Has been kicked for six years without a full redesign while its main competitor has been completely renovated in the past year, the 2018 Audi A6 is experiencing diminished appeal. That’s probably true, but this nice luxury sedan continues to deliver what buyers want in this segment: high performance, luxury, spacious space, and abundant features.
For 2018, there is much more to offer. Not only the 3.0T V6 engine that gets more standard power, even the Premium trim now has the whole of the previous optional technological equipment. You no longer have to pay extra for a USB port or Bluetooth audio, and navigation, Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay are now standard on the trim where they are almost always optional.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available in four trim levels: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige. The 2.0T and 3.0T indicate the engine fitted (a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a supercharged 3.0-liter V6).
Standard equipment for the 2018 Audi A6 2.0T Premium and 3.0T Premium include keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, xenon headlights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, adjustable drive settings, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, eight-way power front seats with heating and driver four-way lumbar adjustment.
Standard tech features include an 8-inch display, Audi’s MMI electronics interface, navigation, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Audi Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, media player interface and satellite radio. Also standard is Audi’s Pre Sense Basic safety system, which senses when a collision is imminent and warns the driver, tensions the seat belts and closes the windows.
The 2018 Audi A6 2.0T and 3.0T Premium Plus adds a blind-spot warning system, LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, a power-adjustable steering wheel, four-zone climate control and a Bose surround-sound audio system.
The 3.0T Prestige includes all above equipment plus a power trunklid, a power rear sunshade, a top-view parking camera system, manual rear side-window shades, a head-up display, front passenger adjustable lumbar and ventilated front seats.
The 2018 Audi A6 also offers a variety of optional packages. The Driver Assistance package adds forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, the top-view camera system with front and rear corner views. The Comfort Seating package adds front passenger seat memory settings, contoured and ventilated front seats with massage function.
The Competition package comes with a high-performance rear differential, a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, sport front seats, various sporty styling flourishes inside and out.
The 2018 Audi A6 2.0T is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission and Front-wheel drive. Optional all-wheel drive (Quattro) is also available, and paired with an eight-speed automatic. The EPA fuel economy expected at 28 mpg combined (24 mpg city/35 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg combined (22 mpg city/32 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.
The 2018 Audi A6 3.0T uses a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic are standard. It also features with automatic engine stop-start technology. EPA fuel economy estimates at 24 mpg combined (20 mpg city/30 mpg highway). For performances, the 2018 Audi A6 3.0T accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, faster for a car in this class.
The 2018 Audi A6 has one of the best interiors in its class, with high quality materials, an attractive dashboard layout and well finished. The infotainment system controls a variety of functions by using a dash-mounted pop-up screen and buttons and knobs on the center console. The system has sharp graphics and sensible menus, and the MMI plus navigation upgrade includes USB integration and touchpad that can recognize fingerprint scratches.
The 2018 Audi A6 front seats are comfortable and very supportive, even for a long trip. The spacious rear seats offer more real leg room than most of its rivals. 14.1 cubic feet of luggage space is slightly below average for this segment, but still very generous in the real world, and folding the rear seats opens up more space when needed.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Audi A6 is expected to arrive at dealerships around the country beginning this fall. It will compete with Cadillac CTS, BMW 5-series, Jaguar XF, Maserati Ghibli, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-class.
Audi will keep their current pricing position for 2018 A6, start at $50,675 for FWD 2.0T Premium, while the AWD version costs $52,875.
The A6 Premium Plus 2.0T front-wheel drive starts at $52,875, costing $55,075 with Quattro all-wheel drive, and the 3.0 supercharged priced at $59,675. The top level A6 Prestige is priced at $62,375.