The Audi A6 first entered the market in 1994 as a 1995 five model that would take on competitors like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. The fourth and current generation was ushered in for 2012. For 2016, Audi decided to give the luxury sedan a refresh to keep it fresh until the next-gen model is ready to hit showrooms. The facelift was rather mild, but it included revised front and rear fascia’s, Audi’s new Singleframe grille design, LED headlights, some new upholstery colors, and a 4G LTE hotspot with the MMI infotainment system. Three engine options were available, including gasoline-poured four- and six-cylinder engines, and a six-cylinder diesel for those of you who prefer oil burners.

When it comes to midsize German luxury sedans, the rivalry between BMW, Mercedes, and Audi keeps each brand honest, while at the same time, creating a demand for individuation. If BMW sells itself as the performance-oriented marque, and Mercedes is the technological powerhouse, Audi typically takes the more sensible route. Its “people’s car” roots are obvious when considering the all-wheel-drive practicality, high safety standards, and roomy interior. It’s what makes the A6 the clear choice for the well-off businessperson who’s attached to the standard 2.5 children and looking for a sedan that can pull double duty as a weekday commuter and a family car.

So, let’s take a look at the 2016 Audi A6 and check out everything Audi did to keep this sedan fresh for the next few years.

Updated 04/17/2015: Audi announced prices for the 2016 A6 luxury sedan, which will arrive later this summer. Prices will range from $46,200 for the A6 Premium edition to $75,300 for the S6 Prestige version.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi A6.

  • 2016 - 2018 Audi A6
  • Year:
    2016- 2018
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    8-speed Tiptronic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    252
  • Torque @ RPM:
    273
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    46200
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Exterior

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The rear also features new LED taillights and reshaped exhaust tips.

Although not terribly altered over the previous model, this latest A6 comes with an updated front fascia featuring new LED headlights and Singleframe grill integrated with the bumper. The rear also features new LED taillights and reshaped exhaust tips.

Though there are images of an A6 Avant included from Audi, chances are this will remain as a Europe-only model and not make its way to the states.

True to Volkswagen form, you’d be forgiven for confusing the 2016 model with those of previous years. We still think it looks good though, in a very German kind of way- well balanced, tight, and all business.

2016 Audi A6 - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 2,912 MM (114.64 Inches)
Length 4,933 MM (194.21 Inches)
Width (without mirrors) 1,618 MM (63.70 Inches)
Width (mirrors included) 2,086 MM (82.12 Inches)
Height 1,455 (57.28 Inches)

Interior

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Directing all this is an MMI touch display with eight-inch monitor, voice control, MMI navigation and Bluetooth integration.

When it comes to upholstery, buyers get to choose from a few new color combinations, such as Flint Gray and Cedar Brown. Expect a high standard of build quality and materials throughout, from the trim to the techy infotainment system.

Inside, there’s all the connectivity you’d expect in a modern luxury sedan, like 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to eight devices, streaming Internet radio, personalized news readers, and more. Directing all this is an MMI touch display with eight-inch monitor, voice control, MMI navigation and Bluetooth integration.

There’s also an available Side Assist and Active Lane Assist that provides steering input if you try to merge into a vehicle in your blind spot. Continuing the theme of automated safety is Secondary Collision Assist that will apply the brakes if the A6 hits something in order to prevent any further damage from being done, plus an optional night vision system can be added to detect anything you can’t already see in those bright LED headlights.

Drivetrain

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For the eco-minded, there’s an engine start-stop technology to improve mileage.

The 2016 A6 comes equipped with more power than before, sporting a variety of engine packages to choose from. The base 2.0-liter turbo four puts out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 comes with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a turbo six-cylinder diesel option that boasts an economical 240 horsepower and impressive 428 pound-feet of torque. For the eco-minded, there’s an engine start-stop technology to improve mileage.

Transmissions are offered in two flavors: a seven-speed, dual-clutch S tronic, or eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox. Layouts include front-wheel drive, and, of course, quattro permanent all-wheel-drive. For even further refinement, the quattro system has been enhanced with new software algorithms, providing better response and handling.

Type 2.0 TFSI four cylinder 3.0T TDI
Output 252 HP 333 HP 240 HP
Peak torque 273 LB-FT 325 LB-FT 428 LB-FT
Transmission 8-speed automatic Tiptronic 8-speed automatic Tiptronic 8-speed automatic Tiptronic

Prices

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2018 Audi A6 Prices

Audi A6 Sedan ultra FWD S tronic Premium $49,700
Audi A6 Sedan ultra FWD S tronic Premium Plus $51,900
Audi A6 Sedan 2.0T quattro Tiptronic Premium $51,900
Audi A6 Sedan 2.0T quattro Tiptronic Premium Plus $54,100
Audi A6 Sedan 3.0T quattro Tiptronic Premium $56,500
Audi A6 Sedan 3.0T quattro Tiptronic Premium Plus $58,700
Audi A6 Sedan 3.0T quattro Tiptronic Prestige $61,400
Model Premium Premium Plus Prestige
A6 2.0T FWD S tronic $46,200 $49,900 -
A6 2.0T quattro Tiptronic $48,400 $52,100 -
A6 3.0T quattro Tiptronic - $57,400 $61,600
A6 TDI quattro Tiptronic - $59,500 $63,700
S6 4.0T quattro S tronic - $70,900 $75,300

Competition

BMW 5 Series

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In terms of performance, the 5 Series is the clear victor — at least until the rain starts to fall. However, with the possibility of all-wheel-drive coming to the 5 Series, that might change. It’ll be interesting to see how BMW competes with the new A6. Still, on a clear day, the 5 Series will suit the sporting-minded far better.

Mercedes E-Class

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While Mercedes offers an optional 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system for the E-Class, the real draw of the model is its role as a rear-drive luxury cruiser. Bristling with technology, the E-Class is easy to drive and comfortable to travel; a true icon of the Mercedes lineup.

Conclusion

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When flanked by the 5 Series and E-Class, the Audi appears somewhat subdued. It’s not as wild as the Merc, but it’s a great commuter that can handle less-than-ideal road conditions with ease. It’s not as powerful as the Bimmer, but it’s still quick enough to hold its own on the autobahn. The A6 is great compromise in terms of capability, performance, and practicality, and it remains well suited to the refined palate.

  • Leave it
    • Could use more power
    • Wouldn’t mind seeing some risk taking with styling

Press Release

The Audi A6 and A7 receive an upgrade for the 2016 model year, offering more power and technology for two of the Audi brand’s top selling vehicles. Making their U.S. debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the A6 and A7 sedans boast athletic, taut design with new headlights, engines and infotainment systems for even higher levels of luxury and refinement.

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"The 2016 A6 and A7 model lines will continue to drive our momentum in the upper-premium market by elevating the standard for vehicle technology,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “These cars represent the perfect balance of beautiful design, efficiency and performance.”

Design
The 2016 Audi A6 and A7 receive new front and rear designs for a more dynamic stance and greater presence on the road. A vibrant new front fascia includes new LED headlights design, Singleframe grill and bumpers. The rear of each vehicle features LED taillights and new trapezoidal tailpipes.

Interior
Inside, the A6 and A7 will offer new interior design selection combinations with Flint gray and Cedar brown. The new Arras red design selection interior is available on the S6 and S7 that includes carbon fiber inserts with a striking red thread weaved into the carbon fiber inserts. The S6 and S7 continue to offer the S model-specific cross-stitched seats standard. Also available are the ventilated comfort seats with massage functionality. The massage function gives the driver and passenger the ability to select from five massage programs to make traveling longer distances even more comfortable.

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Performance
Both the A6 and A7 model lines receive significant engine updates for 2016 that offer more power and refinement. The available quattro® permanent all-wheel drive sport differential has been upgraded with new software algorithms to further improve responsiveness and provide even better agility.

The A6 continues to be offered with 2.0T, 3.0T and TDI® clean diesel engines along with the high-performance S6 variant. The A6 receives a new 2.0 TFSI four cylinder engine that generates 252 hp and 273 lb. ft. of torque. The powerful new engine is available in front-wheel drive with a seven-speed dual clutch S tronic transmission. The newly designed S tronic transmission requires less energy through the use of a electric lubrication pump and lubrication system while continuing to provide smooth and quick gear shifts. The A6 2.0T quattro continues to be paired with the smooth shifting and efficient 8-speed automatic Tiptronic® transmission.

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The 3.0T has been enhanced to produce 333 hp, up by 23 hp from the previous version, 325 lb. ft. of torque, and a Tiptronic transmission. The A6 TDI will generate 240 hp and 428 lb. ft. of torque with a Tiptronic transmission. The high-performance S6 produces 450 hp, up 30 hp from the previous version, and 406 lb. ft. of torque. It is equipped with an S tronic transmission. All variants are offered with a quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The S6 and S7 also feature an available Sport Exhaust system with black oval tailpipes.

The A7 is offered with 3.0T and clean diesel TDI engines, along with the high-performance S7 and RS 7 variants. All have the same engines and transmissions used by the A6 and S6 models. Each vehicle has different calibration for the electronic stability control, ABS, and transmission shift points to ensure that the wider track and weight of the A7 model line meet Audi specifications. The RS 7 features the 8-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission and produces a powerful 560 hp, 516 lb. ft. of torque. All variants are offered with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

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Driver Assistance
Driver assistance systems help improve the driving experience of the A6 and A7 model lines. The A6 and A7 utilize engine start-stop efficiency technology. LED headlights are now standard on all A7 models that use less energy and provide lighting that virtually replicates daylight reducing strain on the eyes. Available Audi Side Assist and Active Lane Assist have been improved upon to provide steering input in the event that a vehicle is in the driver’s blind spot. Secondary Collision Assist can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid secondary collisions and the available night vision system can now detect larger animals in addition to already offering pedestrian protection. The optional Head-Up Display projects all important driving information onto the windshield and has been redesigned to be better integrated into the dashboard.

Audi connect
The A6 and A7 also feature a faster, more innovative level of in-vehicle connectivity. The available MMI navigation plus with MMI touch displays on a power-retractable, eight-inch monitor and includes voice control, Audi music interface and Bluetooth integration. The Modular Infotainment Platform features NVIDIA® quad core technology and the Audi connect® system accesses the internet via a 4G LTE connection and includes an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices and a wide variety of infotainment components. Functions include online traffic info, Apple Siri® Eyes Free integration, internet radio streaming as well as picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook® and Twitter® alerts and personalized news headlines, among other features.

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