Audi A6 Review 2024
Audi A6 At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 30–44
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure
The Audi A6 saloon strikes the balance between balance of waftiness and driving dynamics just right, while technology (and a platform) shared with the A8 means the A6 has plenty of gadgets to keep passengers entertained. As a comfortable, premium vehicle for covering high mileages, there's not much on the market that'll do the job better, even rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF, Mercedes E-Class, and Volvo S90. Read on for our full review of the Audi A6 saloon.
All of the mainstream Audi A6 saloon range come with some form of hybrid assistance, from mild help to full-on plug-in aid. There is, of course, also the very quick S6 model, which is a stepping stone to the full-blown RS6 that's only offered as an estate. The S6 uses a 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel, which is a little at odds with its sporting outlook.
No matter which engine you choose, the A6 is a relaxing car to drive, just like the previous generation. All models come with progressive steering, which makes the steering quicker the more you wind on lock, while all-wheel steering is available as an option. This turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front at low speeds to reduce the turning circle, while it does the opposite at high speeds in a bid to increase stability.
While the steering isn't the last word in feedback, the ride quality is very good - even on larger alloy wheels. There are no fewer than four different suspension options available, but all generally provide a soothing ride without being excessively floaty.
Where the A6 excels is its interior. It's not as flashy as an E-Class, but it's pleasingly modern with everything well laid out. All models come with a twin-screen infotainment system - the usual touchscreen display in the centre of the dash providing access to navigation, DAB radio and the like, with another one below it providing access to climate features. Both screens use haptic and acoustic feedback, so users hear and feel a click as soon as their finger triggers a function. Strange, but it adds to the premium ambience.
Audi's Virtual Cockpit is also available as part of the optional Technology Pack, replacing the conventional dials behind the steering wheel with a configurable display, allowing to prioritise navigation or the speedo and rev counter. Go for the Vorsprung trim and this dash is standard.
The biggest issue with the Audi A6 is its price. It may start in the region of £40,000, but you could easily spend a lot more on a few option packs. That said, you get what you pay for, and premium rivals are equally expensive, plus the A6 enjoys strong residual values.
Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's Audi A6 review.