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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
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 38 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Not worth it to me

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, good power, good fuel economy."

Cons: "Uncomfortable for me; no cup holders, poor service"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This is by far the nicest car I have ever owned, and there are many things to recommend it. I have been particularly impressed with the power and the fuel economy. But... the "person storage space" (place for my electronic notepad and folders) is minimal; I wind up placing them on the floor. The cup holders are too small, you can really put two cups of $tarbucks coffee next to each other. The seats are too small; the side bolster presses against my thighs. The dealer suggested this could be adjusted, but we did not find any way to do this. The MMI "infotainment system" will go unused since the security (with multiple passwords and PINs) makes it largely opaque. The biggest issue, however, is getting it fixed. At the end of October, I was involved in what I would consider to be a relatively minor rear end collision (I was hit from the rear). The accident happened in a city without an Audi dealership, but the body shop (a part of a regional chain) seems to be profession and accessing the damage and getting the parts. The problem is getting all the parts; the sheet metal was bad enough, but getting the electronics has been a nightmare. At one point Audi did not have any of the parts and did not know when they would be available. The body shop's electronic specialist seems to be doing their best, but I don't get the feeling that they get much support from Audi. I have been without my car for more than 10 weeks and may be able to pick it up next week. I got to drive it 12 weeks. Oh, and Audi Roadside Assistance? I was hit on Saturday afternoon and was told that they could not do anything until Monday morning. Completely worthless; I won't waste my time contacting them again. No one plans to be in an accident, but I would expect more help from Audi when that happens."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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

By on Friday, January 08, 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."

1 person out of 1 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"

18 people out of 33 found this review helpful

The best of the best

By on Friday, September 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Greatengineering"

Cons: "None"

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

"This is my third A6, and I've lost count of how many Audi 5000. A4 since the first Audi Each time they make them better. I bought the 2014 A6 2 years ago, downsized to the 2.0 Turbo don't need the extra power kick any more. Engine is adequate, have hit 33mpg on long trips. Speaking of long trips, the A6 is a pleasant ride. Handles well ect. What distinguishes this model is the electronics, maps, radio wifi, Audi connect. Well worth the extra cost. Only problem was a failed fuel injector, dealer sent tow truck and fixed under warrantee. Now at 35,000 she still gets noticed and is a sheer joy to drive."

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Great car and Great Gas mileage

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, comfort, acceleration, gas mileage"

Cons: "trunk not wide enough to carry golf bags horizonta"

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

"This is the best car I have ever owned, and I have had a lot of cars. While pricey, it is comfortable, fast, roomy and gets great gas mileage. 40 mpg+ on the highway, about 33 mpg everyday driving. No regrets at all about purchasing this fine automobile. diesel is the way to go, I do not know why most cars sold int he USA are not diesel."

16 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Worth buying it

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price, Driving dynamics, styling"

Cons: "Missing USB cable"

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

"I was looking to try a German car other than BMW (as I have used it already) and Audi A6 is the car that I was looking for and its worth buying it (V6 version)"

17 people out of 35 found this review helpful

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