The Audi A6 is everything you want in a car. It blends luxury, convenience, power and good handling thus making a trip to and from the office very enjoyable. In fact, the car is rated among the best in every category in its market segment. In short, the 2018 Audi A6 provides value for every dollar you spend on it. What’s more, if you want all the luxury trappings but need a model that you can take to the tracks occasionally, Audi offers the S6 trim which packs an amazing V-8 power-plant under the hood. With this car, you can give the Mercedes-AMG E43 and BMW M550i a run for their money.
2018 Audi A6 Exterior and Interior
The A6 is built with a bold design which the automaker has enhanced for 2018 by revising the grille, headlights as well as the bumper. At the rear, Audi has also revised the look of the LED taillights. The new taillights give the model as a sleek stance. Those looking for a more aggressive design can opt for the Competition package that is offered on the Premium Plus as well as the Prestige trim. The package adds an aggressive tone characterized by red brake calipers, mirror housings finished in black as well as 20-inch, five-double-spoke matte-Titanium wheels wrapped with summer tires. The performance-oriented S6 looks like the other A6 models (ones with the Competition package but adds quad exhaust tips.
The cabin styling is on point; it is comfortable, classy and full of latest technologies. The leather is the main upholstery material in the cabin. The model comes with the automaker’s MMI infotainment system with a navigation system as standard. The system features an Audi Smartphone interface and integrates Google maps. The model, however, misses out on the more advanced Audi Virtual Cockpit but the automaker has integrated a configurable digital dash including a screen between the analogue gauges that relays various content including maps. All passengers get to enjoy ample legroom. The model also offers a respectable 14 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk.
The base Premium trim features as standard xenon headlights that integrate LED DRLs, 3-zone climate control, memory settings for the driver’s seat, passive entry along with push-button ignition, a sunroof and cruise control. Its MMI system features a 7.0-inch display. The system integrates both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Premium trim models ride on 18-inch wheels. A Sport package is optional; it adds a sport suspension, black headliner and 19-inch wheels. There is also a Cold Weather package that adds heated rear seats (heated front seats are standard) and a heated steering wheel. A Black Optic package adds a gloss-black trim on many surfaces as well as 19- or 20-inch black wheels.
The Premium Plus trim adds full LED headlights, a 14-speaker Bose sound system, 4-zone climate control, ambient lighting and blind-pot monitoring. Buyers can opt for the Cold Weather or Sport package; in addition, there is a Driver Assistance package that adds lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights as well as forward collision warning that has automatic braking capability.
The range-topping Prestige trim adds a head-up display, 8-way power adjustable driver seat along with 4-way lumber support, an automatic tailgate, as well as a top-view camera. All optional packages in the Premium Plus trim are also available in the Prestige trim. In addition, there is an optional Comfort Seating package that adds memory function for the front passenger seat, Valcona leather upholstery and massage function on front seats.
Engine and performance
Power is available from three different engines, a turbocharged inline-4, a supercharged V-6 and a V-8. The base inline-4 has a displacement of 2.0 liters. It produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine is available in front-wheel-drive and the automaker’s Quattro all-wheel drive. Front wheel models use a 7-speed S Tronic automatic gearbox while AWD models use an 8-speed automatic system. Models with front-wheel drive are EPA rated at 25 mpg city and 34 mpg on highway drives while AWD models return 22 mpg in city and 31 mpg on highway drives. The supercharged V-6 has a displacement of 3.0 liters; the engine produces 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The engine is available in Quattro AWD system and is paired with the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission system. This engine is EPA rated at 20 mpg in city and 29 mpg on highway drives.
The performance-oriented S6 carries a 4.0 L, V-8 power-plant mated to a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch that channels the ‘juice” to all wheels. The mill produces 450 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.
Price and release date
The base 2018 Audi A6 has an MSRP of $50,675 inclusive of destination fees. The sedan is $2,100 more expensive than the current model due to the new features. The base AWD A6 fetches $52,875 with the inline-4 mill. To take the supercharged V-6 home, you will need a minimum of $57,545 and over $70,000 if you select the top trim and all its extra features. The S6 comes in either the Premium Plus or the Prestige trims. In Premium Plus guise, it has a price of $72,875 while in Prestige trim it fetches over $75,000.
The new 2018 Audi A6 lines up against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Maserati Ghibli, Jaguar XF, Volvo S90 and Lexus GS. As said earlier, the S trim competes with the likes of Mercedes-AMG E43 and BMW M550i.