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2009 Audi S6

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2009 Audi S6 Review

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Audi knows how to bring the pain to the competition by producing a line of high-performance sedans and coupes to rival the best from BMW, Mercedes and Infiniti. The 2009 Audi S6 is a prime example. Not as smooth on the highway as the more mainstream A6 on which it's based, and not as quick through a canyon as a similarly-priced Porsche 911 Carrera, Audi's factory-tuned S6 – like most of Germany's factory-tuned super sedans – is nonetheless a brilliant way to enjoy varying degrees of each with only a single monthly payment. Now if we could just convince Audi to build a wagon model like the S4 Avant.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the seemingly incongruent concept of a lot of performance but with more gentlemanly behavior, the 2009 Audi S6 will blow you away with its manners.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're focused solely on flash and fast, the 2009 Audi S6 might not appeal to you as deeply as the BMW M5 or the Mercedes-Benz E63.

What's New for 2009

The 2009 Audi S6 receives some minor cosmetic upgrades to its front fascia and rear end, as well as updated wheels. New standard equipment includes a DVD-based navigation unit and rear park assist.

Driving the S6

Driving Impressions Compared to the harder-edged BMW M5 and the neck-snapping Mercedes-Benz E63, the Audi S6 almost feels laid-back at times. Not for a lack of horsepower or agility,...

mind you, but because of the sheer effortlessness with which it goes about the business of being fast. The resulting confidence makes the 2009 Audi S6 a particularly satisfying partner on public roads. The steering and brake systems are tuned appropriately, and you can feel the quattro all-wheel drive system making its contribution to balanced handling. Highway ride comfort takes a slight degradation from the suspension's sport tuning, but even for a long coast-to-coast excursion the S6 would be among our top choices.

LED Daytime Running Lights
Bright white LED daytime running lights – in rows of five set low on either side – give the S6 one of the most distinctive faces on the road.

V10 Engine
We like its smooth power delivery, unique sounds and the simple fact that a V10 is much more of a conversation starter than a V8.

2009 Audi S6 Details
2009 Audi S6 photo Interior

Supportive on both the highway and in the corners, the Audi S6's well-bolstered front seats perfectly exemplify the car's balanced persona. Like most Audi passenger cabins, the feeling of quality is palpable and the sense of impeccable style is encompassing. The standard wood trim is attractive, but the carbon fiber available as an upgrade is exceptional. Audi's MMI central control system is among the more intuitive of these systems on the market today.

Exterior
2009 Audi S6 photo

Visually, the 2009 Audi S6 is distinguished from the A6 by a collection of subtle but aggressive styling elements. A bolder front end is highlighted by a uniquely-styled grille and very distinctive LED daytime running lights. From the side, the S6 is identifiable by its unique 19-inch wheels, aluminum-look exterior mirrors and V10 badges. A tastefully integrated rear spoiler and four oval exhaust tips bring up the rear.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The S6's standard equipment list includes a Bose sound system, Audi's MMI central control system, leather seating, heated front seats, wood trim, sunroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a DVD-based navigation system, reverse parking sensors and camera, keyless unlock and start and adaptive high intensity discharge headlights. Standard safety equipment includes a full complement of front, front-side and side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

Optional features on the S6 include rear heated seats, rear side airbags, black Milano leather upgrade, Audi Side Assist lane change assistant and smaller 18-inch wheels.

Under the Hood

Like its S8 big brother, the mid-size S6 features a slightly larger, direct-injected version of the V10 engine found in the cars' corporate cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo. Combined with a six-speed Tiptronic transmission, the 2008 Audi S6 will reach 60 mph in 5.1 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. Other mechanical highlights include a 40/60 rear-biased quattro all-wheel drive system, along with more aggressive suspension tuning, bigger brakes and a more direct steering ratio than the A6.

5.2-liter V10
435 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
398 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000-4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19

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2009 Audi S6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.9
Out of 10

Based on 11 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.8/10
    Quality
    10.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.9/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.7/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Audi S6 after 5 BMWs

By on Monday, July 22, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,400

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: "Power, acceleration, road grip, fun to drive"

Cons: "None"

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

"I've had 5 BMWs over the last 15 years. When it was time for a new car, I test drove the Audi S4 and S6 as well as the BMW 335xi, 550xi, M3 and M5. The S6 was the perfect mix of performance, value, features, style and driving fun. I can easily say it's the best car I've ever owned."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car at this price point

By on Sunday, March 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

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
9/10

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

"Great car, fun to drive and lots of tech. The tech is pretty simple to use, and the head-up display is esp. nice as I find my self looking at instrument cluster far less except at night when I'm using night vision to see if I am missing anything. The B&O sound system is worth the money IMHO. We are hearing things in old music we never heard before even on good home stereo. It does lack on the bottom end however and clips a bit there. Std. MP3's and such are not using this system to it's fullest. Listen to it with either a real CD or an iPod with loss less recordings. (Car does not support loss less decoding with using an iPod.) Could the car be improved? Yes, but with minor items that don't really affect ones use of the car. Does it need improved to be one of the best out? No."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

One of the best

By on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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: "Reliable, stylish, fun to drive & easy to control"

Cons: "not the last word in torque,"

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

"I was looking for a sports car but needed a sedan to haul around the family every once in a while. I got the best of both in the S6. The V10 is a very powerful engine, immediatly responsive and eager to please. Unless I'm stuck in traffic, I prefer driving it in S mode, which tweaks up the torque a bit. While the car's exterior has some extra styling compared to the A6, it looks sufficietly similar not to bring unwanted attention to itself. Inside the car is very well done. Classy but also sporty, with all the comforts you will find in a high end sedan. All for 15K less then a M5 or E63. Gotta love Audi!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Switched from BMW M to 2013 Audi S6

By on Thursday, December 06, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,700

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great performance, great comfort, great price"

Cons: "Too many electronic displays... Feels cluttered"

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

"After owning two M3s and three M5s over the past 18 years, I have switched to the 2013 Audi S6. I have been very pleased with the S6 handling, speed, comfort, and price. I can't find the downside of a car that handles better than the 2013 M5, has 4WD, and costs $20k less."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Awesome sleeper car

By on Saturday, March 26, 2011

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

"Despite all of the performance characteristics of the car, which are many and impressive, I was surprised at how reliable this car has been. Nothing has gone wrong with it, and I drive my car daily in all seasons and pretty hard...... An excellent mix of performance, technology and passenger comfort....it's no M5, but it's not supposed to be. HIGHLY recommend this rig, it rocks!!!"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great value for the price

By on Monday, March 21, 2011

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

"I got the car at a good price at the end of Audi's car year. I tried the BMW M5, and sadly the people there didn't take you seriously and had no manual M5's. The S6's acceleration is outstandingly smooth. You dont' get head jerks from that of the M5 automatic etc and it's significantly cheaper for a decked out model compared to BMW and mercedes. The features on this guy are quite many, and the handling is amazing when trying to avoid accidents. It hides well, I've been followed a few times by cops but they went after louder looking cars eventually. :) It's expensive, but also worth it. Pros: Awesome awesome engine noise, lots of room for a group of friends/family, great stereo, once you get familiar with the car better you can choose the mode that is best for conditions (manual/sports/drive), the look of the car in the back. Cons: The nav interface is a little strange and the movement of it is a little sluggish, would be nice to have traffic set up a little different because it's one of the best features to have in a car (in LA). The actual look of the front grill is not as good as I would have liked (A4 or A8's look so much better), I am going to find an aftermarket shop to make minor mods to the front and also probably chip the car (speed gov on a >300HP car is lame)."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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