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2017 Audi A6 Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.9

The 2017 Audi A6 delivers near best-in-class performance and an engaging driving experience. The base turbocharged engine is powerful enough for all situations, and an optional supercharged V6 is even more so. Fuel economy from the standard engine is good compared to the rest of the class. Handling is nimble through turns and confident otherwise, though the ride is on the stiff side.

  • "The 2017 Audi A6 is a fun car to drive, especially considering its size and heft. Not many midsize luxury sedans forge such a gratifying connection with the driver." -- Edmunds
  • "If you liked the previous A6 and S6, you won't be disappointed. The A6 feels just as planted as ever. 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 (2016)
  • "While many automakers isolate the driver, the A6 still provides engaging and enjoyable German driving dynamics without any serious compromises. And even though we would never make the A6 2.0 TFSI our first choice for a sprint around a race circuit, it would be near the top of our list for a pleasant high-speed tour through a country – especially Deutschland." -- Autoblog (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 A6 comes standard with a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. With this engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are optional. Other trim levels come with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, which makes either 333 or 340 horsepower (depending on the trim), an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. The high-performance S6 features a 450-horsepower, turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, all-wheel drive, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

According to EPA estimates, the base A6 gets 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are good estimates for the class. V6 models get 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, and the S6 gets 18/27 mpg city/highway.

Each of the available engines provide good power and brisk acceleration. Passing power on the highway is admirable as well. Shifting is quick and seamless from either the seven-speed or eight-speed transmission, and it finds the correct gear easily.

  • "The 2.0T and 3.0T provide spirited acceleration in almost any driving situation and both transmissions deliver quick and unobtrusive shifts." -- Edmunds
  • "In our time with the 2017 Audi A6 3.0T, we found the supercharged V6 had no issues when it came to acceleration, passing power or smoothness of operation. The A6's 8-speed automatic transmission performed flawlessly, showing no sign of the lag and hunting we've experienced with other manufacturers' 8- and 9-speed transmissions." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The gain in horsepower allows the A6 to feel just a bit more nimble in traffic than its displacement figure could lead you to believe at first, … we caught ourselves repeatedly asking 'Is this the 2.0-liter version?' It was indeed, and with front-wheel drive the A6 felt more like a number of A4 sedans that we've recently driven." -- Autoweek (2016)

Handling and Braking

The A6 delivers sporty and agile handling reminiscent of a smaller sports car, especially around turns. Standard front-wheel drive is aided by excellent weight distribution, while the optional all-wheel drive boosts performance and helps the car stick to the road. However, the A6’s ride quality is stiff and far from the comfort of other rivals. 

  • "Despite its midsize designation, the 2017 Audi A6 feels smaller and more nimble than one would expect, nearly mimicking the performance of the Audi A4 in the turns." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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. We haven't driven the new Competition model yet, but we'd expect the same to hold true; this one is best left for those who like to drive on twisty roads." -- Edmunds
  • Although the A6 uses a front-drive platform, its weight distribution has never been more balanced, and the all-wheel-drive system can send up to 60 percent of torque to the rear wheels for improved control. The result is a car that feels smaller and lighter than it really is, especially with one of the Sport packages. The ride isn't as smooth as in some other luxury sedans, though, so resist the temptation to order those gorgeous 20-in wheels." -- Autotrader (2016)

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