For more than twenty years, the A6 has been the brand’s mid-size luxury sedan. It competes with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5-Series.
Joined for parts of its life by the higher-performance and sportier S6 sedan, the A6 range has also included the Avant wagon and–briefly–the Allroad crossover utility vehicle. While the Allroad name has returned to the U.S. market, it’s now applied to the wagon version of the A4–one step below the A6 in the Audi hierarchy.
A new Audi A6 went on sale for the 2012 model year. Offered only as a sedan so far, the A6 splits its drivetrains into two clear offerings. A base 211-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder is paired with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive, while the 310-hp supercharged V-6 version gets quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission with available paddle shifters. There’s no contest as to which we prefer: the four-cylinder CVTs in Audi’s past have been fuel-economy specials, while this A6 with the six-cylinder is a spectacular straight-line performer, with taut ride control and light steering, admittedly with little feedback.