With its handsome looks, Quattro all-wheel drive, powerful new engine and nifty tech like the Audi Virtual Cockpit, the beautifully crafted new 2019 Audi A6 has become a much more compelling midsize-luxury sedan. Now if only Audi would sell a wagon version in the USA…
You'll Like The 2019 Audi A6 If...
If you don’t want to see yourself coming and going (as you might in an E-Class or a 5 Series), but still want to treat yourself to a beautifully crafted midsize German sedan, the A6 delivers. Standard Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) makes the A6 a true all-weather friend.
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Even though it has Quattro AWD, the A6 behaves more like a composed front-wheel-drive car when it’s driven with gusto on twisty pavement. Driving enthusiasts often prefer the feel of a rear-drive chassis in at-the-limit handling
Everything from the wheels up is new for 2019, beginning with an aluminum-and-steel chassis related to that of the larger A8 sedan. Besides the robust platform and the new turbocharged engine, the 2019 A6 employs a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and a 48-volt mild hybrid system with a trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery powering a belt-driven starter/generator.
In this wood-trimmed environment with configurable ambience lighting and lots of contrast-stitched leather, Audi’s all-new MMI Touch Response system has replaced the rotary dial and conventional infotainment controls of the previous A6. MMI, with two high-res touch displays featuring haptic feedback, works in much the same way as your smartphone. Via voice controls, if a driver says she’s cold, MMI will ask what temperature she’d like the cabin to be. There’s an 8.8-inch touch screen at the top of the center stack, plus an 8.1-inch screen directly below it to operate the climate control and serve as the pad onto which text inputs are drawn with a finger.
While it all works fine (the pad deciphers sloppy printing amazingly well), the previous A6’s rotary dial controller was much easier to use than the new A6’s haptic screens, which require more unsafe eye time away from the road. On a positive note, we appreciate the new A6’s added headroom and shoulder room, as well as its super-cool 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit with navigation from Google Maps.
Audi says the new A6 looks high-tech and sophisticated. We’d agree. From the front, it’s clear that the 2019 A6’s grille is lower and wider than that of the previous model, and from the side it’s easy to see how the three distinct character lines serve to reduce the visual height of this attractive German sedan. Pronounced wheel arches emphasize the A6’s Quattro powertrain, while a short trunk with a nicely curved edge aids vehicle aerodynamics.
Audi’s 2019 A6 -- with updated 5-link front suspension and torquey turbocharged V6 moved slightly rearward for better weight distribution -- has become sportier, with credit also given to its well snubbed suspension, naturally weighted variable-ratio steering and 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox, which shifts exactly when you want it to. The shifts are almost unnoticeable in easy around-town driving, but they firm up nicely when the A6 is driven aggressively.
The A6 interior is handsome, quiet and comfortable, and four adults fit with ease inside the luxurious 5-seat cabin, which has a folding rear seatback that splits 40/20/40. In everyday driving this Audi sedan has an enviable level of civility, and the available 360-degree camera takes the challenge out of tight city parking lots. This is a sophisticated German sedan equally at home in the city or on the highway, where the quiet and smooth nature of the car masks its speed, making 70 mph feel like about 50.
Pricing for the new 2019 Audi A6 starts at $59,895, a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) figure that includes a destination charge of $995. Our choice, the A6 Premium Plus model -- better equipped with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, the top-view camera and cool Matrix Design LED headlights -- starts at $63,995. At the top of the range is the A6 Prestige, which has 4-zone automatic climate control, high-def Matrix Design LED headlights, a power rear sunshade, a head-up display and an MSRP of $68,095. At these levels, the new A6 is priced comparably to the BMW 540i, but still slightly less than the Mercedes-Benz E450. A high performance S6 and an even higher performance RS 6 are expected, but Audi hasn’t released any information on these models, including when they will arrive. A6 resale values are expected to hold up well, though not quite up to the high levels of Lexus, BMW or Mercedes Benz. As always, please check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Audi A6.
The 2019 Audi A6 is a well-equipped automobile, with LED lighting front and rear. For now, all U.S. models are powered by the turbo V6, and all boast S-line exterior styling featuring a dark chrome matte grille with aluminum slats. Inside, a 3-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles is standard, as are leather seat trim, a power sunroof, walnut inlays, 3-zone automatic climate control and an interior lighting package with an LED overhead console. Pre Sense City -- which will apply the brakes if it detects vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists in the A6’s path -- is also standard. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is standard on the A6 Premium Plus and A6 Prestige.
One of our favorite options on the 2019 Audi A6 is Adaptive Cruise Assist, which helps the driver with acceleration and braking to maintain a correct speed and following distance in highway situations. Other notable driver-assistance features available include the top-view camera system, which provides a 360-degree view around the A6, plus neat driver-assist technologies like Intersection Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Audi Pre Sense Rear, along with Vehicle Exit Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Assist. Those last two items are both part of Audi Side Assist. Other notable A6 options include a sport suspension (which lowers the car 20 millimeters and is part of a 20-inch wheel package), rear-side airbags and a black cloth headliner. The top A6, the Prestige, also is available with adaptive suspension damping, all-wheel steering and a 1,820-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with 19 speakers.
The A6 is available with four wide-angle cameras that create a 360-degree view of the car, allowing the driver to toggle around the vehicle (and zoom in or out) to help maneuver this midsize Audi sedan in tight city parking lots.
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For an added dose of occupant safety, this system, part of Audi Side Assist, won’t let the A6’s doors open (for up to two seconds) if it senses a car approaching the A6 from behind. This system also features an acoustic and an LED warning.
Under the Hood
One engine is available in the new A6 -- a 3.0-liter V6. Fortified by a twin-scroll turbocharger mounted in the vee of the aluminum block, this engine produces 335 horsepower at 5,000-6,400 rpm and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque from a lowly 1,370-4,500 rpm. That power is sent to all four of the new A6’s wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an updated Quattro system that improves A6 fuel economy by not driving the rear wheels when it’s not needed. The 2019 Audi A6 also boasts mild hybrid/electric-vehicle technology, a 48-volt system with a trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery powering a belt-driven starter/generator that provides silky-smooth automatic restarts. Interestingly, the only time the A6’s conventional starter is employed is at initial start-up. Note: An A6 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is coming later in 2019.
3.0-liter turbocharged V6
335 horsepower @ 5,000-6,400 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,370-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg
There’s a brand-new Audi A6 for 2019, a luxurious midsize sedan boasting a new chassis and powertrain along with an abundance of standard driver-assistance and safety technologies. Last year’s supercharged 3.0-liter V6 has been replaced by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with significantly better torque, which is appreciated because the 2019 Audi A6 has gained nearly 250 pounds. This new A6 is 0.2 inches longer and a half-inch wider than the outgoing model, and it rides on a wheelbase stretched by a half inch. Competitors in this class abound, but the A6’s main rivals are its fellow Germans, the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.