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2016 Audi A6 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Audi A6 was new.


Performance: 8.9

With secure handling and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines than last year, critics say the 2016 Audi A6 delivers a fun driving experience without sacrificing practicality or luxury.

  • "While many automakers isolate the driver, the A6 still provides engaging and enjoyable German driving dynamics without any serious compromises." -- Autoblog
  • "The 2016 Audi A6 is a fun car to drive, especially considering its size and heft." -- Edmunds
  • "With 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque on tap, the front-wheel drive A6 remains a nimble machine that hides its size well, something that A6 sedans from a decade ago had a tough time accomplishing." -- AutoWeek
  • "Acceleration is quick, the steering taut, the ride compliant. These cars have that confidence-instilling performance that will help you set fire to curvy roads. …" -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

The base 2016 Audi A6 2.0T is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 252 horsepower, which is 32 more than last year. The 3.0T has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 333 horsepower, which is 23 more than last year. The 2.0T model comes standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that was standard last year. An eight-speed conventional automatic is optional on the 2.0T and standard on the 3.0T. Fuel economy has increased for most models in the 2016 A6 lineup. The base A6 2.0T gets an EPA-estimated 24/35 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. 

The high-performance 2016 Audi S6 has 30 more horsepower than last year's model. Its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 now generates 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard. According to Audi, the 2016 S6 has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Test drivers say that the updated engine in the A6 2.0T now feels extremely powerful, offering performance that wouldn't feel out of place in an older V8 Audi. They add that the A6 3.0T's engine delivers strong acceleration and the S6 is surprisingly potent for such a luxurious car.

  • "The base four-cylinder engines are now tremendously capable, almost putting the old 4.2-liter V8s to shame without guzzling gas." -- AutoWeek
  • "We had a chance to sample the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, which had no trouble taking off when we kicked the spurs into it." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The S6, with its additional power, is still one of the best sleepers around. Most people will never suspect this car will go from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. … Perhaps the best part is how well this sedan provides luxurious features without compromising performance." -- Motor Trend

Handling and Braking

Front-wheel drive comes standard on the base 2016 Audi A6 2.0T. All-wheel drive is optional on the 2.0T and standard on higher trims. Test drivers say the 2016 A6 has secure handling that allows it to corner as well as class leaders. They write that its performance is aided by its optional all-wheel drive and its brakes, which are powerful without being touchy. However, the A6 has a firm ride compared with rivals, and the ride becomes too firm with the available 20-inch wheels, reviewers say.

  • "If you liked the previous A6 and S6, you won't be disappointed. The A6 feels just as planted as ever." -- Motor Trend
  • "In fact, for being a luxury midsize sedan, the 2016 Audi A6 actually feels smaller the faster you go and takes corners with the best of them, especially with help from the firm's quattro all-wheel-drive system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Braking is drama-free and stable - we have driven track-only racecars that aren't as competent from such speeds." -- Autoblog
  • "The brakes in the A6 feel confident without being overly touch-sensitive, and even under sudden braking the sedan does not nosedive excessively." -- AutoWeek
  • "Although the A6 has a composed ride that's never harsh, it's definitely firm, and there are sometimes more jolts than we'd like on rough pavement. For this reason, we recommend skipping the Sport package with its stiffer suspension tuning, especially if you're eyeing the 20-inch wheels." -- Edmunds
  • "The ride isn't as buttery-smooth as in some other fancy luxury sedans, however, so we suggest staying away from the gorgeous 20-in wheels, tempting as they may be." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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