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2012 Audi A6

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2012 Audi A6 Review

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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 New for 2012

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 42 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Wonderful Ride

By on Monday, July 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride. Adaptive Cruise Control great value."

Cons: "Sub-par Navigation system."

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

"We now have almost 7000 miles on our new Audi A6 2.0T Quattro, including one good long trip plus a lot of driving in the local area. It has a solid, yet responsive feel. It is very stable and comfortable— so much so that one member of our family, who is so motion-sensitive that she always needs to right up front, was able to ride in the back, even over twisting mountain passes. The Adaptive Cruise Control was all that we hoped for, and more. Audi’s version works better than most competitors. It takes a tremendous amount of stress off the driving. It added at least 100 miles to what we could drive each day on the long trip. Furthermore, we use it most of the time for local driving— everywhere but where there is a traffic light every block, or in the mountains where there are tight corners that require slower approaches. We don’t know why anyone would have an Audi without the feature. Some of the other features in the Driver Assistance Package are also important. I did not expect much from the Active Lane Assist, but combined with the generously-sized side view mirrors, it makes lane changing much easier and safer. The top-view camera system is very helpful for parking, even in our own garage. The High Beam Assistant works very well. The MMI system integrates well with our cell phone for making and receiving calls. The synchronization was automatic, and could not have been easier. The only disappointment is the Navigation system. It is frustrating that it can display addresses synched from the cell phone, but then cannot navigate to them. For navigation, the addresses have to be entered separately in a duplicate fashion. The process is so clumsy that we found we had to pull over and stop the car to enter the data. Apparently, the MMI system was put together with software from different sources, and the address databases for the phone and the navigation are not integrated. It would have been far better to have provided Apple Car Play or the equivalent from Android; the phone manufacturers are way ahead of the auto industry in figuring out the user interface on these items. All in all, this is a wonderful car, easy to drive, with a wonderful ride."

Love this car! I brag about it every chance I get!

By on Friday, April 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Performance that will astonish you - and others!"

Cons: "Governor, wheezy sounding engine, loses value fast"

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

"I have owned this vehicle for about three years and although I paid VERY retail for it, I have never regretted it. When I saw it at the dealership, I immediately fell in love. It is red with the light-biege interior - you don't see hardly any red ones and it is a beautiful color. The car has every option (with the exception of the B&O audio) that is offered and i'll tell you, the night-vision comes in handy. When driving in my neighborhood in the dark, the deer are very visible on the display and thusly easily avoided. My vehicle has the innovative package which also adds the HUD and LED headlights. I especially like the navigation on my windshield. The directions on the HUD display keep me from having to look off the road when navigating unfamilliar city roads. Of course, these toys are great additions to already fantastic automobile. Last year (just to burn-up the last little bit of my tires) I took it on the Barber Race course in Birmingham and found this A6 loves the track. I graduated the Porsche Sport Driving School a few years prior (on this same track) and would gladly pit this 3.0 supercharged sedan against any of the Porche cars in that class. WOW! What a great car. I let my former boss drive my vehicle and he was amazed at how quickly it accellerated. It is surprisingly powerful. If there was ever a car that would bring a smile to your face, if this one isn't it, you are probably dead. I recently took it to Gatlinburg (or more correctly, it took me) and at one point I was averaging 34mpg. Not typical - I get about 31mpg on shorter interstate jaunts. I must've had a tail wind. This is my 2nd A6. My 1st is a 2006 that I have had for years. It already has in excess of 150k on the odometer and is still an attractive and great driving automobile - yes, I still have it. It has been my wifes car and I liked it so much that I had to have one when the new ones came out. Though I am more partial to the steering feel and engine sound of my 2006, my 2012 is better in every other way. The one downfall to owning such an expensive and luxorious automobile is that it tends to alienate co-workers who repeatedly ask how much more I am making than they are. Those who are my friends are happy for me and will eagerly ride with me to lunch - we arrive sooner than everyone else since it is so much faster than most other vehicles on the road. It is a lot of fun to drive and I frequently offer others the opportunity to give it a try. I am only bummed by the 135mph governor, though I have only hit it a few times. Audi's are expensive, especially when optioned like mine (68k sticker); moreover, as with any high-dollar car, it loses a significant amount of value in its early years. If you have a chance to own one of my generation Audi A6's, I highly recommend it - just wait a few years after its release so someone else will pay the greater share of its depreciation. I didn't care as I hope to keep mine until the wheels fall off."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great car!!

By on Thursday, February 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
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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: "Great styling, great to drive; great gas mileage"

Cons: "I can't drive it enough!!"

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

"I purchased my 2012 Audi A6 new and now have 30,000 miles on it. I absolutely love, love this car. Its comfortable, sporty and fun to drive. The quality is solid thus far. My only concern as I keep this car for a long time, is how much some of the standard maintenance items might cost. This is my first German car in a very long time, and it seems the replacement parts can be quite expensive. Then again it is a high-performance vehicle with high-performance components, and not a low end mass-market Camry or Accord. I suppose it just comes with the territory."

One of the finest Automobiles that I have taken on

By on Thursday, February 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Firm and secure feeling when driving. Great ride"

Cons: "Rear door compartments are small"

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

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"This automobile comes with a winter and summer set of tires and rims. Premium 19' summer wheels and 18' winter wheels.This automobile has the remainder of a 6 year 100000 mile warranty. That amounts to 44000 miles and 4 years. The Dakota Grey color is unique in itself and garners much attention. 22-24 mpg in city driving and 30-32 mpg on the highway at 75 to 80 mph. Plays SD cards, flash drives, MP3 player, and iPod."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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2015 A6 3.0T - Best car I've ever owned, bar none

By on Friday, January 8, 2016

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
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power train, handling, styling, value"

Cons: "Needs stronger wheel shaker"

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

"I purchased my Ibis White A6 in July after shopping the mid-size sport/luxury sedan market for 18 months. All my internet research pointed to the Audi and my own test drives (E350, GS350, 535iX, Q70 and CTS in addition to the A6)confirmed what I'd read. They're all nice vehicles to be sure, but none pushed ALL my buttons like the Audi. I shopped for a very specific equipment set; 3.0T power train, premium plus package, driver assistance package, cold weather package and Bose sound system. I wanted ventilated front seats, but to get them, you have to buy the prestige package and pay for other stuff I didn't care about. I shopped regionally (TX, AZ and CO) because there is only one NM dealer, but ended up buying locally, though with a competitive offer in hand from a Dallas area dealer. Got a great price because the 2016 A6s came out early...don't know for sure but there were likely dealer incentives to move the 2015s. Styling beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I love the understated exterior lines and low-slung stance. Surprisingly, the lower front fascia has more curb clearance than I expected...scraping the underside of the front bumper has been a sore point in both Cadillacs I've owned. The interior styling is also understated (though the retracting MMI display is cool), but material quality and fit/finish are outstanding and the front seats are very comfortable. Haven't had many rear seat passengers yet, but my 6' son claimed he had plenty of room. External visibility is excellent. And then there's the heated steering wheel on a cold morning...wonderful. The driving experience is incredible. The supercharged V6 has plenty of power (311 hp advertised - at least for me) and delivers it with turbine-like smoothness. There's no supercharger lag at all during moderate or hard acceleration. And quiet too...engine noise is inaudible at idle and unnoticeable at speed. Not sure what I'd do with the power of an S6. The car handles like it's on rails, though there doesn't seem to be a lot of road feedback through the steering wheel. Not a problem for me as I don't drive it at the edge of the envelope. I love the solid, planted impression I get when I drive it...very confidence inspiring. I'm looking forward to trying it out in icy/snowy conditions. The technology is really cool...blind spot monitors, lane keeping assist and backup-corner cameras/parking sensors all work as advertised, though the wheel shaker for the lane-keep assist could be a little more aggressive. The MMI interface is not as difficult to learn as some reviews would suggest, but it does take a little practice. Cell phone integration is seamless. I haven't really learned the voice control system yet, nor tried out the active cruise control. Google Earth integration with the Nav display is really cool! I've had no reliability issues, but my reliability score is not 10 only because I don't have many miles on the odometer yet. Combined mileage so far is around 20 mpg...significantly better than the DeVille it replaced. But I didn't buy it to save gas...I bought it to drive. And every time I get out of it, I find myself looking forward to the next time I get in."

19 people out of 20 found this review helpful

I HATE my Audi A6

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,800

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "drives well on open roads"

Cons: "Not a NY car plus too many to list"

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

"I have a 2014 2.0 A6 it is by far the worst luxury car I have ever owned . It has been in the shop 3 times for brakes that squeal and sound like a train when stopping . My battery died twice on cold days when the car was not driven for a few days . It is very uncomfortable it kills my back and legs .Its like sitting on a milk box with leather Audi sedans are not made for NY driving . I would never buy this car again its not worth the money you spend"

22 people out of 47 found this review helpful

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