Audi A6 (2004–2011)

Model History

April 2004

A6 officially launched

Shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2004 with UK orders taken from April 2004. All engines apart from base TDI PD 140 four-cylinder are chain cam. New 2.4 V6 with 177bhp and 230Nm torque, 3.2 V6 FSI with 255bhp and 330Nm torque, 4.2 V8 with 335bhp and 430Nm torque, 3.0 TDI V6 also seen in the A8 with 233bhp and a massive 450Nm of torque. New chain and gear cam 2.7 V6 TDI.

A6 2.0 TDI SE £24,020 OTR
A6 2.0 TDI S Line £26,740 OTR
A6 2.4 SE £24,175 OTR
A6 2.7 TDI V6 SE £26,330 OTR from December 2004
A6 2.7 TDI V6 S Line £29,050 OTR from December 2004
A6 3.2 FSI SE £30,225 OTR
A6 3.2 FSI quattro SE £33,225 OTR
A6 4.2 quattro SE £42,775 OTR
A6 3.0 TDI quattro SE £31,680 OTR

December 2004

A6 2.7 TDI V6 from December 2004. 180bhp from 3,300rpm, 380Nm from 1,400rpm, 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds, 141mph, 41.5mpg, CO2 181g/km. Optional adaptive air suspension available from December 2004.

May 2005

200bhp 2.0T engine option from late May 2005. 6-speed manual does 0-60mph in 8.1 seconds, top speed 141mph, combined 34.4mpg, CO2 197g/km.

Audi UK will integrate RAC Trafficmaster's RDS TMC (Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel) service initially on satellite navigation systems fitted to the A6 and A8 from November 2005. The real time traffic data technology will enable drivers to monitor traffic conditions and will automatically redirect them away from congested routes in order to minimise traffic delays.

February 2006

A6 Saloon and Avant models enhanced by interior and exterior upgrades. Satellite navigation and 6 CD autochanger fitted as standard to four-cylinder models at no extra cost. 2.0 TDI and 2.7 TDI Multitronics launched February 2006 after long development delays to toughen them up sufficiently. Extremely BIK efficient for company car drivers.

A6 2.0 TDI multitronic 140bhp at 4,000rpm, 320Nm at 1,750-2,500rpm, 0-62mph 10.2 seconds, 127mph, 40.3mpg, CO2 189g/km. Delivering up to 40.3mpg, the 2.0 TDI Multitronic offers a potential range of up to 621 miles on a single tank of diesel, while a comparatively low CO2 output of 189g/km results in a 27 per cent tax liability

A6 2.7 TDI multitronic 180bhp at 3,300-4,250rpm, 380Nm at 1,400-3,300rpm, 0-62mph 8.3 seconds, 140mph, 37.7mpg, 200g/km of CO2. A low CO2 output of 200g/km equates to a 30 per cent tax liability for business users, resulting in the lowest benefit-in-kind charge for a premium sector automatic.

An enhanced SE specification includes an alloy wheel upgrade from a 16-inch 9-arm design to a 17-inch 5-spoke ‘Star’ wheel and a High Gloss Pack that adds aluminium window trim strips, door handle surrounds and sill inserts. Climate control has been replaced by the more sophisticated Comfort Air Conditioning System Plus. Until December 2006, four-cylinder A6 2.0 T FSI and 2.0 TDI versions will also be equipped as standard with a 6 CD autochanger and CD ROM satellite navigation – a combined feature previously available at an extra cost.

New A6 4.2 FSI quattro models available to order from June 2006. 4.2-litre V8 engine with FSI direct petrol injection first seen in Q7 quattro delivers 350bhp at 6,800rpm and 440Nm at 3,500rpm. A6 0-62mph in 5.9 secs, top speed limited to 155mph, combined mpg 26.1, CO2 257g/km.

New S6 V10 open for UK orders from April 2006, with first UK deliveries in July 2006. 5.2-litre V10 FSI petrol engine developed using Lamborghini Gallardo's 5.0-litre unit as its base, linked to six-speed tiptronic. 420bhp at 6,800rpm, 540Nm from 3,000-4,000rpm, 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds, electronically limited 155mph top speed, 21.0mpg. Modified sports suspension with latest generation quattro drive incorporating 40/60 rear biased torque split. Exclusive styling incorporating unique single frame grille design, flared front wheel arches, separate daytime running light strips.

December 2006

New naturally aspirated 2.8-litre V6 FSI petrol engine with 210bhp and 280Nm was introduced, available with manual and multitronic transmissions. 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, top speed 151mph, 32.4mpg and 207g/km of CO2.

June 2008

A6 2.0 TDI Limited Edition available to order and is based on the SE trim but adds interior and exterior upgrades that equate to £1600. Six-speed manual transmission standard, ultra-efficient seven-speed multitronic CVT available at extra cost. A6 2.0 TDI Limited Edition manual 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds, top speed 130mph, 46.3mpg and 159g/km of CO2.

Limited Edition model features an alloy wheel upgrade to a polished 18-inch twelve-spoke and supple Milano leather. As part of a separate enhancement package for all four-cylinder petrol and TDI versions of the A6, DVD satellite navigation, which incorporates an upgrade to a seven-inch high resolution colour monitor for the Multi Media Interface control system and a six-disc CD changer, is also included at no extra cost.

October 2008

New A6 range was open for UK orders in August 2008 for first deliveries in late October 2008. It benefits from styling revisions inside and out, a major update of the engine line-up bringing fuel efficiency gains averaging 12 per cent and reconfigured suspension for improved comfort. The latest generation quattro system with 40/60 torque split is available while the highlight of the new petrols is the supercharged 3.0-litre T FSI unit with 290bhp and 420Nm.

The new headline engine in TDI range is the 2.0-litre TDI which features ultra-efficient common rail fuel injection with piezo injectors – all TDI engines are now common rail-equipped. New ‘e’ model achieves 53.3mpg and 139g/km CO2 output through technical and aerodynamic refinements.

Special aerodynamic modifications and a 20mm reduction in ride height also further the cause by helping the A6 to slip through the air with an impressively low drag coefficient of 0.28. Despite the 53.3mpg and 139g/km these modifications make possible, the A6 2.0 TDIe with six-speed manual transmission is on the pace, its 320Nm torque maximum arriving at 1,750rpm to propel it to 60mph from rest in 10.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 129mph.

Enhanced cabin incorporates new third generation Multi Media Interface infotainment system with high capacity hard disk-sourced navigation mapping and 3D display.

What does a Audi A6 (2004 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £40,395
Buy new from £31,177
Contract hire from £329.38 per month