2012 to Present: Audi A6
Trying to be all things to all people is a seemingly impossible task for an automaker. But somehow Audi has been able to pull this off with the A6 sedan. Offering an impressive amount of luxury and comfort, the A6 also allows a bit of sportiness to show up when needed.
The current A6 has been on sale since the 2012 model year and it hasn't changed much since that time. It shares exterior styling elements with smaller siblings like the Audi A3 and A4, as well as the larger A8. The interior offers excellent materials such as leather and wide variety of wood and aluminum trim choices. Audi's MMI infotainment system comes as standard on all trims. Its knob selector and dizzying array of buttons may be a bit overwhelming at first, but it becomes second nature once you begin to understand how it works.
Power comes in three forms for the A6. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard, while Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic became available with this engine for the 2013 model year.
A supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque is available, which is paired with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic. For 2014, a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 was introduced, which produces 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and quattro all-wheel drive come standard with this engine.
Standard equipment for the A6 lineup include automatic xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, automatic wipers, auto dimming mirrors, eight-way power front seats with heat and a 10-speaker audio system. Audi Drive Select is also standard, which allows you to adjust accelerator, steering and throttle response with selectable drive modes.
Earlier Audi A6 Models
The Audi A6 name first appeared as a 1995 model when the long-running Audi 100 went through a refresh. Offered as both a sedan and wagon, the original A6 packed a 2.8-liter V6 engine with 170 horsepower. You could get it with either front- or all-wheel drive.
1998 would see a drastic change for the A6 as it went under a redesign to make it look more modern an improve ergonomics. When the model launched, it came with an improved version of the 2.8-liter V6, now producing 200 horsepower. Two years later, a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 and 4.2-liter V8 joined the lineup. In 2002, Audi refreshed the A6 and added a new grille and headlights. Also, the 2.8-liter V6 was a replaced by a new 3.0-liter V6.
The third-generation A6 arrived in 2005 and looked like a smaller version of the A8. This generation of the A6 would also be one of the first Audi models to come with the automaker's MMI infotainment system. Engines included a 3.2-liter V6 and a 4.2-liter V8. Both engines came paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. 2009 saw a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 join the lineup with 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Along with the new engine, the exterior got some slight tweaks.