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2012 Audi A6

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2012 Audi A6 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

Audi is the Hyundai of the luxury car segment. Which is to say, it's currently enjoying an unprecedented tear. New models and striking designs are generating newfound levels of consumer lust, leading to record sales. The all-new 2012 Audi A6 sedan is not a radical redesign, and the subtle change exemplifies Audi's strategy of going after and BMW and Mercedes-Benz by confidently sticking to its own path. While the BMW 5 Series has long been the obvious choice for enthusiasts, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the preferred ride for those seeking more traditional luxury, the 2012 Audi A6 trades in technology and design, unbeholden to a base of buyers with racing aspirations or early bird reservations.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you find the Mercedes-Benz E-Class too stodgy and the BMW 5 Series too sterile, you might fall in love with the all-new 2012 Audi A6 and its rich but contemporary design, category-leading tech options and/or its unique balance of around-town ease and at-the-limits poise.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2012 Audi A6 sedan is a tough sell for performance enthusiasts. For instance, while a base BMW 5 Series offers an 8-speed auto transmission and rear-wheel drive, the entry-level A6 is offered only in front-wheel drive with a "gearless" continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). And if you prefer not just rear-drive but V8 power, you're out of luck on both counts with the A6.

What's Significant About This Car?

More tech, more style and a newly available 4-cylinder turbo engine option are key changes to the all-new 2012 Audi A6.

Driving the A6

Driving Impressions The 2012 Audi A6 requires a lighter touch around town than a BMW 5 Series sedan. At the same time, it feels more athletic than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. But more...

than a meet-in-the-middle compromise, the Audi A6 satisfies on both the comfort and performance fronts. The available supercharged 3.0-liter engine is responsive throughout its rev range, the 8-speed automatic transmission is equally smooth and flexible. Another enhancement worth considering, the rear-biased all-wheel drive system effortlessly puts power to pavement. No matter the situation, driving the 2012 Audi A6 is an exercise in ease. Wheeling into a tight parking space or charging a favorite highway on-ramp, the 2012 Audi A6 never asks too much and always returns much more. If we could change one thing, we'd swap the fuel-saving but quirky electric power steering system for a traditional hydraulic unit, but our distaste is more of a pet peeve as we hear few complaints from those who live with similar systems.

Dedicated Internet Access
For $25-$30 per month through T-Mobile, the 2012 Audi A6 gets its own connection to the Internet, providing access to Google maps and location data, traffic and weather information, and the ability to connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices, like computers, iPads and smartphones.

Stop & Go Cruise Control
Using video cameras plus short- and long-distance radar sensors, the 2012 Audi A6 will gas and brake itself along in stop-and-go traffic. All you have to do is stay awake and steer.

2012 Audi A6 Details
2012 Audi A6 photo Interior

The 2012 Audi A6 boasts not only our favorite interior in the segment, but one of the finest passenger cabins money can buy: an unmatched mix of contemporary design, high-quality materials and impeccable build quality. The A6 is also the choice in the segment for tech-lovers, offering dedicated Internet access that enables Google-powered maps and location information, and turns the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight personal devices. The center console-mounted volume knob, placed conveniently adjacent to the main MMI control knob, remains one of our favorite little touches.

Exterior
2012 Audi A6 photo

The sheet metal of the fully redesigned 2012 Audi A6 sedan is as improved as it is familiar. The profile of the new car is remarkably similar to that of its predecessor, but the new one is more defined, more athletic, less droopy. Bright, crisp LED lighting options perfectly complement the modern aesthetic.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Not only does the 2012 A6 2.0T Premium boast one of the lowest starting prices in the category, there's not a single glaring omission from its standard equipment set. It includes all the luxuries you'd expect in the segment - leather, sunroof, auto headlights, seat memory, etc. - plus many of the newer niceties like keyless start (but not keyless entry), Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity and iPod/iPhone integration. Topped off by highway fuel economy of 33 miles per gallon, the entry-priced A6 is one of the best values going in the luxury class.

Optional Equipment

The 2012 Audi A6 offers an impressive array of comfort, convenience and safety technologies. In addition to all the benefits of dedicated Internet access, the A6 offers adaptive cruise control that can stop-and-go the sedan through a traffic jam. Audi Night Vision Assistant can detect nearby pedestrians on dark roads. A color head-up display projects speed and navigation information onto the windshield and closer to your field of vision. Audi Pre Sense Plus monitors the road ahead and can warn of a potential collision. And let's not forget the 15-speaker, 1,300-watt, $5,900 Bang & Olufsen sound system - worth it if you can afford it.

Under the Hood

Audi's supercharged V6 is one of our favorite engines. Now that it produces 10 more horsepower in the A6, is matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and has fewer pounds to push - the new A6 is actually lighter than the old one by about 80 pounds – Audi says its 3.0-liter thrill mill will run the 2012 Audi A6 to 60 miles per hour in an impressive 5.3 seconds, compared with 5.9 seconds for the outgoing version. We haven't yet driven the 2012 Audi A6 2.0T with the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but we suspect it will deliver enough oomph for most buyers - it's lighter and offers more torque, after all, than the outgoing 3.2-liter V6 it replaces. As for the continuously variable transmission attached to the 4-cylinder, that remains an acquired taste.

2.0-liter turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder
211 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 3,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/33 (CVT automatic)

3.0-liter supercharged V6
310 horsepower @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 (8-speed automatic)

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2012 Audi A6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 26 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

Super refined great comfortable handling

By on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Super quality & refinement. Power. Gas mileage."

Cons: "Steering feel could be a bit better."

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

"My first expensive luxury (bucket list) car.Great ride for very sporty handling & comfort.Supple & sporty & very comfortable.A pleasure to drive. Super quiet & very refined. Super beautiful quality interior.Oozes quality all over.Gas mileage very impressive for 4,000+lb's.& 4 wheel drive. Easily gets low 30's (3.2 supercharged engine) on the highway with great power (0-60 app. 5.4).Very quiet engine, can't hear or feel it running.MMI & Nav system & electronics very good but needs time to learn proper use.Lots of small quality details.Best paint & fit & finish quality.Very classy in & out . I feel like I need to get dressed up to drive this car."

13 people out of 24 found this review helpful

A very nice german car

By on Sunday, October 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Engine and road noise is very low. safty feature."

Cons: "need be real careful in brake-in period"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"After a lots of internet study and test drive for ~$50K full size luxury sedan, I bought the new A6 2.0T 2015. To be honest,it is my first German car. Here is the good things -- No doubt, the car handling is better than most Japanese brand. Car is beautiful with outstanding interior quality and style. Comparing with BMW 5 2.0T, Audi's 2.0T engine is much quieter at low speed. The 2.0T turbo charged engine gives you enough power to compete with any regular 6 cylinder car. Consider the car is all wheel drive, its MPG is quite impressive and my car easily got 30+MPG without using cruise control, which is over its spec. The voice recognition learning feature makes the voice command real work most time for the people with heavy accent. I remember the voice command in my 2010 Lexus has almost never worked for me. Now here is what you may get disappointed -- if you own this car. As a typical German car with turbo charged engine, it need be take care more careful in its brake-in period otherwise its engine life time may be reduced. Its brake is very good but you may hear some noise in its brake-in period since Audi using metal to metal brake system. Audi connection is a good feature to have but the 2015 A6 is still using 3G provided by T-mobile. T-mobile 3G is pretty slow even with full signal bar in my area (Bay Area). Summary -- If you are looking for a full size luxury family sedan. It is one of best on the market. Audi is the only none-Japanese brand got in top 5 for reliability by consumer report study in recent year."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Better than previously owned BMW and Mercedes

By on Friday, August 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful to look at and fun to drive."

Cons: "No sunglasses holder."

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

"Beautiful inside and out. Black on black. Reliable, good acceleration, decent gas mileage. Lots of fun to drive. Price and depreciation fairly steep but, hopefully, you get what you pay for. Definitely turns heads when driving down the road. In one year of ownership have only needed oil changed and tires rotated."

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Best car I've owned

By on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Interior, acceleration, reliabilaty, style"

Cons: "price, overboosted steering, seat side bolsters"

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

"Coming from BMW 5 series for 16 years(e 39's and e 60's) this mid sized Audi was refreshing. No run flats to deal with. Amazing snow performance with winter tires. Great fuel economy typically getting 30 mpg on highway. 3.0 supercharged engine mated to 8 speed automatic gives tremendous acceleration. Car has been 100% reliable in 45 K miles. Only wish is for a wagon to come to USA."

17 people out of 28 found this review helpful

I think is the best audi ever!!!

By on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is my second A6 (2012), previously owned A6 2008. This car is a completely different animal. fun to drive, great MPG for a car this size. Mine had the prestige package, LED headlamps. I love audi select, the car feels different in each option, is like having 2-3 differents cars. I really believe audi hit a homerun with this one!!!"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

This car has it all!

By on Sunday, May 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,200

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: "Looks, power, fuel efficiency."

Cons: "Rear seat legroom a bit limited."

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

"The A6 3.0 TSFI truly is the perfect balance of luxury, performance, electronics, driver experience, fuel efficiency and dealer support. The power of the 310 horses combined with the 33 mpg I easily get on the highway seems difficult to match anywhere. The placement in the cockpit of controls for the driver is perfect and intuitive."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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