The Audi A6 is one of the most elegantly designed and well packaged luxury sport sedan currently available. For 2016, this luxury sports sedan receives a minor mid-cycle refresh to keep up or in some cases outrun its main competitors like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E Class.
However, the mid-cycle refresh is so minor, only die-hard Audi enthusiasts will be able to find the subtle difference between the 2016 and 2015 models, which I believe is a good thing.
For those who don’t have the time or the patience to guess the minor changes applied to the 2016 Audi A6, here are the changes. Up front, the car receives new headlights with optional full LEDs. At the back, the taillights also receive the same treatment. Overall, these two minor changes makes the Audi A6 pop out against its aging competitors.
The bread and butter Audi A6 is powered by a 3.0 L supercharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V6 with aluminum block and heads and direct fuel injection. This power plant produces a healthy 333 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 325 lb.ft. torque between 2900 and 5300 rpm.
The engine is backed by the smooth-shifting and quick-responding eight speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode sourced from ZF. The engine sends the power to all four wheels via Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The 2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro sprints to 60 mph from standstill in 4.6 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds at 105 mph.
For 2016, Audi engineers have replaced the previous T shaped gear selector with a more traditionally designed gear selector, which is more straightforward to use than the previous unit.
The 2016 Audi A6 rides on a 114.6 inch wheelbase. The overall length from the front bumper to the back bumper is 194.2 inches. The width measures in at 73.8 inches. The A6 is 57.8 inches tall. Inside, the passenger volume is 97 cubic feet and the cargo volume in the trunk is 14 cubic feet. The Audi A6 without the driver has a curb weight of 4155 pounds.
Options and Packages
The 2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro is available in Premium and Prestige trim levels.
Audi offers many packages for the A6 and they include the S-Line Sport Package ($1,800), Cold Weather Package ($520), Driver Assistance Package ($2,550), 19 inch Black Optic Package ($750), 20 inch Black Optic Package ($1,500), and Individual Contour Seating Package ($3,450).
The S-Line Sport Package includes 19 inch 5-double-double-spoke design wheels with 255/40 all-season tires, S-Line front and rear bumpers, and sport suspension.
The Cold Weather Package includes heated rear seats and heated steering wheel.
The Driver Assistance Package includes camera and/or distance sensor, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, active lane assist, top and corner view camera system, Audi pre sense plus system, and automatic high beam assist.
The 19 inch Black Optic Package includes black singleframe grille, and 19 inch 10-spoke design wheels (Titanium matte finish) with 255/40 all-season tires.
The 20 inch Black Optic Package includes black singleframe grille,m body color exterior side mirrors, and 20 inch 5-arm rotor design wheels (Titanium matte finish) with 255/35 summer performance tires.
The Individual Contour Seating Package includes four-way power lumbar adjustments for the front seats, electric seat adjustment for both front seats with memory system, front seat ventilation and massage function, and individual contour seats.
Additional standalone options include Audi Design Selection – Flint Gray ($2,300) which includes front and rear floor mats, and fine grain brass gray natural wood inlays. Other features include Night Vision assistant ($2,500), Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System ($4,900), Rear Side Airbags ($350), Black Cloth Headliner ($0), Audi Cargo Box ($70), First Aid Kit ($45), All-weather Floor Mats ($195), Cargo Mat ($185), Premium Textile Floor Mats ($195), Protection Kit ($295), Wheel Lock Kit ($95), Roof Rack Base Bars ($460), and Cargo Net ($130).
Safety and Convenience
Standard safety in the 2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro include front driver and passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags, and side front and rear curtain airbags. It also includes front passenger occupant detection (for airbag deployment), power central locking system with safety unlock feature when the airbags deploy, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic brake-force-Distribution (EBD) and brake assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR), anti-theft alarm with Immobilizer, TPMS, seat belt reminder for front occupants, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats, and electronic parking brake.
Convenience features in the 2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro include 4-zone automatic climate control, 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles, power tilt and telescoping steering column, folding center armrest with height adjustment, power windows with one-touch up/down function with pinch protection, sunroof, dual front sun visors with lighted vanity mirrors, manual rear side sun shades and power rear window sun shade, 4 cup holders, auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, ambient LED interior lighting, illuminated locking glove compartment, aluminum door sill inlays, and leather-wrapped gear selector.
The 2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro in Premium trim starts at $57,400 (before tax, title, destination, and registration fees). The A6 in Prestige trim starts at $61,600. A fully loaded 2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro in Prestige trim tops out at $80,820.
Even though the top of the range A6 is so expensive, in my opinion it is worth every single penny because at the moment, there is no other German luxury sport sedan that packs so much technology inside and looks so good on the outside. If you are in the market for a new German luxury sport sedan, then I would highly recommend that you checkout this new Audi A6.
Information and Image Source: AUDI USA