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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Audi A6 Review

The 2017 Audi A6 sits in the middle of the highly competitive luxury midsize car class. It has thrilling driving dynamics, a top-notch interior, and excellent safety scores. Although its predicted reliability rating is average for the industry, it trails higher-ranked class rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Excellent fuel efficiency
  • Sporty driving dynamics
  • Elegant, premium cabin
  • Stiff ride

New for 2017

  • Competition trim introduced
  • Rearview camera and parking sensors became standard
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became available

2017 Audi A6 Overview

Is the 2017 Audi A6 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 A6 is absolutely a good luxury midsize car. This agile and fun-to-drive Audi is tuned for performance, with swift acceleration from a standstill. Inside, the A6 has an exquisite cabin with superb build quality, plenty of space in both rows, and a good amount of features for a luxury sedan. Moreover, the A6 boasts good fuel economy ratings and excellent safety scores. A firm ride is the one downside to a luxury sedan with traces of sports-car DNA.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2017 A6 – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 48 Audi A6 reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Is the 2017 Audi A6?

There are nearly 240 listings on our site for the 2017 Audi A6, with prices ranging from around $34,900 to $49,000. The average list price is $40,800. How much you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Audi A6 Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Audi A6 are about $30,850 – or $6,170 per year. That’s slightly above average for a non-hybrid luxury midsize car. Five-year costs for the 2017 BMW 5 Series and 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class are higher by roughly $1,250 and $1,425, respectively. The 2017 Cadillac CTS has lower estimated costs by about $1,520.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A6?

The 2018 Audi A6 gained a standard MMI infotainment system with navigation, and all models with the available supercharged V6 engine now have the same output (340 horsepower). However, the 2018 A6’s prices start at $49,700 and climb north of $71,000. The most expensive used 2017 model on our site costs $49,000. Save yourself some money, and buy the used model.

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There are several new luxury midsize cars for those who want to pay close to the average price of a used 2017 A6 ($40,800). The 2018 Genesis G80 ranks high in the class and starts at $41,700. It has a high-end interior, a long list of standard features, and a comfortable ride. The 2018 Lexus ES also ranks well and starts at just $38,950. Its upscale cabin has ample room and plenty of standard features.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A6 Is Best?

The 2017 Audi A6 is part of a generation that debuted for the 2012 model year. The 2013 A6 gained Quattro all-wheel drive as an option in the base A6. This model year also saw the reintroduction of the performance-oriented Audi S6, and start-stop system was added to the A6 3.0T and S6. The 2014 A6 added the available turbodiesel A6 TDI, a more powerful base engine, and standard heated front seats. The 2015 A6 gained standard Audi side assist and Audi pre sense in 3.0T and TDI models, as well as standard LED headlights and a head-up display in the Prestige trim. The 2016 A6 received exterior styling updates, more horsepower in select models (2.0T, 3.0T, and S6), improved fuel economy for most trims, the discontinuation of a CVT automatic transmission, and an updated infotainment system. For 2017, the A6 gained the Competition trim, a standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors, and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Since there are many changes over the years, there’s a lot to weigh. Safety-conscious shoppers will want to look at models from 2015 and later, which come standard with Audi pre sense on some trims. Tied to your iPhone or Android device? You’ll want the 2017 model, which has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Models from 2012 to 2014 are less expensive and have excellent handling and power, but these models have less standard features. They also may not be eligible for Audi’s certified pre-owned program. CPO vehicles come with an extended warranty and other benefits.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Audi A6?

The 2017 Audi A6 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. This rating is average for the industry, but a number of vehicles in this class have scores of four or five.

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2017 Audi A6 Recalls

There are two safety recalls at the time of this writing. The front passenger's air bag may improperly deploy, and the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners may not work properly. Make sure these recalls are resolved before purchasing the A6.

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Which Used Audi A6 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Audi A6 comes in four trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige, and Competition.

The base Audi A6 Premium has a turbo-four engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and more than enough features for most drivers. Standard amenities include leather upholstery, heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 5-inch information display, and the MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and Bluetooth.

If you step up to the Premium Plus trim, you'll get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, voice control, a larger 8.3-inch infotainment display, handwriting recognition, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and HD Radio. This trim also comes with remote start, a proximity key, four-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Prestige trim adds 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, and a head-up display. Opt for the competition trim for a more powerful supercharged V6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. It also adds premium leather, front sport seats, a sport suspension system, and additional styling enhancements.

A high-performance S6 model is also available in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. Its standard setup includes a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, Quattro all-wheel drive, and sporty upgrades like an S-model adaptive air suspension and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

When it was new, the A6 also offered a variety of packages, so some used models may come with additional features.

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Certified Pre-Owned Audi A6 Warranty

You may want to consider purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle. Audi has a good CPO program compared to other luxury brands. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional one-year/unlimited mileage comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

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How Safe Is the A6?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Audi A6 a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the A6 an overall rating of five out of five stars, with the same score in the frontal, side, and rollover crash tests.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, as well as front- and rear-parking sensors. Other models may also include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a 360-degree parking camera, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and automatic braking.

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2017 Audi A6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi A6 or 2017 BMW 5 Series?

The 2017 BMW 5 Series and the A6 are neck and neck in our rankings. However, there is a key difference between the Audi and the BMW. The 5 Series' driving dynamics lean more towards comfort, while the A6 is tuned for agility. The 5 Series has more trunk space and a slightly higher predicted reliability rating. However, the A6 comes with a significantly lower average list price and more standard features, including heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a rearview camera. Both models feature a strong group of engines, great fuel efficiency, and an upscale cabin. Personal preference will determine which model you choose.

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi A6 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Price and features are what differentiate the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class from the A6. The E-Class costs a lot more than the A6, but it offers additional features, including standard smartphone integration technology and available AirScarf neck-warming vents. The E-Class also has a good balance of agility and comfort, while the A6 is more focused on sportiness. However, the A6 has a larger trunk and better fuel economy estimates. Both are excellent vehicles, so choose the one that best suits your needs.

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi A6 or 2017 Cadillac CTS?

The 2017 Cadillac CTS has a lower average list price than the A6, and it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (optional in the A6). Additionally, the CTS does what the A6 doesn’t – it balances sporty handling with a serene ride. However, the Cadillac has an underwhelming base engine, poor fuel economy estimates, limited rear-seat space, and below-average predicted reliability. Stick with the A6.

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2017 A6 Performance

How Does the 2017 Audi A6 Drive?

A 252-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the 2017 Audi A6. It delivers spirited acceleration in the city and on the highway. For those on the hunt for more power, some A6 models up the ante with a 333- or 340-horsepower V6. Sports-minded shoppers should also consider the 450-horsepower V8 engine that is exclusive to S6 models.

A quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard, and some models come with a refined eight-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions pair well with their respective engines.

The A6’s performance is among the sportiest in the class, with sharp handling. In fact, the A6 drives like a much smaller car. However, the A6’s firm ride is a downside. Road bumps are noticeable throughout the cabin. Front-wheel drive is standard, but some models feature Quattro all-wheel drive.

Does the 2017 Audi A6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2017 Audi A6 delivers 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is a good rating among luxury midsize cars.

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2017 A6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 A6 Seat?

The 2017 Audi A6 seats five in two rows. Adults should have plenty of space in either row of comfortable, supportive seats. The A6 features an elegant cabin with standard leather upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats. Some models also include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, massaging front seats, and sport seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Audi A6?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the 2017 Audi A6's rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good for its ease of use.

2017 Audi A6 Features

Standard features include a 5-inch information display and a user-friendly MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Some models also include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, voice control, a larger 8.3-inch infotainment display, handwriting recognition, a 14-speaker or 15-speaker surround-sound system, and HD Radio.

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2017 Audi A6 Dimensions

Audi A6 Cargo Space

The 2017 Audi A6 has 14.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the class. The rear seats fold down, which allows you to carry long objects.

2017 A6 Length and Weight

The 2017 A6 is roughly 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight runs from some 3,860 pounds to 4,500 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Audi A6 Built?

The 2017 Audi A6 was built in Germany.

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