It’s impressive, then, that the 2017 Audi A6 has managed to remain competitive despite not being completely redesigned since 2012. The A6’s allure lies in its combination of efficient power, ride refinement, modern interior design and classic styling. The four- or six-cylinder sedan engines provide smooth traction at nearly any speed while the tight suspension keeps the car on the road and eliminates most imperfections. Not surprisingly, the A6 received an Edmunds “A” rating for overall excellence.
For 2017, the A6 largely holds the successful formula of last year’s model. There are subtle new design treatments, expanded wheel options, smartphones, and upgraded entertainment interfaces. Most famous is the new 3.0T Competition, which offers a more powerful engine, sharper handling and unique leather upholstery.
But while it’s one of our favorites in this class, the A6 isn’t for everyone. Some shoppers may find its technology a bit complicated. The BMW 5 Series is a more restrained option, not in terms of hip or sportiness, but with power, features and build quality that are in line with Audi. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is still more elegant, with a redesigned look and features for 2017, and plenty of sportiness and aggressiveness when ordered.
The Cadillac CTS, with its sporty car style and handling, is Detroit’s answer to the A6, while the Lexus GS 350 (and GS 450h hybrid) delivers impressive dynamics and high standards of luxury appointments.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Audi A6 includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags. Rear side airbags, rear and top-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot warning and a night-vision camera system are optional.
Standard Audi Pre Sense can sense when a collision is imminent and warn the driver, tighten seat belts and close windows, while Pre Sense Rear turns on brake lights as a warning of rear cross traffic. The optional Pre Sense Plus system (available via the Driver Assistance Package) will also fully fasten the seat belts and apply full force to the brakes to avoid a frontal collision or mitigate collision damage if it is unavoidable.
In Edmunds brake testing, the A6 3.0T with the Sport Package’s summer performance tires stopped from 60 mph in 111 feet, while the A6 TDI Sport with summer tires did so at 114 feet. These are relatively well-equipped mid-size luxury sedans. Expect longer mileage than A6s with all-season tires.
In government crash tests, the A6 received five out of five stars overall, with five stars for front crash protection and five stars for side impact protection. The Independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the A6 its highest rating of “good” in the front overlap medium front stabilizer, small front overlap, side impact and roof strength tests, while the A6’s seat and headrest design also rated “good” for injury protection. in the rear shocks.
Notably, we chose the 2017 Audi A6 as one of the best used cars, trucks and SUVs by Edmunds.