- Large updates for 2016 including more powerful engines and new styling
- V-6 engines (one gas, one diesel) come with standard all-wheel drive
- Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels
The midsize Audi A6 sedan gets a slew of welcomed updates for 2016 on the outside, under the hood, and in the cabin as well. The A6 competes with the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, lofty company.
Exterior styling changes give the A6 more of a nip and a tuck, rather than wholesale design updates. Up front the grille keeps a similar shape but is new, as are the front bumper and headlights, with redesigned LED accents. There is also a new rear bumper and trapezoidal tailpipes that sit below new LED taillights. Standard exterior features include automatic headlights, a sunroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels (19- and 20-inch wheels are also available).
The A6 is offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Premium models are only offered with the base engine, which comes in the familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder setup found up and down Audi’s lineup. But this engine has also been thoroughly redesigned and offers more power, 252-hp and 273 pounds-feet of torque. Premium Plus models offer the most powertrain diversity, available with the base engine or one of two V-6 engines, one gasoline and the other diesel. The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 also gets a power boost for 2016, up to 333-hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque. The diesel engine is a carryover from last year, a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel offering 240-hp and 428 pounds-feet of torque. Prestige models are only available with one of the V-6 engines. The four-cylinder engine comes mated to a seven-speed automatic and front-wheel drive by default, with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system optional. The V-6 engines both come with Quattro standard and A6 variants with all-wheel drive get an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy is best with the diesel engine, an estimated 25/38 mpg city/highway. This is followed by FWD four-cylinder models (24/35 mpg), AWD four-cylinder models (22/32 mpg), and finally the gas-powered V-6 models (20/30 mpg).
The A6 also gets some serious interior upgrades as well, adding new technology including a revised instrument cluster that offers the best navigation integration we have seen to date. The upgraded instrument cluster comes with the navigation system, which also offers an eight-inch touchscreen that rises out of the dash. In the instrument cluster, instead of just displaying directions it will actually display full Google Earth images that can be scrolled via controls on the steering wheel. Maps for the navigation system also update over the air – no discs or SD cards needed. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, real wood trim pieces, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, leather upholstery, powered/heated front seats, and a HomeLink programmable garage door opener. Also available are a Bose surround sound system, HD radio, and the latest version of Audi’s MMI interface, which now includes Wi-Fi hotspot capability via an AT&T 4G LTE connection
Safety features also get an upgrade for 2016 A6, which received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS for its performance in crash testing, their highest distinction. Eight airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control come standard. Also available are night vision, which uses infrared cameras to help you see pedestrians at night, an overhead and rear corner camera system, head-up display, blind spot warnings, adaptive cruise control, and front/rear parking sensors.s