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2015 Audi A6 Review

The 2015 Audi A6 sits in the top half of the luxury midsize car class. It features lively handling, a perfect safety score, and a lavish interior. However, its below-average reliability rating keeps it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Handsome interior
  • Poised handling
  • Abundance of high-tech features
  • Stiff ride in some models
  • Learning curve with infotainment controller

New for 2015

  • Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear became standard in some models
  • LED headlights and head-up display became standard in Prestige trim
  • Warm Weather package became available in some models

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2015 Audi A6 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi A6 a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Audi A6 is a solid luxury midsize car for folks who value handling agility over ride comfort. The A6 feels poised around sharp corners and boasts a range of powerful engines. Even the standard powertrain provides plenty of muscle. However, one downside in the performance department is that the available sport suspension can make the ride feel harsh on some surfaces.

Inside, you’ll find high-end materials, comfortable seating, and lots of tech features. The Audi Connect infotainment system has crisp graphics and intuitive menus, but its controller knob can be a bit of a pain.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 41 Audi A6 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Audi A6?

Based on nearly 150 listings for the 2015 Audi A6 on our site, the average list price is $26,400. Prices range from $20,900 to $35,000, depending on the trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Audi A6 Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs total $29,175, which is slightly higher than average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Audi A6?

The fully redesigned 2019 Audi A6 starts at $58,900, which is more than double the average price of a used 2015 model. If that fits your budget, however, give the 2019 model a spin. It offers standard all-wheel drive and a new turbocharged V6 engine. The 2019 A6 also comes with a dual-screen infotainment system that is more user-friendly than past versions.

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If you’re looking for a new luxury midsize car for the average price of a 2016 A6, you’re out of luck. However, you can find a new midsize car for about this price from a nonluxury brand. Both the 2019 Toyota Camry and 2019 Honda Accord are excellent choices. However, neither delivers the engine power or driving performance of the Audi.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A6 Is Best?

The 2015 A6 is part of the sedan’s fourth generation, which includes the 2012 through 2018 model years. The 2015 model saw several updates – mostly additional features that are only available in upper trims.

If you can do without a head-up display, LED headlights, or safety features like lane keep assist and Audi pre sense, you’ll get the best value and save the most money by purchasing a base model 2015 A6. The 2017 A6 is also worth considering for its standard rearview camera and parking sensors, in addition to available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi A6?

The 2015 A6 earns a three out of five for reliability from J.D. Power. While that’s about average for the automotive market as a whole, it’s subpar for the class.

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2015 Audi A6 Recalls

As of this writing, there are four reported recalls. Problems include the passenger-side air bag potentially deploying improperly, a coolant pump that can overheat or short-circuit, and an auxiliary heater connector that may overheat. Ensure all recalls are repaired before purchasing a 2015 A6.

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Which Used Audi A6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Audi A6 comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. There are two main engine choices: 2.0T and 3.0T. A high-performance S6 model is also available.

Most shoppers should go for models designated with 3.0T, as they feature a powerful V6 engine and all-wheel drive (AWD). When it comes to trim level, the A6 Premium Plus offers the best combination of value and technology. It has a standard rearview camera, parking sensors, keyless entry, and navigation system.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Infiniti, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the A6?

The 2015 A6 has an outstanding safety score. It received perfect five-star ratings in all crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which gave it an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The 2015 A6 also received the highest rating of Good in four out of four crash tests at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

No driver assistance safety features come standard. A rearview camera, parking sensors, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring are available.

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2015 Audi A6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A6 or 2015 Mercedes E-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6 are neck-and-neck when it comes to interior quality and reliability ratings. Choosing between these luxury midsize cars comes down to your performance preferences. While both sedans offer several powerful engines and nimble handling overall, the A6 is the more athletic option. The E-Class is a better fit for those seeking top-notch ride comfort. The E-Class’s infotainment system also has a steep learning curve, while the A6’s infotainment system has sharp graphics and overall user-friendly menus.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A6 or 2015 BMW 5 Series?

Like the Audi A6, the 2015 BMW 5 Series has an array of strong engines and agile handling. However, the 5 series is more comfortable than athletic. The BMW sedan doesn’t have as much trunk space as the Audi, but the availability of other models and body styles, including a hatchback 5 Series Gran Turismo, offer more room than the A6 sedan. The 5 Series is also available in fuel-efficient diesel and hybrid models. With the 5 Series, you can choose from a number of model and powertrain options that suit your personal driving needs. However, most shoppers will be pleased with the standard A6.

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2015 Audi A6 Performance

How Does the 2015 Audi A6 Drive?

The 2015 Audi A6 delivers admirable performance for a luxury midsize sedan. It comes standard with a 220-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. This engine delivers more power than you might except, producing rapid acceleration from a dead stop.

A brawny, 310-horsepower supercharged V6 engine and a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission are available. There’s also the Audi S6 for true performance enthusiasts. This model has a 420-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine and seven-speed manual transmission.

You may also find Audi A6 models with a turbodiesel V6 engine. These were affected by Audi’s diesel emissions scandal. They require modifications to meet EPA standards. Make sure these alterations have been made before you buy one, and keep in mind that those changes could alter performance and fuel economy.

The A6 has agile handling, a comfortable ride, and strong brakes. Models with an available sport suspension or larger wheels are more athletic, but they have stiffer rides. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all V6-powered models come with all-wheel drive (AWD).

Does the 2015 Audi A6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base A6 with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive returns 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Those are good fuel economy estimates for the class.

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2015 Audi A6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Audi A6 Seat?

The Audi A6 has one of the poshest cabins in the class, featuring genuine leather upholstery and real wood and metal accents. Up front, the standard heated seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear row provides good legroom for adults. Heated rear seats and ventilated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Audi A6?

The A6 has two complete second-row LATCH child-seat connections and an upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not rate this system for ease of use.

2015 Audi A6 Features

Every 2015 A6 comes equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control and Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, proximity keyless entry, navigation, an infotainment touch pad with handwriting recognition, and a premium Bose stereo.

The infotainment system in the A6 is fairly user-friendly. Its controller knob, on the other hand, takes some time to get used to.

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2015 Audi A6 Dimensions

Audi A6 Cargo Space

There is 14.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is decent for the luxury midsize car class. Split-folding rear seats are standard.

2015 A6 Length and Weight

The 2015 Audi A6 is just over 16 feet long. Models with the standard transmission have a curb weight of 3,726 pounds. The curb weight of models with the Tiptronic transmission range from 3,957 to 4,178 pounds, depending on the trim.

Where Was the 2015 Audi A6 Built?

Audi assembled the 2015 A6 in Germany.

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