2016 Audi A6 review

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Audi A6 highlights

Customer rating


  • Fun to drive
  • Roomy interior with top-notch look
  • Smooth power and V6 engine


  • All-wheel drive is optional
  • Not the most current tech
  • Less trunk space than competition

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 29 highway, 24 combined

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2016 Audi A6 ups the power and tech

The 2016 Audi A6 benefits from more powerful engines, whether you choose the four-cylinder or the optional V6. Compared with the 2015 A6, the 2016 version also has a fresh look inside and out. In the cabin, the A6 has a more responsive infotainment system than past models, and it features new graphics and available Wi-Fi hotspot. These features add to an already impressive package that brings more performance to the table than other luxury sedans.

All Audi A6 years

What is new for the 2016 Audi A6?

  • A6 trims have been upgraded with Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment this year.
  • Seat Massagers features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Premium trim now comes with Smart Key and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

2016 Audi A6 trims

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  • Includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, sunroof, keyless entry, leather upholstery, a 6.5-inch display, 10-speaker audio system, and more. The turbo 2.0L is the only engine with this trim.

  • View all Audi A6 Premiums in stock

Premium Plus

  • Upgrades to an eight-inch display, adds front and rear parking sensors, Audi Connect with Wi-Fi, navigation with voice recognition, and more.2 The diesel and gas 3.0L V6s are optional.

  • View all Audi A6 Premium Plus in stock


  • Adds the supercharged 3.0L as standard with an optional TDI engine. Adds LED headlights, cooled seats, quad-zone climate control, heads-up display, upgraded Bose sound system, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2016 Audi A6

1. Luxury is standard

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From the bold yet refined exterior to the plush and upscale interior, the 2016 Audi A6 has luxury built in. The base model is even called Premium and features leather heated front seats, HID headlights with LED daytime running lights, navigation, and a rearview camera. You'll love the refined design and superbly quiet cabin with minimal intrusions from road vibrations. It's like stepping into a spa retreat every time you drive.

2. Air suspension system

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The 2016 Audi A6 offered an optional electronically controlled air suspension with adaptive shock absorbers. This system automatically regulates the car's ride height and the degree of shock absorption. Four modes (automatic, dynamic, comfort, and lift) can be selected through the MMI infotainment system.

3. Quattro® AWD

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Quattro is an all-wheel drive system with self-locking center differential and continuously variable torque distribution. It's been seen in race cars and earns rave reviews on the street. This advanced AWD system provides extra security and road grip during slippery conditions. This is the car that can tackle mud, snow, sand, and more.

4. Prestige trim level

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Looking for even more? The 2016 Audi A6 Prestige trim level adds luxury features such as a head-up display, quad-zone automatic climate control, and cooled seats. Outside, look for the LED headlights and chrome exhaust tips. On your next drive, turn up the upgraded Bose® audio system for maximum aural delight.

5. Fast technology

2016 Audi A6 Review: Technology | CarMax

The 2016 Audi A6 interior gains a blazing fast NVIDIA processor to handle all the background tech you use on a daily basis. For example, enter a destination into the navigation system and it instantly overlays Google Maps, giving you an accurate look at the route. Other hints of speed include immediate responses when you touch a button, rather than waiting on the next screen to refresh or change. This means less frustration and more functionality.

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The 2016–2018 Lexus ES is an attractive luxury sedan with a comfortable ride and seating for five. The ES received modern upgrades in 2016, including updated headlights and grille, improved cabin treatments, and an optional driver assistance package. The ES350 has a smooth 3.5L V6, while the ES300h has a hybrid drivetrain with 200 horsepower.

Standard equipment on all 2016–2018 Lexus ES models includes:

  • 17-inch silver aluminum alloy wheels

  • SiriusXM® AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

  • Heated side mirrors

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.8 out of 5

9 customer reviews
Based on customer reviews, the Audi A6 is a luxury sedan that drives well. Customers like the car's handling, speed, and fuel economy.

RepairPal gave the Audi A6 an overall reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Audi A6 28th out of 48 among Luxury Fullsize Cars.

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Audi A6 features and specs

Premium Plus 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.3"/R 37.4"

Head room

F 37.2"/R 37.8"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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More about the 2016 Audi A6

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Exterior colors:

  • Aviator Blue Metallic

  • Brilliant Black

  • Dakota Gray Metallic

  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect

  • Florett Silver Metallic

  • Glacier White Metallic

  • Havanna Black Metallic

  • Ibis White

  • Moonlight Blue Metallic

  • Mythos Black Metallic

  • Oolong Gray Metallic

  • Tornado Gray Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Atlas Beige

  • Black

  • Flint Gray

  • Nougat Brown

Interior details

The 2016 Audi A6 features a thoroughly modern and luxurious interior, with leather upholstery for all trim levels. Real wood grain accents the dash, center console, and doors, while aluminum trim highlights the details you'll touch, such as air vents and steering wheel buttons. Visibility is excellent with a spacious cabin, a feeling further enhanced by the standard sunroof and sizable headroom. This full-size sedan delivers room for up to five people and a large 14.1 cu-ft trunk for all your cargo. To carry larger cargo, just lower the 60/40 split rear seats and load up.

Child seat details

The 2016 Audi A6 can seat up to five, with as many as three car seats in the back row, depending on car seat style and brand. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. Note that the rear center seat favors rear-facing designs when the other two seats are also in use. The LATCH system is easy to use, but rear seatbelt buckles are flush with the seat surface, making for some extra work if the child seat is obstructing your view.


2016 Audi A6 horsepower depends on the engine selected. The base A6 Premium is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It sends power through a seven-speed automated manual to the front wheels. It runs zero to 60 in 6.7 seconds and can achieve an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined.

The 2016 Audi A6 Premium Plus gains Quattro AWD and an eight-speed auto, cutting 0.6 seconds off the zero-to-60 charge and averaging an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.

The 2016 Audi A6 TDI features a turbodiesel 3.0L V6 available on higher trims, comes with AWD as standard, and pairs to an eight-speed auto. That combination improves performance, with the diesel running zero to 60 in 5.3 seconds and improves mpg with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.

The hotrod engine is the supercharged 3.0L with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft, it needs only 4.6 seconds for a sprint to 60. The fuel economy takes a slight hit to an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.


According to EPA estimates, the FWD 2.0L 2016 Audi A6's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 315 grams per mile, and the same engine with AWD is 343 grams per mile. The diesel V6 with AWD also sees 343 grams per mile, while the supercharged V6 with AWD emits 375 grams per mile.

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