The Audi A6 has been a favorite among car enthusiasts. The sportiness and handling of the luxury sedan are legendary. Is there a best year Audi A6 you can buy?
The Best Year Audi A6 is the 2017 model. The year saw no recalls and only minor complaints. Purchasing the 2017 model will give you many of the newer models' features, but at a fraction of the price. The 2017 model is considered the best value for money as it offers the best reliability.
If an Audi A6 is parked on a roadside, chances are you will walk next to it, stop, and give it a good look before you carry on and dream about the car. This is how impressive the A6 looks. Step inside, and you will be in for a pleasant surprise. The spacious yet premium quality interior is elegant and comforting. Turn the engine on, and you will not be disappointed. With decent horsepower and agile handling, you will find the Audi A6 a magnificent blend of performance and comfort.
The Audi A6 is an amazing luxury sedan. It can compete with many flagship vehicles with its stellar performance, sporty looks, and luxury features. Many car experts believe that to reap similar features on other premium brands; you will probably end up spending six figures. The A6 is a high-end performer that does not compromise on reliability, safety, or impressive looks.
The 2017 Audi A6
The Audi A6 has always been a stylish and sporty car, and the 2017 model carries the trend. The 2017 Audi A6 is a luxury sedan that combines comfort, excellent build quality, driving pleasure, and prestige, all under one roof, or should we say, all on one chassis.
With two distinct powertrains, the A6 passionately offers the driver lively performance. Added on are the advanced safety features, convenience, and comfort. Together, these features have helped the 2017 Audi A6 rank respectably among its competitors.
All variants of the 2017 A6, save the "Competition," come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, which produces 252 horsepower. The "Competition" variant is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 supercharged engine that produces 333 horsepower.
The turbocharged four-cylinder is quite lively, especially after the turbocharger comes into play. Designed to keep the car comfortable, the engine performs smoothly, and you will not find the engine sound too impressive. The V6, on the other hand, gives quite a kick and sounds more rugged than the four-cylinder. None of the variants of the A6 feel underpowered, but the V6 can feel like a powerhouse.
The 2.0-liter engine, four-cylinder, is coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission with dual-clutch. This makes the acceleration very smooth, and you will hardly notice the gear changes. For the 2.0-liter all-wheel-drive variant, the transmission is swapped for an eight-speed. The same transmission is coupled with the 3.0-liter V6 to rotate the wheels.
Irrespective of the variant, handling the 2017 Audi A6 is nothing short of a delight. The car does not lose traction on twisty roads and tight bends and maintains the intended line. Even tight corners cannot induce a lot of body roll thanks to the advanced suspension system mounted on the A6. Some car reviewers, however, have termed the suspension slightly stiff. But it is still a very comfortable highway cruiser. The car does not transfer every bump and dip on the road to the seats, and many uneven patches go unnoticed.
The good road grip coupled with responsive steering makes the AudiA6 confident on city streets and highway speeds.
The luxury sedan also boasts good noise insulation. There is only a slight hint of tire noise, which is more noticeable on the vehicle riding on 19 or 20 inches alloys instead of the stock 18 inches.
The 2017 Audi A6 came equipped with many features that are still considered modern today. It houses some of the best convenience features that the luxury industry offers. The technologically advanced infotainment system does not feel outdated even today.
For 2017, many features from the top S-line variant were added to the base variant on the A6. Additionally, the base grade variant offers the following features:
- Cruise Control
- Power adjustable and heated front seats
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Keyless ignition
- Infotainment system with a 5-inch screen
- Leather upholstery
- Three-zone climate control
- 17-inch alloy wheels
If you are willing to shell out a few extra bucks, you can choose the Premium Plus variant. This will add:
- Rear and front parking sensors
- A seven-inch infotainment system
- Audi Connect - which can connect to Google maps to provide up-to-date maps and traffic information. You can even plan a trip using Google Earth or Google Maps on your computer and then send it to your Audi system.
One step above the Premium Plus is the Prestige variant. In addition to what is on the Premium Plus, on this variant, you will find:
- An improved 14 speaker Bose sound system
- Adaptive headlights
- Four-zone climate control
- Ventilated front seats
- LED interior lighting
- Cornering lights
- Power adjustable steering wheel
If you can find an option-loaded Audi A6, you can get:
- 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels
- Xenon headlights
- An amazing 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, with tweeters that rise when you turn them on.
- Driver-assist package with Heads up display, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring
Audi has the Multimedia Interface or MMI infotainment system as standard on all variants of the A6. The system has smoothed out over the years but can still be slightly difficult to get used to.
Safety has been kept on high priority in all variants of the 2017 A6. There are numerous airbags in the vehicle. These include
- Overhead airbags for front and rear passengers
- Side-mounted airbags for all passengers
- Knee airbags for the front driver and passenger
- Front-impact airbags for driver and front passenger
The braking performance of the Audi A6 is phenomenal. With ventilated discs, antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, braking is smooth and very responsive.
The A6 has a low beltline and a large windscreen, making outside visibility great. It will not take you long to anticipate its dimensions and make challenging parking spots look like a breeze. The car cabin is engineered to keep blind spots to a minimum.
All A6 variants come standard with stability control. You can find blind spot detection, rearview camera, night vision, and even a heads-up display as options. With the 2017 model, the night vision has been upgraded to detect more animals.
The adaptive cruise control is paired with Audi's PreSense System, which prepares the car when it detects an unavoidable collision. The system can trigger emergency braking and tighten seatbelts to keep the occupants safe.
The car offers child seat latches on the rear seat and anti-pinch safety power windows if you travel with kids.
The 2017 Audi A6 received nearly perfect safety scores. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has ranked the 2017 Audi A6 as a Top Safety Pick. The sedan fared exceptionally well, reaping a "Good" rating for everything except headlight performance.
From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2017 Audi A6 received five-star ratings in nearly all areas. The car performed well to keep its occupants safe in frontal, side, and rear impacts.
The 2017 Audi A6 is very competitive in terms of comfort and space. The build quality on the A6 has never failed to impress, and Audi has maintained the legacy on the 2017 model. The high-quality leather upholstery, premium plastics, and metal finishes blend nicely in the spacious interior.
The center console controls are tidily laid out, playing a significant role in making the Audi A6's interior look and feel spacious. But the infotainment system seems to lag in terms of resolution.
The head and legroom for all passengers are more than enough. You can easily seat four six-foot people in the car, even for long journeys. But the middle back seat might not be as comfortable as the other seats. This has nothing to do with cushioning or seat size, though. The rear center console can quickly become a barrier for the passenger in the middle seat. There is not ample legroom, and trying to move around too much poses a risk of kneeing the console and damaging it. The transmission tunnel, which runs through the middle, also adds to the problems for the person seated in the middle.
All seats, however, have great cushioning, and the A6 offers considerable adjustments for the steering wheel and driver seat.
One aspect worth pointing out in the Audi A6 is the lack of storage space. The bins and the glove box are pretty small for a large luxury sedan. The console box, which also serves as an armrest, is only large enough to hold a cellphone. Similarly, the glove box does not have much space remaining if you put the user manual in it.
But the A6 reaps back points for storage when it comes to the trunk. The 14.1 cubic feet of space is not something very inspiring. But the boxy design, paired with a broad opening and low load lip, make it easy to load overly sized luggage. The cargo compartment can be extended by flipping down the 60:40 split rear seats completely flat.
The 2017 Audi A6 seems to be fairly fuel-efficient for its size. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine, coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, can push out 24 miles per gallon in the city, 34 on the highway, and 28 overall for the front-wheel drive variant.
With the 3.0 liter V6 under the hood, the sedan achieves 21 mpg in the city, 29 on the highway, and 24 combined.
Comparing the 2017 A6 to the New One
One of the main benefits of buying a used car is the savings you make with the purchase. However, there are some compromises that you have to make with the savings you reap. Let us look at why we think getting the 2017 Audi A6 is beneficial.
How Much Will I Save?
With the new Audi A6 starting at upwards of $55,000, you can easily find a 2017 Audi A6 for around $22,000 - $30,000. In this case, you can save almost 50%. If you think this is like comparing apples to oranges, the 2017 model was also priced around $50,000 when it was launched.
What Will I Lose Out On?
The new Audi looks even more stylish than any of its predecessors. It features a more comfortable ride and comes with a larger range of variants.
The new infotainment system is more modern and comes as a standard 10-inch screen. It also houses Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The new car has its Wifi Hotspot and can connect to multiple smart devices. The navigation, which was an option in the 2017 model, now comes as standard for all variants
Apart from being a used car, you do not seem to miss out much on the 2017 model of the Audi A6. But considering that you can get excellent reliability and performance, matched with the prestige of the Audi for half the price, the used car appears to be a wise choice.
Is the 2017 Audi A6 Worth Buying?
Carrying forward the same performance and reliability that Audi has offered over the years, the 2017 model seems like a good choice to buy. It offers great value for money and comes equipped with many of the modern features
The 2017 Audi A6 is a stylish, well-performing, and safe vehicle that can keep you delighted for years to come. If you can find an option loaded A6 with low mileage on the odometer, you will be able to read a lot of Audi benefits for only a fraction of the price. Given that you save around $25,000, we can say that they are the twenty-five thousand reasons why you should buy a 2017 Audi A6.
About THE AUTHOR
Matt is a VW Master Technician since 2009 after proceeding through the ranks as a Team Leader and Shop Foreman. He has developed software to increase car dealership efficiency, managed 10+ techs, and instructed students at multiple high-performance driving events since 2011. He is also the lead mechanic, engineer, and driver for Blue Goose Racing.Read More About Matt Meurer