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2013 Audi A6 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Audi A6 was new.


Performance: 8.2

The 2013 Audi A6 packs a combination of performance and comfort that most reviewers love. The A6 3.0T earns high marks for its ample power and nimble handling, while the base A6 2.0T gets great fuel economy.

  • "This isn't the most hard-edged sports sedan, but its balance of comfort and sporting aggression is commendable." -- Car and Driver (Audi S6) 
  • "Notably, the Audi knocked the venerable BMW 5 Series from its ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ perch when we pitted the two in a comparison test; it's simply the more engaging car to drive." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2013 Audi A6 requires a lighter touch around town than a BMW 5 Series sedan. At the same time, it feels more athletic than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. But more than a meet-in-the-middle compromise, the Audi A6 satisfies on both the comfort and performance fronts." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Audi continues to refine the driving character of its cars: They're getting more fun to drive. Top-line U.S. A6 models are fitted with the supercharged 3.0-liter direct-injected V6 that delivers shockingly robust and linear torque." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Audi A6 2.0T comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 211 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard, while all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are optional. The base A6 gets an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway, which is quite good for a luxury large car. A6 3.0T models come with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

For 2013, Audi has reintroduced the high-performance S6 sedan, which is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 420 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque at 1,400 rpm. A seven-speed automated manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Audi says that the 2013 S6 has a top speed of 155 mph, and that it will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Most reviewers say that the A6 3.0T is decidedly quick thanks to its ample horsepower and torque. The 3.0T model’s transmission is praised for its smooth, quick shifts, though one critic writes that it doesn’t always downshift as quickly as he would like. One reviewer notes that while the A6 2.0T gets great fuel economy with the CVT, it’s also not as much fun to drive.

  • The 8-speed automatic transmission is occasionally slow to downshift when more power is needed for highway passing and merging, but using the manual shift gate or optional steering-wheel paddles helps." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine has sharp response off the line and continues to pull with authority throughout the range. In Sport mode, the 3.0T's automatic upshifts smoothly under full throttle and downshifts with authority, matching revs to keep things smooth." -- Edmunds 
  • The continuously variable transmission (CVT) attached to the 2.0 in FWD applications remains an acquired taste: functional and calibrated for good fuel efficiency but not the stuff of enthusiasts' dreams." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The adjective ‘effortless’ comes to mind, as does the feeling of a naturally-aspirated V8." -- Autoblog (2012 3.0T) 

Handling and Braking

Though some reviewers would like more feedback from the A6’s steering system, most agree that the A6 is light on its feet and more nimble than many rivals when the road gets twisty. While some test drivers say that it’s not as athletic as the BMW 5-Series, most agree that the 2013 Audi A6 offers balanced handling and a fun driving experience.

  • A6 falls right in between its German rivals (BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class) for handling. It's more responsive than the Benz but not quite as ‘tossable’ as the BMW." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "There's plenty of grip, and the improved front/rear weight distribution and well-sorted suspension gives the A6 excellent balance and provides a more satisfying connection between car and driver." -- Edmunds 
  • "No matter the situation, driving the A6 is an exercise in ease. Wheeling into a tight parking space or charging a favorite onramp, this Audi never asks too much and always returns much more." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The steering feel remains very light in all modes, allowing for effortless turning but not a lot of road feedback." -- CNET (2012)

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