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2013 Audi A6 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

Audi is on a tear, with striking new models generating record sales. The 2013 Audi A6 sedan, redesigned last year, exemplifies Audi's strategy of going after 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, Audi's A6 strikes a unique balance: technology and design, performance and efficiency. Its engines – a 2.0 turbocharged four and a 3.0 supercharged six – are strong and efficient, its sheetmetal is crisp and distinctive, and its interior is as good as modern automotive cabins get. For a stronger bias toward speed, the family also includes the 420-horsepower S6 sports sedan.

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 2013 Audi A6. Its design is rich but contemporary, tech options are category-leading and it strikes an impressive balance of around-town ease and at-the-limits poise.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2013 Audi A6 sedan is not an easy sell for hard-core performance fans. While a base BMW 5 Series offers an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the entry-level A6 features front-wheel drive (FWD) with a "gearless" continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

What's New for 2013

All-new last year, the Audi A6 is little changed for 2013. Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) is now available with the base 2.0 turbo engine, an economizing stop/start feature is added to the 3.0 supercharged engine and top- and corner-view cameras are available for the parking-assist system.

Driving the A6
Driving Impressions

The 2013 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 delightfully responsive throughout its rev range. The 8-speed automatic transmission is smooth and flexible. The rear-biased quattro AWD system effortlessly puts power to pavement. No matter the situation, driving the A6 is an exercise in ease. Wheeling into a tight parking space or charging a favorite onramp, this Audi never asks too much and always returns much more. If we could change one thing, we'd like better road feel and response from the fuel-saving but quirky electric power steering. Obviously, the sport-oriented S6 changes the equilibrium, with its lusty 420-horsepower turbo V8 and firmer suspension.

DEDICATED INTERNET ACCESS
For $25-$30 per month through T-Mobile, the 2013 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 2013 Audi A6 will gas and brake itself along in stop-and-go traffic. All you have to do is stay awake and steer.

2013 Audi A6 Details
Interior

The 2013 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 hot spot for up to eight personal devices. The center console-mounted volume knob, placed conveniently adjacent to the main MMI (Multi Media Interface) control, remains a favorite small touch.

Exterior

The sheetmetal of the Audi A6 sedan, completely redesigned last year, is clean and restrained, and very familiarly Audi. The profile of the car is remarkably similar to that of its predecessor and its A4 and A8 stablemates, but it still looks fresh, athletic and purposeful. Bright, crisp LED lighting options perfectly complement the modern aesthetic. Audi claims a remarkably low 0.26 drag coefficient for the A6, which helps the car slide through the air efficiently. Befitting its brawny, sporting role, the powerful S6 has identifying lower-body aero aids and a distinctive face.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Although the 2013 A6 2.0T Premium boasts 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, automatic 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. Outstanding EPA fuel-economy ratings (25/33 mpg city/highway with front-drive) make the entry-priced A6 one of the best values going in the luxury class.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 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, close to your field of vision. Audi Pre Sense Plus monitors the road ahead and can warn of a potential collision. For this year, the parking assist system gets new top- and corner-view cameras.

Under the Hood

Audi's supercharged 3.0 V6 is one of our favorite engines. With 310 horsepower and the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic in the A6, Audi says it runs 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The 2.0T standard engine delivers flexible thrust that will satisfy most drivers, though obviously, it's working harder in this car than it does in the smaller A4. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) attached to the 2.0 in FWD applications remains an acquired taste: functional and calibrated for good fuel efficiency but not the stuff of enthusiasts' dreams. The 8-speed Tiptronic automatic accompanies all quattro AWD applications, with both engines. Speaking of dreams, the 420-horspower 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 in the S6 launches the 4400-pound car to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
211 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 3,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/33 mpg (CVT automatic, FWD), 20/30 mpg (8-speed automatic, AWD)

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 mpg

4.0-liter turbocharged V8
420 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27 mpg

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2013 Audi A6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 41 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
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

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

By on Friday, April 08, 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."

2 people out of 7 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 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."

17 people out of 18 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 42 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."

20 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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