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2019 Audi A6 Performance Review


Performance: 8.2

The 2019 Audi A6 has dynamic overall performance, with a capable four-cylinder engine and a refined V6 option that makes this car a good highway cruiser. The steering is light, but critics wish there was more feedback from the road.

  • "The A6 is more nimble than its predecessor. … This is a versatile car, asked to be many things to many people. Our first drive shows it is up to the task." -- Motor Trend
  • "Out on the road, the 2019 A6 continues in the finest German tradition of being a highway-crushing business sedan. Progress is swift and quiet at all speeds thanks to ample thrust from the muted turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, which makes 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Naturally, all-wheel drive is standard, and the system does well to put that power to good use through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission." -- Edmunds
  • "The bends in the Douro valley roads we drove had us loving the 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, but also wishing that the 'dynamic' mode were a bit more, well, dynamic. When preparing for corner entry and exit, for example, we were looking for the transmission to drop down another gear or two. Instead we ended up pushing more into the accelerator on corner exit to trigger downshifts; by the time all that had happened we were heading into another tight corner, losing the opportunity to build speed on any small straights encountered. It’s a testament to the monstrous engine that you can even pull that trick off, though." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2019 A6 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Available throughout the lineup and standard in the top-level Prestige trim is a turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The A6 has smooth, strong power delivery as you accelerate from a stop, and its shifts are quick and precise.

Models with the turbo-four engine get good fuel economy for the class, at 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The V6 fares a bit worse, returning 22/29 city/highway mpg.

  • "The V6 had no problem with the steep hills; after the obligatory pause for the turbo to wake up, the engine delivers a broad brand of largely silent thrust. Upshifts and downshifts are prompt and smooth, even at take-off—so much so that I had to double-check the spec sheet to verify that this was, indeed, a twin-clutch transmission and not a traditional torque-converter automatic." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "This one, the V6, is for people who like to flex their right ankles. The engine is the most exciting thing about the new car—as it should be—providing instantaneous thrust thanks to a torque curve that’s more of a flat line once you crack the throttle. It’s eager to rev throughout its powerband, and the dual-clutch gearbox snaps off shifts like a drummer playing rimshots. The turbo engine may lack some of the character of the supercharged V6 it replaces, particularly in the A6, where the exhaust sound is absolutely smothered, but it shames the old engine in power and flexibility." -- Car and Driver
  • "Power can surge a bit when you stomp on the gas at lower speeds, but it is a nice, smooth delivery at higher speeds." -- Motor Trend

Handling and Braking

The A6 has poised handling through turns and light steering that translates to easy maneuverability. However, it offers vague or little feedback from the road. Ride quality is excellent over most surfaces.

  • "The chassis has good composure, even in quick transitions, and the A6 is capable of surprising pace along tight and technical roads. The steel springs did well to balance feel, control and comfort over a variety of surfaces, so we're curious how the optional sport variant will fare." -- Edmunds
  • "Steering is nearly one-finger light and doesn’t get much heavier when Dynamic driving mode is selected. If I was writing this review five years ago—which, I suppose, would require a time machine—I would have dinged the A6 for that, but the older I get, the more I appreciate light steering. Feedback isn’t a strong suit, but as I tossed the A6 through the near-constant string of bends, I felt like I was in perfect control." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Unfortunately, Audi's light steering tune remains, with hardly any weight on center, even in the Dynamic setting. … Ride quality over bumps is cushy with the standard steel-spring setup; all US models will use this, in addition to a sport suspension that lowers the ride height slightly." -- CNET

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