New Audi A6 Saloon (2018-present)

Audi's 5 Series rival packs some serious technological clout behind a handsome face

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Beautifully made
Subtle and stylish looks
Decadent interior

Weaknesses 

Pricy options
Not as good to drive as some rivals
Ride too hard for some tastes
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The rise of the SUV is well documented. New models announced just this year include Mercedes’ new all-electric EQC, Audi’s own Q8, and BMW’s X5.

But if you think saloons are more subtle and superior, the A6 could be right up your street. It faces stiff competition from the BMW 5 SeriesMercedes E-ClassJaguar XF, and the Lexus GS though.

The latest A6 is a tour-de-force of technology. The outside is packed full of sensors, depending on how deep your pockets are. The inside is even more technology laden.

Prices start at £38,640 for the 40TDI in Sport trim, and run to nearly £72,000 for an S-Line trimmed 50TDI with all the bells and whistles.

Pulling the strings of the A6’s technology is Audi’s MMI touch response system. This controls those massive touchscreens that dominate the interior. The top one is either 8.8-inches or 10.1 inches, and the bottom is 8.6-inch. They work in tandem with one another and it’s all very intuitive, for instance, while the top screen is set to navigation, the bottom screen will let you type a destination on a QWERTY keyboard.

The touchscreen itself uses haptic feedback, much like a high end smartphone. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you realise that you need to press the screen until it vibrates, you’ll find it easy enough to use. It’s supposed to mimic a button and Audi reckons it’s safer than regular touchscreens as it gives you feedback to say that it’s recognised your input. This means you don’t have to look at the touchscreen while driving, unlike in some systems.

It also uses Audi’s virtual cockpit, which is a 12.3 inch digital display that replaces the traditional instrument binnacle. It can be programmed to show different information, like navigation instructions or speed, and it works beautifully inside the A6.

The entertainment system also learns phrases, and the voice recognition works well. For instance, it wasn’t phased by, “take me to Bicester”, which would render an American confused. It doesn’t just work with sat nav instructions, but with other functions like turning on the heated seats. An Audi engineer even told us “my bum is cold” will turn on these heated seats.

Elsewhere in the interior, it’s all very well nailed together, and has the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto tech. The seats are big and comfortable up front, and in the rear it’s impressive still. The A6 is 21 millimetres longer than the old car and it boasts the largest amount of room in the rear among its competitors.

The boot’s 530-litre capacity is pretty much up there with saloon rivals. The E-Class’ is 10-litres bigger, but it has the same size as the 5 Series and XF.

Below the boot is a set of faux-exhaust pipes. This may not sound important, but it does cheapen a car that can stretch in price to £72,000. As can the radar sensors on the front - they’re ugly pieces of shiny plastic that sit in the grille. While we can’t criticise their performance, they do cheapen the car.

However, what they do is very good. They control the cruise control systems, which will not only monitor cars in front and change speed accordingly, but it will change speeds to the speed limit if you so wish. On our test route we didn’t manage to catch it out, and it slows down and speeds up calmly. Plus, it anticipates corners and slows down for them too.

The most expensive engine, the 50TDI, has a whopping 282hp, and it feels punchy. It never feels as exciting as a 5.5 second 0-62mph time would suggest, but it is a diesel saloon after all. 

The 40TDI is a four-cylinder 2-litre diesel. Driving back to back with the V6 50TDI, it feels less immediate, but never feels slow or strained.

The 50TDI engine comes with an 8-speed automatic, where as the 40TDI engine uses a 7-speed. Without getting in to the nitty gritty, they mostly act the same, both changing gears with subtlety. The only real criticism of either engines and gearbox combination is that the throttle response is really, really sharp in its dynamic setting. This is the sportiest of the settings offered by the dynamic driving modes, and it does make everything much more racy, but it feels strained and at odds with the rest of the car can’t handle it.

However, even with the Quattro four-wheel-drive and optional passive rear-wheel steering, the A6 can never quite shake off its weight. It has however, clinched Euro NCAP’s top rating of five stars.

The weight also affects the way the car rides. It’s a brilliant way to crush motorway miles, even at motorway + speeds, but on the potholed and uneven a and b roads of Britain it never quite feels settled. The air suspension, in its softest and most compliant setting, does help out, but it’s still not quite perfect.

If you cherish interior quality over everything else, and you find the current trends of SUVs/crossovers/coupes a bit blingy, or even passe, the A6 is a much more subtle way of travelling.

    

Last Updated 

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 11:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
530 litres
Width: 
1,886mm
Length: 
4,939mm
Height: 
1,457mm
Tax (min to max): 
£205-515 in the first year, £140-£450 thereafter

Best Audi A6 for... 

Audi A6 50TDI
It might surprise some to find out that the bigger diesel is actually the more economical. Put that down to being less stressed during acceleration.
Audi A6 40TDI
Although the 50TDI is more economical, it’s also more expensive and hard to recommend over the smaller 40TDI for families.
Audi A6 50TDI
The most powerful variant is a 3.0-litre diesel V6 which will propel itself from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds, plus, it has four-wheel-drive to keep you on the straight and narrow

Audi A6 History 

  • February 2018: New A6 makes public debut at Geneva Motorshow
  • September 2018: A6 goes on sale in the UK
  • Late 2018: 55TFSI petrol engine goes on sale

Understanding Audi A6 car names 

  • A6
  • 50TDI
    Engine
  • S-Line
    Trim
  • Tiptronic
    Gearbox
  • 50TDI
    From the launch there are only two engines available, both diesels. The 2.0-litre diesel 40TDI and the 3.0-litre 50TDI.
  • S-Line
    Audi is offering two trim levels at the moment, Sport and S-Line.
  • Tiptronic
    There are two gearbox options, both automatics. One is a seven-speed, the other an eight.

Audi A6 Engines 

40TDI, 50TDI

The latest A6 follows Audi’s new naming structure for its engines. The 40TDI is a 2.0-litre diesel, and the 50TDI is a 3.0-litre diesel. A 3.0-litre petrol, badged as a 50TFSI is due later this year.

All the engines also use a mild-hybrid technology, that aids stop/start and improves economy. Neither systems can power the car on electricity alone.

The 50TDI has 282hp and an impressive 620NM of torque. It’s an effortless engine, even with the car’s relatively porky kerb weight, and is the most powerful, and most economical engine in the A6 range at the moment.

Audi reckons it will do around 48.7mpg combined too. We didn’t see close to that on our test route, but when the engine has run in, and it’s on a motorway, this figure would likely be close to achievable. It even sounds muscular, and doesn’t drone like other diesel engines.

It’ll crack 62mph from zero in 5.5 seconds, and while it doesn’t feel particularly exciting while doing it, it’s mightily impressive. This engine comes with an eight-speed auto that makes shifting gears nearly seamless. Although, it can hold on to gears for a bit too long in ‘dynamic’ mode.

The 40TDI, will be the best-seller according to Audi. It’s a four-cylinder unit, but is the more powerful compared to BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar’s similar units. It has 201hp, and while it does feel a fair chunk slower than the 50TDI (0-62 mph in 8.1s compared to 5.5s for the 50TDI) it never feels slow.

It’s a remarkable feat that such a relatively small engine will transport such a large car with such ease. Audi reckons on 48.7mpg, while less than the larger diesel, not so much less that it’s worth the premium.

The price differential between the two engines is £8470, so the 50TDI is hard to recommend unless you regularly feel the need for speed.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

40TDI

Diesel

48.7mpg

201hp

8.1s

152mph

50TDI

Diesel

50.4mpg

282hp

5.5s

155mph

Audi A6 Trims 

Sport, S Line

From the get-go, Audi will only offer two trim lines for the new A6.

First up is the cheapest, called Sport. It has 18 inch alloy wheels, LED front and rear lights, a seven-inch entertainment screen, a rear view camera, and parking sensors.

Next up is S Line. This has larger 19-inch alloy wheels, harder and more sporty suspension, Alcantara upholstered seats, and S Line bodykit.

The Comfort and Sound Pack is an additional £1,895 and pulls together some of the most popular options. This includes a 360 degree parking camera that includes a live ‘bird’s-eye view’ of the car, a Bang and Olufsen premium sound system, an LED interior lighting pack, and a keyless entry system.

The Technology Pack is a £1,495 option. This includes additional software on the touchscreen like Google Maps, voice control, Audi’s virtual cockpit, and a phone box which can wirelessly charge a phone, which also enable two different phones to be connected to the car via Bluetooth.

Audi A6 Reliability and warranty 

Audi’s three-year/60,000 mile warranty is a standard set for most manufacturers, but on a high-end luxury saloon it feels a bit stingy. Mercedes and BMW both offer no mileage cap with their three-year warranties.

Plus, Audi did finish above both BMW and Mercedes in Auto Express’ 2018 Driver Power car survey. But, overall, more Audi owners reported issues with their cars when compared to Mercedes owners.

Used Audi A6 

This new A6 has only just gone on sale, so it’s hard to give useful data here. However, historically, a big problem for the A6, and other big expensive luxury saloons has been depreciation.

This is a win for used buyers, as A6s lose value quicker than cheaper cars.

Audi A6 Prices

Audi A6 Black Edition

1.8 tfsi black edition 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,970

You could save up to: £7980

1.8 tfsi black edition 4dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,805

You could save up to: £8140

2.0 tdi quattro black edition 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,229

You could save up to: £8601

2.0 tdi quattro black edition 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,065

You could save up to: £8760

2.0 tdi ultra black edition 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £29,534

You could save up to: £8096

2.0 tdi ultra black edition 4dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £30,370

You could save up to: £8255

2.0 tdi ultra black edition 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,820

You could save up to: £8340

2.0 tdi ultra black edition 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,655

You could save up to: £8500

2.0 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,671

You could save up to: £8819

2.0 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,507

You could save up to: £8978

3.0 bitdi 320 quattro black edn 4dr tip auto tech

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,462

You could save up to: £10493

3.0 bitdi [320] quattro black edition 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,626

You could save up to: £10334

3.0 tdi 272 quattro black edn 4dr s tronic tech

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,247

You could save up to: £9748

3.0 tdi [272] quattro black edition 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,412

You could save up to: £9588

s6 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 30.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £48,962

You could save up to: £11598

Audi A6 S Line

2.0 tdi quattro s line 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,389

You could save up to: £8441

2.0 tdi quattro s line 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,225

You could save up to: £8600

2.0 tdi ultra s line 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £28,694

You could save up to: £7936

2.0 tdi ultra s line 4dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £29,530

You could save up to: £8095

2.0 tdi ultra s line 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,980

You could save up to: £8180

2.0 tdi ultra s line 4dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,815

You could save up to: £8340

3.0 bitdi 320 quattro s line 4dr tip auto [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,622

You could save up to: £10333

3.0 bitdi [320] quattro s line 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £40,786

You could save up to: £10174

3.0 tdi 272 quattro s line 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,407

You could save up to: £9588

3.0 tdi [272] quattro s line 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,572

You could save up to: £9428

50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £43,617

You could save up to: £6538

50 tdi quattro s line 4dr tip auto [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £44,903

You could save up to: £6747

Audi A6 S line

1.8 tfsi s line 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,130

You could save up to: £7820

1.8 tfsi s line 4dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,965

You could save up to: £7980

2.0 tfsi quattro s line 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,831

You could save up to: £8659

2.0 tfsi quattro s line 4dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,667

You could save up to: £8818

Audi A6 S6

s6 tfsi quattro 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 30.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,286

You could save up to: £11279

s6 tfsi quattro 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 30.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £48,122

You could save up to: £11438

Audi A6 S6 Black Edition

s6 tfsi quattro black edition 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 30.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £48,126

You could save up to: £11439

Audi A6 SE Executive

1.8 tfsi se executive 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,780

You could save up to: £7380

1.8 tfsi se executive 4dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,615

You could save up to: £7540

2.0 tdi quattro se executive 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,079

You could save up to: £8001

2.0 tdi quattro se executive 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,915

You could save up to: £8160

2.0 tdi ultra se executive 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,384

You could save up to: £7496

2.0 tdi ultra se executive 4dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,220

You could save up to: £7655

2.0 tdi ultra se executive 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,670

You could save up to: £7740

2.0 tdi ultra se executive 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,505

You could save up to: £7900

2.0 tfsi quattro se executive 4dr s tronic

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,521

You could save up to: £8219

2.0 tfsi quattro se executive 4dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,357

You could save up to: £8378

Audi A6 Sport

50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £40,728

You could save up to: £6067

50 tdi quattro sport 4dr tip auto [tech pack]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,013

You could save up to: £6277

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