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2019 Audi A6 Review

The 2019 Audi A6 finishes in the middle of our luxury midsize car rankings. It has a posh, comfortable interior with plenty of tech features and a potent available V6 engine, but many rivals have larger trunks and sharper steering.

Pros & Cons

  • Robust V6 engine option
  • Cushy ride
  • Expansive seating
  • Cutting-edge infotainment and tech features
  • Light, numb steering
  • Unimpressive trunk space

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Audi A6 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 A6 is a good used luxury midsize car. It's not the most athletic car in the class, but this sedan has capable engines, decent fuel economy, composed handling, and a plush ride. Inside, it has a luxe cabin, with roomy seats and plenty of features. There's so much to like about the A6 that we named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Luxury Midsize Car for Families award. 

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We’ve researched 16 Audi A6 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Audi A6?

Based on listings for the 2019 Audi A6, the average list price is $44,652. Prices range from $44,652 to $48,830 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Audi A6 Cost to Own?

The 2019 A6’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $33,750, or $6,750 per year. That’s about average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Audi A6: What's the Difference?

Audi redesigned the A6 for 2019, so there are a host of changes from the 2018 model. For 2019, Audi updated the engine lineup and discontinued the performance-oriented S6 (though it returned for 2020). Also for 2019, the A6 received a new dual-screen infotainment system, and Quattro all-wheel drive became standard.

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Here are the key changes for the Audi A6 over the last few years:

  • 2016: updated exterior styling; engines gained more horsepower; continuously variable automatic transmission discontinued
  • 2017: Competition trim introduced; rearview camera and parking sensors became standard; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became available
  • 2018: Competition trim discontinued; navigation added to standard features list; V6 engine received small horsepower boost
  • 2019: fully redesigned

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 A6, 2017 A6, and 2018 A6 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Audi A6?

The 2019 Audi A6 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Audi A6 Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:STARTER ASSEMBLY Recall Date: 03/18/2020
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Audi A6 vehicles equipped with mild-hybrid technology and 2.0TFSI engines. Moisture may enter the starter generator and cause an electrical short circuit.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 5471
  • Consequence: A short circuit in the starter generator increases the risk of a fire.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the starter generator, free of charge. The recall began by May 22, 2020. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 27H2.
  • Dates of Manufacture: DEC 31, 1899 to DEC 31, 1899
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 27H2
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V153000

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Which Used Audi A6 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Audi A6 comes in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Premium and Premium Plus trims feature a 248-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and are available with a 335-horsepower turbocharged V6. Prestige trims come standard with the V6. All A6 models have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive.

The base trim comes well-equipped, so you may not feel the need to look past it. If you do, the Premium Plus makes a good choice, as it comes with additional infotainment and active safety features.

When new, Audi offered a lot of options for the 2019 A6. That means you may be able to find Audi A6 models with features in addition to those listed here.

  • Audi A6 Premium: The A6 Premium comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a dual-display touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, three USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.
  • Audi A6 Premium Plus: On top of the base trim's features, the Premium Plus adds a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a 10.1-inch upper infotainment screen, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, wireless device charging, proximity keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a surround-view parking camera system.
  • Audi A6 Prestige: The Audi A6 Prestige comes standard with ventilated front seats, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, rear sunshades, power soft-closing doors, a power trunk, a head-up display, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is one of the best, according to our research. It's rivaled only by Lexus and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the A6?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 A6 the highest rating of Good in all six of the organization's crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+. In headlight testing, the Prestige and Premium Plus trims earned Good ratings for forward visibility, while the Premium trim received the second-lowest rating of Marginal.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The A6 earned the highest rating of Superior for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2019 A6.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Audi Pre Sense Basic (tightens the seat belts and automatically closes the windows and sunroof when sensors detect an impending frontal collision)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Head-up display
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Intersection crossing assist
  • Night vision assistant with pedestrian detection

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2019 Audi A6 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Audi A6 or 2019 BMW 5 Series?

The 2019 BMW 5 Series is a better vehicle than the Audi A6, though both are good luxury midsize cars. The 5 Series is more athletic than the A6, with nimble handling and several powerful engine options, including a few "M"-branded performance-oriented variants. The 5 Series has one of the biggest trunks in the segment and a long list of standard, user-friendly features. These rivals both offer luxurious interiors and ample passenger room, but the BMW has a higher predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2019 Audi A6 or 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is neck and neck with the A6 in our rankings, so the better choice will likely boil down to personal preference. The E-Class is available in sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon body styles. Both German cars have ample engine power and a controlled, comfortable ride, and the E-Class offers some high-performance Mercedes-AMG variants. Both have incredibly nice interiors, with comfortable seats and plenty of tech features.

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2019 A6 Performance

How Does the 2019 Audi A6 Drive?

You can get the A6 with a four-cylinder engine or a V6. Both are turbocharged, and both are good choices. The four-cylinder delivers ample power, and the V6 feels even more authoritative. The transmission works well, shifting smoothly and appropriately.

Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive comes standard in every A6, and it provides plenty of road grip. The A6's steering is a bit light, but the car has composed handling overall. The suspension soaks up road imperfections with ease, leading to a cushioned ride.

  • Base engine: 248-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 335-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2019 Audi A6 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the turbo-four engine, the A6 gets 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which are good ratings for a luxury midsize car. With the V6, ratings drop slightly to 22/29 mpg city/highway.

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2019 A6 Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 A6 Seat?

The 2019 A6 seats five people in two rows. This Audi features a stylish and attractive interior, with top-notch materials blanketing every square inch. It isolates occupants from outside noise, even at highway speeds. The seats are plush and supportive, and it's easy to find a comfortable driving position. Both rows of seats provide ample head- and legroom.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats

Available seating features:

  • Valcona leather upholstery
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Audi A6?

The 2019 A6 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good for ease of use.

2019 Audi A6 Features

The infotainment system requires a slight learning curve because of the dual-screen setup and a menu structure that requires multiple steps to adjust certain settings. Still, the system works well once you're used to it. The screens respond quickly to inputs, and there are physical controls for some functions.

  • Standard infotainment features: dual touch screens, Bluetooth, three USB ports, 10 speakers, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • Available infotainment features: a 16- or 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, wireless device charging, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, and a 10.1-inch upper infotainment screen
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof
  • Other available features: quad-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and power soft-closing doors

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2019 Audi A6 Dimensions

Audi A6 Cargo Space

This Audi gives you just 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Many other luxury midsize cars have larger trunks than the A6.

2019 Audi A6 Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,101 to 4,266 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Audi A6 Built?

Audi built the 2019 A6 in Germany.

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