Audi A6 Review 2024

Audi A6 At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Audi A6 is a stalwart of the executive saloon market, and it's easy to see why it continues to appeal even in the face of all the latest SUVs and crossovers. It's effortlessly classy inside and out, although the exterior is perhaps a little bland next to a BMW 5 Series or Volvo S90. Comfort is not a concern, however, and all A6 saloons now come with some form of hybrid power to improve economy and emissions.

+Extremely comfortable and upmarket cabin. Lots of technology including mild and plug-in hybrid systems to help fuel economy.

-Not the most daring styling, just more of the same. S6 uses a diesel rather than petrol which makes it a little less special.

New prices start from £38,680
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.

Ask Honest John

I need a secondhand family car to accommodate my two teenagers, what should I go for?

"I have two teenagers aged 11 and 13yrs. I am looking for a fairly new car, ideally with one owner, ULEZ compliant and leather seats. I occasionally travel to Wales but would be using it mostly to commute to work and school runs. I prefer a non keyless car or one that keyless could be disabled "
There are plenty of options that would suit most of your needs here. We would suggest something with a petrol engine to avoid any ULEZ issues, and assuming your teenagers are still growing they will likely need something with good rear space. We would suggest looking at cars like the Skoda Kodiaq, Volvo XC40 or the Audi A6, all of which can be had in the specification you want. The main issue however is with keyless entry, which is a standard feature on almost all new cars, certainly those which are likely to have leather seats. If you are concerned about vehicle theft, you could purchase a Faraday pouch to put your keys in which prevents it from being scanned by thieves. You can read more about keyless theft here
Answered by David Ross

How can I find a car's build date?

"I am going to see a new Audi A6 which at the moment is being stored at the garage with its wrappers on. The salesperson says it has only been in storage for two weeks. Firstly should I worry about how long the car has been in storage? Secondly, how can I find out when the car was built, is there a handy sticker under the bonnet?"
There should be a sticker inside the driver's door jamb. This'll provide details such as the VIN and build date of the car. Lots of new cars have spent extended periods in storage over the last 18 months. It shouldn't be an issue, as the dealer will carry out a pre-delivery inspection to make sure the car is as new. One thing to bear in mind is that a model's standard specification can change regularly. If you're buying a car that was built a year ago, it might not necessarily be identical to a brand new model. Double-check it has everything on it you want.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Does my air conditioning need serviced after two years?

"I have been contacted by my local Audi dealership advising that my car's (Audi A6 with 23,000 miles) air conditioning should be serviced every two years to keep system at optimum. They're offering their technicians to carry out this work for £149. What is your advice on this subject. Many thanks."
If the air condition is working fine (and blowing ice cold air), I'm not sure a service is necessary. Air conditioning systems are self lubricating and it should run trouble free as long you use it every day.
Answered by Dan Powell

How can I check if alloy wheels I own will fit my new car?

"How can I check if the almost-new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, which I bought for a previous car (Audi A6), will fit my BMW 520d? The tyre sizes are the same (245/45/18). Thanks for your help. "
The first thing you need to check is the wheel's bolt pattern. If the holes in your Audi wheels don't match the studs on the car's mounting hubs, they won't fit. Other considerations include the offset (the distance between the axle pad of the wheel and the imaginary centre line of the wheel) and the size of the centre bore (the hole in the middle of the wheel). If you're not sure, it's a good idea to consult a garage for expert guidance. You'll need to inform your insurance company that you've fitted aftermarket wheels, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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