 for the AWD 3.0T Prestige trim level. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location. No pricing information is available for the S6.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Audi A6?

J.D. Power awarded the 2013 A6 a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That’s above average for the industry as a whole, but many cars in this class have a score of four or five.

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How Safe Is the A6?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Audi A6 a Top Safety Pick. The A6 earned the top rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, roof, side, and rear crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the A6.

The A6 comes with no standard active safety features. Available features include a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, forward and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, night vision assistant with pedestrian detection, a head-up display, and top- and corner-view parking cameras.

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Is the 2013 A6 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Audi A6 is part of a generation that launched for 2012. The model’s exterior was restyled in 2016. A used 2012 A6 will most likely cost you less than a used 2013 model, but you’ll miss out on the upgraded stereo systems offered for 2013. Further, the S6 model wasn’t produced until 2013. If you have extra wiggle room in your budget, you may want to consider a used 2014 A6 to get standard heated front seats and a more powerful engine. 

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Which Used Audi A6 Is Right for Me?

There are four trim levels for the 2013 A6: Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige, and the performance-oriented S6. The Premium trim offers Bluetooth, keyless start, cruise control, automatic headlights, alloy wheels, and tri-zone automatic climate control. The Premium Plus offers Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running light technology, and an infotainment system with 7-inch screen. The Prestige trim has adaptive Xenon headlights, 12-way power-adjustable seats, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, and a 14-speaker stereo system. The S6 offers sport seats with integrated head restraints, an adaptive air suspension, and custom front brakes. The Premium Plus trim is a good choice with its mixture of features that boost functionality over those found in the Premium trim.

Even with the A6’s above-average reliability, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Audi A6 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Audi A6 or 2013 BMW 5 Series?

The 2013 BMW 5 Series and the A6 are similar in many areas, but they differ in two key ways: interior and safety. The A6’s interior has standard leather upholstery, many soft-touch surfaces, and more rear legroom than the 5 Series. The Audi also has a perfect safety rating. The BMW has better performance and more athletic handling, and its top engine produces 550 horsepower. Your choice comes down to a nicer interior or more dynamic performance.

Which Is Better: 2013 Audi A6 or 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi A6 have some of the best interiors in the luxury midsize class. They also share perfect safety ratings. Performance is where they differ. The A6 has more dynamic handling, while the E-Class delivers a ride befitting a cruiser. In the end, both are good vehicles.

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