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2008 Audi A6

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2008 Audi A6 Review

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The midsize 2008 Audi A6 is the ideal vehicle for the socially mobile family in need of generous interior space and all-wheel-drive capability, but not at all interested in an SUV. Offered in both sedan and wagon (known as the Avant) forms, the A6 combines traditional Audi styling, luxury and performance with the sure-footedness of quattro all-wheel drive. Larger than the A4, but not as bulky (or expensive) as the A8, the A6 offers a range of models and features with broad appeal to the premium midsize luxury sedan buyer.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a premium sedan whose road manners are as smart as its styling and price, the 2008 Audi A6 should be on your list. Those who live in foul-weather regions will appreciate the impressive capabilities afforded by the A6's quattro all-wheel drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you prefer simple controls and easy-to-understand components, the A6's high-tech interior may be a bit overwhelming. If you're a driving enthusiast, the lack of a manual transmission option could be a turn-off.

What's Significant About This Car?

The S line exterior treatment (18-inch alloy wheels and S6 rear spoiler) is made standard across the line, as are headlight washers, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and seatback storage pockets. Options include Audi lane assist and new 19-inch alloy wheels.

Driving the A6

Driving Impressions In the 2008 Audi A6, supreme confidence on both expressways and winding roads is markedly enhanced by the sure-footed feel of quattro all-wheel drive. Acceleration is quite satisfying with the...

V6 and the automatic transmission responds effectively. No, it's not a powerhouse, but few drivers really need the V8's extra horses. Only if you get a thrill from lunging, full-throttle takeoffs would the V8 be a better bet. Overall, the A6 experience falls just a little short of serene—mainly because the ride can get bouncy on washboard-stiff surfaces and through harsher bumps, though the suspension reacts rapidly.

Quattro All-Wheel Drive
For negotiating curvy canyons or snowy streets, Audi's famed quattro all-wheel-drive system gives the A6 a real advantage.

Multi Media Interface
Although it subjects its operator to a learning curve, Audi's MMI system is a sleek solution for the control of in-cabin technology.

2008 Audi A6 Details
Interior

From the driver's seat, the A6 comes across as one serious sedan. Leather surfaces are inviting, though seats are on the firm side. They're satisfying for long-term touring, however, with helpful but not intrusive support and bolstering. Backseat riders get plenty of headroom and knee space, but the center passenger must suffer the indignity of a stiff perch and a high floor hump. Fully calibrated gauges are especially easy to read, though the MMI (Multi Media Interface) control can be a handful. Don't expect an unobstructed view over the left shoulder, but visibility is good otherwise. An electronic dashboard button opens a glove box that is short on space.

Exterior

The new look of Audi is evident across the A6 body. Up front, a bold trapezoidal grille—tall and split into two elements—is flanked by sleek xenon headlamps. Designer Achim Badstubner says it's the kind of dramatic front end that promises "overtaking prestige on the Autobahn," informing drivers who see it coming in the rearview mirror that a serious machine is on its way.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even in its most basic form, the A6 feels loaded to the brim. Standard features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), front and rear fog lights, front and rear head-curtain airbags, 12-way power driver and passenger seats with four-way power lumbar, leather seating, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with touch controls, one touch up/down windows, cruise control, power trunk release, 10-speaker sound system with six-disc CD/MP3 changer and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

The V6 sedan can be equipped with such fine features as bi-xenon headlamps, Bose audio, adaptive speed control, solar moonroof panel and polished wheels. The Cold Weather package includes heated front seats and a ski sack. The S line interior package adds front sport seats with Milano leather surfaces, Birch Gray decorative inlays, three-spoke sport steering wheel and black headliner. DVD navigation, rear parking sensors, air suspension (3.2 wagon and 4.2 sedan), rearview camera and a leather dash are also available.

Under the Hood

Both the V6 and V8 engines are more than sufficient to move the A6. It's simply a matter of how quickly you wish to be moved. The 3.2-liter V6 is smooth, quiet and refined, delivering excellent low-end torque for quick starts, as well as respectable highway fuel economy. The V8 turns the A6 from quick to remarkably quick, but you'll pay a premium at both the dealership and the gas pump.

3.2-liter V6
255 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
243 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (FWD), 17/25 (AWD)

4.2-liter V8
350 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
325 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23

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2008 Audi A6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 158 Ratings for the 2005 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

By far the WORST & LEAST reliable car

By on Sunday, August 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good Looking Very Safe Car"

Cons: "Engine, Service, Cost, Mech."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Really wish I would have stuck with Mercedes, Lexus, or Land Rover. Yes I'm saying it..... I have had 3 Range Rovers and NEVER had issues with any of them!!!! This is the 1st used car I've bought and what a nightmare. Thought I was safe going to an actual Audi dealer, but nope. Before the temp tag was expired the problems began..... 1) Roof Leaking...Not the moon roof, the actual roof. 2) Month 3 coolant light randomly comes on and off, had sensor replaced 3) coolant light again, coolant tank replaced. 4) Oil Leak 5) CV Joints 6) Driveshaft 7) Valve Gaskets 8) Washer Fluid Tank. Now my check engine light has been on for like 5 months, and the Audi dealer cant seem to figure out what the problem is. I have multiple engine cylinder misfires now. Every time I try to get this thing fixed and spend a few grand at Audi, when I pick it up they inform me that what I just had done didn't fix the problem but doing "abc" should with a price tag of a few more grand...... I have had this car for about 2 years. It had 70k miles on it when I bought it. Total time since purchase I haven't had some kind of warning light, sensor, etc.. on, TWO MONTHS!!!! I have pumped over $7k into it so far in just under 2 years. So much for the CERTIFIED AUDI DEALERS how ever many point inspection. Oh and the "warranty" they give ya to 100K miles.... USELESS!!!! I will never own, nor will I recommend Audi to ANYONE!!! I expected so much more. But kudos to LAND ROVER ('99 '03'05 RANGE ROVER); JAGUAR('07 XK); LEXUS ('02 SC/LX '04 LX '08 LS/LX); INFINITI ('04 M45); MERCEDES ('99 SL500 '05 CLK500); & BMW ('03 X5 4.4). Out of the cars listed above, the ones I had NO, NONE, ZERO problems with and in my opinion are superb .... LEXUS / LAND ROVER / JAGUAR. While the other are great. But AUDI.... NEVER AGAIN!! NEVER!!"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

by far the best vehicle I have ever owned . . .

By on Sunday, August 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "excellect road handling, good fuel economy"

Cons: "expensive, but worth the investment"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Heard much about the Audi not being a reliable vehicle, I am telling you, this is far and above the best vehicle I have ever owned . . .several BMW's MB and Lexus (not close) - great sports car handling, superior interior, overall build quality and very dependable . . . tires and brakes only investment, which is pretty standard . . . Oh yes, I have replaced the battery just once since 2006 . . . great value, you bet!"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love, love, love my Audi A6!

By on Saturday, May 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This car is made for a person who loves to drive."

Cons: "None!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned my Audi A6 V8 Prestige for 4 years. This is one exceptional car. The quattro is so needed in the winter, it never fails to get me where I need to go. When I shop for a new car, it's always been Audi for me."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

I Love This Car

By on Saturday, May 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Heavy, safe car in the snow"

Cons: "No Rear assist scensors in reverse"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I gave my Husband such a hard time when he wanted me to pick this car for myself. After driving it for 3 yrs, I can whole heartedly say, its the best car I have had the pleasure of driving. The ride is flawless, it's a tank in the snow & I get nothing but compliments from anyone I have had ride in it. The A6 is heavy & I feel safe in it. The Audi Prestige Package is more than I could ever ask for. The only option I miss is the back up assist scensors. Highly Recommend this car!"

Most fun/enjoyable car for money I have ever owned

By on Thursday, May 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "see above"

Cons: "see above"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Positive: Vey quick, good looking car, with tight non-rattling suspension; comfortable and responsive steering, acceleration, and braking. High reliability. Replaced all 4 tires twice (high performance) and all four brakes once by 50K miles. No major mechanical flaws. Excellent 4 wheeel drive traction. Had Stasis ECU upgrade to 376 hp. Negative: No blue tooth streaming of music, no cooled seat option. Regular maintenance can be pricey (eg. $50 just for windshield wiper replacement blades)."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Simply put: great car!

By on Thursday, May 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great driver, handsome, substantial and still fun."

Cons: "Lack of storage space in cabin."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been driving Yukon XL's (4 of them) for the past 15 years. Now that my kids are grown and my dogs are smaller I decided to go for the A6. I got a fantastic deal on a Certified one, with the 3.0 Supercharged, S line, Prestige trim. Car drives like a dream and looks great in all black. I had heard the nav/radio, etc., was hard but I got it figured out (mostly.) I will say I do miss my readily accessible cup holders, large storage bin under the arm rest and a general lack of places to put stuff in; however, I have probably been carrying too much stuff. I plan to put 4 snows on for Upstate NY winters but that's months away now. Enjoying the car very much. And I have about a 2.5 year warranty so not worried for a while about repairs."

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