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2017 Audi A6 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi A6 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

Luxurious materials, an elegant design, and strong build quality make the interior of the 2017 Audi A6 one of the best in the class. Seating is comfortable in all locations, and the second row has enough head- and legroom for full-size adults. Cargo space is average for the class. The infotainment features are easy to use with intuitive controls.

  • "The 2017 Audi A6 has one of the best cabins in its class, with an attractive dash layout, excellent materials quality and solid fit and finish." -- Edmunds
  • "The A6's refreshed cabin remains comfortable, well appointed and generally logical in layout, and Audi's impeccable build quality is now complemented with even more variety in available upholstery and trim." -- Autoblog (2016)
  • "The A6's cabin is a thing of beauty. Materials are exceptional, and practically every button, lever and knob oozes class." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The Audi A6 seats five on standard leather upholstery with eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats. Available options include premium leather, front sport seats, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, front seat memory settings, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats in the A6 are very comfortable and provide good support for long drives. It is also easy for the driver to see out of the car in all directions. The rear seat has enough space for tall adults, with ample legroom.

The LATCH system in the A6 has lower anchors on both outboard seats and a top tether anchor on the middle seat. All three tether anchors are easy to find and are visually distinctive from other hardware in the car. Lower anchors are recessed into a plastic housing in the seats, so they are easy to find and maneuver around with little effort required to attach the car seat straps.

  • "The rear seat is most accommodating for tall adults and, thanks to the low window beltline, offers excellent outward visibility." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The A6's front seats are supportive and comfortable, remaining so even on long trips. The spacious backseat offers more real-world legroom than most rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "The second row is spacious and can easily carry three adults. The front is comfortable and surrounds the driver with technology and the scent of leather." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 A6 include tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a 5-inch driver information display, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, Audi Pre Sense, and the MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen. Optional features include a four-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system, Bluetooth streaming audio, HD Radio, navigation, an 8.3 inch infotainment display screen, a touchpad with handwriting recognition, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch color driver-information system, proximity key entry, remote start, Audi Connect services, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, a 360-degree camera, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and night vision assistant.

The standard MMI infotainment system is controlled by a main knob located on the center console. An upgraded system allows for touch inputs as well as handwriting recognition. The interface functions well and processes commands quickly. Graphics are impressive, and the display in the instrument cluster earns praise. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay allow for integration of a smartphone.

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  • The infotainment system controls a dizzying array of functions, utilizing a dash-mounted pop-up screen and a knob and buttons on the center console. The system features logical menus and crisp graphics, and the 'MMI navigation plus' upgrade (standard on all except the base 2.0T Premium) includes USB integration and a touchpad that can recognize fingertip scrawls. It's sophisticated, but we still prefer BMW's iDrive or Mercedes' COMAND for overall ease of use. The upgraded MMI system can also serve as a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices, and adds Google Earth data to the navigation system while providing a simplified Google search for POIs. The Google Earth feature is essentially form over function, however, as it can make the map more difficult to comprehend at a glance." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 A6 sedan includes Audi's industry-leading MMI infotainment and navigational system that continues to astound with some help from Google Maps and Audi's smartphone interface." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The big news inside is an updated available MMI infotainment system, which now boasts improved processing power that allows the power-retractable eight-inch screen to refresh quickly and with fluid movement. Plus, much of the system's information can be simultaneously displayed on a new, easy-to-scan color display in the instrument cluster." -- Autoblog (2016)

Cargo

The A6 has 14.1 cubic feet of storage in its trunk, which is about average for the class. The rear seat can fold down to allow for longer items. However, the trunk opening is narrow compared to those of other cars, which can make it difficult to load some objects.

  • "The A6's 14.1-cubic-foot trunk is slightly below average for the segment, but we've found it generous in real-world testing, and the rear seatbacks fold and offer a pass-through when more space is needed." -- Edmunds
  • The trunk is roomy by absolute standards, but its usefulness is hurt by a somewhat narrow opening. We appreciate the fact that Audi includes strut-type lid hinges and spilt-folding rear seat backs as standard. Ditto the bag hooks, cargo tiedowns, and bumper-level load floor." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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