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2016 Audi A6 Review

The 2016 Audi A6 does a spectacular job of balancing performance and comfort. It falls slightly behind a few rivals that have better reliability ratings and are less expensive to own, but this is more a reflection of the excellence of the class than a knock against the Audi.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Great fuel economy
  • Well-built, attractive interior
  • Composed handling
  • Firmer ride quality than some rivals

New for 2016

  • Front and rear exterior styling updates
  • 2.0T, 3.0T, and S6 gain horsepower
  • Improved fuel economy for most trims
  • Continuously variable transmission discontinued
  • Updated infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Audi A6 Overview

Is the 2016 Audi A6 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Audi A6 is a great used car. It has one of the best cabins in the luxury midsize car class, accented with top-notch materials like real wood and aluminum trim. The infotainment system is simple and elegant, and the safety rating of this Audi is outstanding. Performance-wise, the A6 offers great handling and a range of powerful, fuel-efficient engines.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Audi A6 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 40 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Audi A6?

The average price of a 2016 A6 is $35,900, based on 270 listings for this vehicle on our used car site. That's a little more than you'd likely pay for many class rivals, including the 2016 Infiniti Q70. However, it's less than the average price of a 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2016 BMW 5 Series. For the 2016 A6, differences in trim level, options, mileage, and condition result in an overall price range between $26,000 and $46,000.  

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How Much Does the 2016 Audi A6 Cost to Own?

The A6's above-average ownership costs are one of the few obstacles that prevent it from earning a top spot in our rankings. Over five years, it will cost around $29,700 to fuel, insure, maintain, and repair a 2016 A6. These same expenses add up to only $27,900 with the 2016 Lexus GS –about $1,800 less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A6?

The 2016 A6 and 2018 A6 (part of the same generation) are both excellent luxury sedans. Out of the two, the 2016 model is the better buy. Its average price of $35,900 will save you almost $14,000 over the cost of an entry-level 2018 model (MSRP $49,700). While the new Audi A6 does offer a few advantages – like Audi's cutting-edge MMI infotainment and navigation system as standard – they don’t justify the steep price increase.

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Among 2018 luxury midsize cars, you won't find any high-scoring options that come close to the average price of a 2016 A6. If a smaller vehicle can fit your lifestyle, there are a few substitutes you might take a look at from the luxury small car class. Models that lead the pack with stellar performance and attractive interiors include the 2018 Kia Stinger ($31,900), the 2018 BMW 3 Series ($34,900), and the 2018 Audi A4 ($36,000). If one of these catches your eye, be sure to check out this month's Kia deals, BMW deals, or Audi deals to potentially save money on your new car.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Audi A6?

The 2016 Audi A6 has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s considered average across all cars, but a lot of luxury midsize sedans score better. Four Lexus models have perfect reliability scores.

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2016 Audi A6 Recalls

As of this writing, zero recalls have been issued on the 2016 A6.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A6 Is Best?  

The 2016 A6 is part of a generation that launched with the 2012 model year and includes the 2018 Audi A6. Our scores for the A6 are similar from 2014 and on, so you might consider a model from 2014 or 2015 to save money. That said, know that you’ll miss out on the 2016 A6’s front and rear exterior styling updates and more powerful engines.

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Which Used Audi A6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 A6’s trim levels are called the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, and there are two main engine choices, designated 2.0T and 3.0T. The 2.0T A6 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the 3.0T A6 has a supercharged V6 with standard all-wheel drive. There's also a performance-oriented S6 trim boasting a twin-turbocharged V8, as well as turbodiesel TDI models (see our note below on the Volkswagen diesel scandal).

A base 2.0T Premium comes with leather seats, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and Audi's MMI infotainment system. The 2.0T and the 3.0T Premium Plus models have front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded MMI infotainment system. The 3.0T Prestige adds ventilated front seats, a power trunk lid, and a head-up display. The performance-oriented S6 models feature a powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine, a sport-tuned suspension, stronger brakes, and sporty design details inside and out. If you can find a midlevel Premium Plus trim that fits your budget, we recommend spending the extra money for it to get additional safety features. 

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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 2016 A6 has an exceptional safety rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2016 Audi A6 a Top Safety Pick+, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded it five out of five stars overall.

The A6 lacks most standard active safety equipment. Available safety features include a rearview camera, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, night vision assist, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and collision warning with automatic braking.

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2016 Audi A6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A6 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the closest competitors of the Audi A6, as it also offers an impressive level of polish and opulence. Both of these cars are good choices, but the winning bid goes to the Audi. The A6 typically costs about $2,000 less to buy, and upkeep costs (such as fuel and insurance) are less expensive than with the Mercedes.   

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A6 or 2016 Cadillac CTS?

The 2016 Cadillac CTS has a slightly more powerful base engine than the Audi A6, but it feels less refined. Both have composed handling, strong available engines, and nice interiors. Because the A6 gets better fuel economy than the CTS, has more rear-seat space, and earns a higher safety rating, it's the better choice. 

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A6 or 2016 Lexus GS?

You'll get an excellent luxury sedan with either the 2016 Lexus GS or the 2016 Audi A6. The GS outranks the A6 when it comes to performance, as it delivers sharp handling and a smoother ride than you'll get with the Audi. The A6 is decent when it comes to expected reliability, but it can’t beat the GS’ perfect score. However, the A6’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets much better fuel economy than the GS’ V6 engine. The A6 also has a better infotainment system than the GS.

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2016 A6 Performance

How Does the 2016 Audi A6 Drive?

The 2016 Audi A6 has a standard 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A supercharged 333-horsepower V6 is available, as is a 240-horsepower turbodiesel engine (see our advisory on this last option, below). The high-performance 2016 Audi S6 has a twin-turbocharged 450-horsepower V8. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive are available. Handling is secure with every model, allowing the Audi to corner well. While the ride quality is not harsh, it does lean toward the firm side of the spectrum.

Does the 2016 Audi A6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base A6 gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. That's one of the highest ratings in the class. With its robust engine, fuel economy for the Audi S6 drops to 18 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway.

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2016 A6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 A6 Seat?

The 2016 Audi A6 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats that offer good comfort and support on long-distance trips.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Audi A6?

There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats, and the middle seat has a tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the A6’s LATCH system a score of Good – the highest possible – for ease of use.

2016 Audi A6 Features

The 2016 Audi A6’s standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control and Audi's MMI infotainment system. It features a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, an iPod input, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Available features include either a Bose or Bang & Olufsen audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, HD Radio, and quad-zone automatic climate control.

The A6 is also available with Audi's upgraded MMI Navigation Plus system. It includes Audi Connect, navigation, and a touchpad with handwriting recognition. Audi Connect includes a wireless hot spot that can provide Wi-Fi for up to eight devices. It also enables the navigation system to display Google Earth satellite imagery.

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2016 Audi A6 Dimensions

Audi A6 Cargo Space

The A6's 14.1-cubic-foot trunk is a little undersized for a luxury midsize sedan. You can expand this to accommodate oversized items by lowering the standard split-folding rear seat. Some models feature a power trunk lid.

Audi A6 Length and Weight

The A6 stretches just over 16 feet long, with a curb weight that ranges between 3,803 and 4,486 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Audi A6 Built?

The 2016 A6 was built at Audi's plant in Neckarsulm, Germany.

Is the Audi A6 Affected by the VW Diesel Scandal?

2016 A6 models equipped with a 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine are involved in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. To meet EPA emission standards, these engines require modifications that may change the car's driving performance and fuel economy.

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