2012 Audi A6 — Flash Drive
This 2012 review is representative of model years 2005 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Audi A6 is significantly larger than the A4 in all the best ways. The interior is more spacious than the A4, and the trunk is practically enormous, yet from the outside the two cars are clearly from the same family — and that is a good thing. Audi has definitely led the industry in stylish interiors, and the exterior of the A6 is quite attractive, too. It's a very comfortable and capable car. But from my perspective, the A6 sits in an unfortunate price range. It's significantly more expensive than the A4, but it feels only larger, and not much more luxurious. If it were faster or more responsive than the A4 perhaps the extra cost would be easier to justify. –Paul Hagger
Audi has received a lot of recognition over the last few years for excellent design and exquisite interiors, but Audi is also producing cars with some of the best driving dynamics and fun-to-drive factor of any manufacturer. The Audi A6 is not a small car, but it has a light, nimble feel and quick acceleration that is surprising for a car of its size. Behind the quickness is a superb powertrain with a supercharged 3.0-liter engine that delivers more than 300 horsepower through an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Power is instantly available at any speed, but you will also get over 20 mpg every day and close to 30 mpg on the highway. Our test car was equipped with sport suspension for crisp, responsive handling, finished off with sweet 19-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires. The interior boasts the modern design and fine materials expected from Audi. The A6 is an engaging sport sedan with plenty of room for four to five adults. –Mike Meredith
With the redesigned A6, I think Audi has set the bar for luxury sedans. The headlights are its most noticeable feature, looking cool in daylight or at night. The interior is very comfortable for front- and rear-seat passengers, with plenty of amenities. The MMI — Audi's method of user interface — is similar to BMW's iDrive, but much more useful and intuitive. Being a data geek, I especially liked the trip computer that displays all the relevant info — mpg, speed, time — all on one easy-to-read screen. Of course, a luxury sedan today has to have performance as well, and the A6 delivers. The supercharged V6 sounds great and puts plenty of low-end torque through Audi's legendary quattro system for very quick acceleration off the line. But even with plenty of power on tap, fuel economy is impressive — I averaged around 24 mpg in mostly city driving. Not bad for a big, powerful luxury sedan. –Perry Stern