2018 Audi A6

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2018 Audi A6 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.6

Interior Summary:

The 2018 Audi A6 hasn’t been redesigned as recently as many other cars in the class, but it still boasts one of the nicest interiors among luxury midsize sedans. Soft-touch materials are everywhere, and both rows of seats are spacious and supportive. There are plenty of standard and available tech features, headlined by the easy-to-use MMI infotainment system. Trunk space is average for the class.

  • "The materials and construction of the A6 are top-notch. The knobs and buttons have a satisfying heft, and all interior surfaces are attractive and pleasing to the touch. Yes, this Audi is getting on in years, but it gives up little (if anything) to newer rivals." -- 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. Leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable, heated front seats come standard. Premium leather upholstery, 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 are available.

The A6 has two rows of comfortable, roomy seats. The front seats remain supportive on long trips, and drivers will appreciate the outstanding visibility. The rear seats have plenty of headroom for tall passengers, and there’s more legroom than in most rivals.

The A6 has complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 A6 include tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation, a 5-inch driver information display in the gauge cluster, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, Audi Pre Sense, and the MMI infotainment system with an 8.3-inch infotainment display screen and navigation. In previous years, the 8.3-inch screen and navigation were optional.

Optional features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system, Bluetooth streaming audio, HD Radio, 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 A6 hasn’t been redesigned recently, and most of its competitors have. However, this Audi still manages to keep up with the Joneses from a technological standpoint. The MMI infotainment system is regarded as one of the best and most user-friendly systems on the market. It has sharp graphics and responds quickly to inputs.

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  • The A6 still makes do with Audi's previous-generation MMI tech interface – the controller is of an older design and you can't get the nifty Virtual Cockpit gauge display available on Audi [models such as] the A4, A5 and R8. It's also less advanced than the interfaces of its newer Benz and Bimmer rivals. However, this version of MMI still works, and we wouldn't consider it a major demerit." -- Edmunds
  • "… the 2018 A6 sedan includes Audi's MMI infotainment and navigational system that continues to dazzle with some help from Google Maps and Audi's smartphone interface. While the A6 has yet to receive Audi's Virtual Cockpit, a fully configurable digital dashboard, a screen between the gauges has the ability to relay similar content, including maps." -- 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 a 14.1-cubic-foot trunk, which is average for a luxury midsize car. The folding rear seats give you the flexibility to transport larger items. The trunk's narrow opening, however, makes loading bigger objects a challenge. The liftover height is low, which is a plus. A power trunk lid is available.

  • The A6's 14-cubic-foot trunk is smaller than those of rivals, and indeed most midsize sedans. It's still deep, wide and easily accepts bulkier items, but others are still better. The low liftover height is appreciated." -- Edmunds
  • "At over 14 cubic feet, the trunk is well-sized." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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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