2017 Audi A6 Walk Around

The A6 offers ample head and legroom, although taller drivers might find the right knee hitting the wide center tunnel. Rear-seat space is limited. Two six-footers can fit in back, but their knees will be grazing the front seatbacks. The A7 feels a bit roomier inside, despite its tighter entry and less head room, because of a lower roofline.

The A6 has less room inside than some of its midsize rivals because its nose is longer and trunk shorter. There’s still an average 14.1 cubic feet in the trunk. Folding the rear seats offers more cargo space, although they don’t fold completely flat.

The front and rear seats are highly comfortable, so it’s a good car on road trips. We especially like the headrests. Heated and ventilated front seats are available, standard on the Prestige model.

Fit and finish in the cabin is excellent, at the dozens of panel, trim, and upholstery joints and seams, so many it can feel frenetic. The A6 is quieter than the smaller A4 sedan, as it should be. Like other German sedans, small storage bins in the cabin are limited. Cupholders are small, although the door pockets have spots for water bottles. The center armrest bin is a shallow and the glovebox small.

The dashboard and instrument panel is low and slim, with a pop-up display screen in the center. There’s an available head-up display on the lower windshield over the driver’s eyes.

The A6 Competition model features a flat-bottomed steering wheel and Valcona leather seats.


The base 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has only made its 252 horsepower since 2016, and it’s been much appreciated, with its 7-speed dual clutch transmission even more so, because it replaced a CVT. The 7-speed delivers precise shifts and helps the strong fuel mileage.

The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 comes in two versions; in the Prestige it makes 333 horsepower, and the in the new Competition it makes 340, with 325 pound-feet of torque in both states of tune.

The handling of the 2.0 is unobjectionable. It inspires no passion. The 3.0-liter is more engaging, competent but still not inspired.

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