2020 Audi A6

2020 Audi A6 Review: The Low-Flying Exec

by Michael Butler

The understated A6 is the quiet guy in the corner whose actions have always spoken louder than his words, and for 2020, the recipe remains mostly unchanged; you get an athletic driving experience, more than enough power to get you around, a cabin bristling with tech and luxury features and class-leading build quality. The A6 is also one of the safest cars on the road and is competitively priced against its rivals, which arrive in the form of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. 2020 models are powered by either a 2.0T four-cylinder or 3.0T V6 and both sport mild hybrid systems. Standard additions for 2020 include lane departure warning and auto high beam headlights. With a trim line up split into three distinct offerings, the A6 represents one of the best midsize executive sedans on sale at the moment, and if you're one for flying under the radar, then this car will be a solid bet.

2020 Audi A6 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 A6?

The new decade brings with it the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that was introduced late in 2019, which slots in below the turbo V6 on offer, and while the V6 wears a 55 badge on the rear, smaller capacity cars get a 45 stamped on their backside. For 2020, Audi has also decided to add a few standard features to the lineup, including lane-departure warning, auto high-beam headlights, and an anti-theft system. The mid-range Premium Plus now features Audi's Virtual Cockpit display and heated steering wheel. The top of the line Prestige gets standard adaptive cruise control, intersection assist, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and heated rear seats. The Black optic package is now offered on both Premium Plus and Prestige models.

Pros and Cons

  • Strong turbocharged V6 engine
  • Beautiful interior
  • Sleeper personality
  • Top-class build quality
  • Refined, if underpowered, four-cylinder
  • It's not that sporty in the corners
  • Typically muted German design elements
  • Small-item storage is on the tight side
  • Doesn't look that much different to an A4

2020 Audi A6 Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium Plus
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$54,900
Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$54,900
Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$54,900

A6 Exterior

Audi designers have a way of making the entire range of sedan cars look suspiciously similar. Some like it, but others want passersby to know that they're driving something more expensive than a mere base model A4. For those who don't know the Audi range of sedan cars, the A6 will look like just another A4. Standard features across the range include rain-sensing window wipers, auto headlights, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights and taillights, as well as power-folding, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors with memory and a panoramic sunroof. Premium Plus cars add an Audi advanced key system with keyless start, and hands-free trunk release, as well as matrix-design headlights with high-beam assist and a surround-view camera system. Prestige models feature power soft-closing doors and a power open and close trunk. The optional Sport package will lower the car by 0.8 inches and adds a set of 20-inch five-spoke bi-color wheels, while as standard, the cars run on 19-inch wheels with designs differing based on engine choice.

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Dimensions

The A6 is an executive sedan with illusions of being a full-size luxury exec. It's a touch shorter than the BMW 5 Series at 194.4 inches, rolls on a 115.1-inch wheelbase and stands 57.4 inches from the ground. Body width is 74.3 inches, but grows to 83.1 overall when you include the side mirrors. Ground clearance for all models is 4.2 inches. The track measurement comes in at 63.8/63.3 front/rear, and the A6 will cut through the air with a drag coefficient of 0.28 Cd. Curb weight for the 2.0-liter car comes in at 4,101 pounds, and the heavier V6 Prestige tips the scales at 4,266 lbs.

  • Length 194.4 in
  • Wheelbase 115.1 in
  • Height 57.4 in
  • Max Width 74.3 in
  • Front Width 64.2 in
  • Rear Width 63.7 in

Exterior Colors

Important business people want to look important when they travel to important business meetings, and the 2020 Audi A6 Sedan is the perfect candidate to perform the important task of delivering said business people to said business meetings, and more importantly, do it in understated class. The exterior paint palette for the A6 ranges from Wall Street to Greenwich, Connecticut, and you won't find any glaring RS-type colors here. No-cost options include Brilliant Black and Ibis White, but you'll have to pay extra for hues such as Firmament Blue metallic, Mythos Black metallic, and Carat Beige metallic. Prestige 55 models are also offered in Tango Red Metallic and our personal favorite Daytona Gray pearl, the former replacing Seville Red on the lower-powered model. All in all, the color options on the 2020 A6 reflect its demure and professional persona.

  • Carat Beige Metallic
  • Firmament Blue Metallic
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Tango Red Metallic, Build Out: 08/07/2019
  • Seville Red Metallic
  • Avalon Green Metallic
  • Vesuvius Gray Metallic
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  • Tango Red Metallic
  • Brilliant Black
  • Ibis White

A6 Performance

The A6 has never been branded as an all-out performance sedan but has always delivered confident performance that satisfied the needs of most who drive them. As the years have passed, the A6 has become a stronger performer, and as we enter a new decade, the performance level of the A6 is on par with more hardcore versions of the past. The smaller capacity 45 TFSI car is an agile performer and pulls along the somewhat bloated body of the A6 without hesitation or complaint. Audi quotes a zero to sixty sprint time of 6.1 seconds, which might not sound that fast, but out in the real world is plenty quick. Out on the highway, it's a solid cruiser and has enough pep to overtake on demand. The more powerful, and entertaining turbocharged V6 will sprint to sixty in only 5.1 seconds, and feels truly fast, especially when bombing down the highway; its refined interior will mask the fact that you're breaking the speed limit by quite a few miles per hour. Regardless of powertrain, the A6 is equipped with quattro all-wheel-drive as standard, while BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz all offer RWD alternatives.

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Engine and Transmission

New owners get to choose between two engines, both of which are more than capable of powering the A6 around town and out on the open road. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine was introduced late in 2019 and delivers 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is mated to a 12-volt mild-hybrid electric system, which powers the start/stop feature, as well as various other ancillary equipment. This engine offers more than enough pull and should be a popular choice amongst less enthused drivers. The powerhouse of the A6 lineup is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that develops 335 hp and a chunky 369 lb-ft of torque. This engine offers a strong surge of power in any gear and adds a definite dose of sportiness to the otherwise restrained A6 package. The 3.0-liter engine is mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system with recuperation. Both engines send their power to all four wheels via a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission with quattro all-wheel-drive. Shifts are clean and precise and seriously refined when left in comfort mode.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

We're impressed by the A6's ability to handle fast corners and quick direction changes: the A6, despite its significant curb weight, will follow the instructions of the driver to an impressive limit and offers surprisingly direct steering feel and turn-in response. The five-link front and rear suspension provide a good balance of stiffness and comfort. Although the A6 can be a rather athletic performer, it feels disconnected from the driver, and is by far and large happier to do the comfortable cruising thing. Let the A6's legs stretch on the open road, and the sublime balance of stability and comfort shines through, and even at low speeds and over harsh road surfaces, the A6 never feels too crashy. Go for the larger 20-inch wheels and sport suspension drop and things become slightly less refined, but not by much, while the optional all-wheel steering on V6-powered Prestige models makes the large sedan feel far nimbler. The large 13.3-inch front and 13-inch rear ventilated disk brakes put proceedings to a halt with impressive feel and force.

A6 Gas Mileage

Gone are the days of inefficient gas-guzzling executive sedans. Even the middle-management of heavily polluting corporations expect their cars to be relatively clean. The A6 offers class-averaging fuel consumption and the differences between the small capacity four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V6 aren't as wide as you'd think. The EPA rates the smaller engine at 24/32/27 mpg city/highway/combined, while the more powerful, and heavier, turbocharged V6 will manage 22/29/24 mpg. The comparably AWD-equipped 2.0-liter BMW 530i will achieve 24/31/27 mpg, while the 540i xDrive is marginally better than the Audi at 25 mpg combined. The A6 comes fitted with a large 19.3-gallon fuel tank, which should see it driving for a maximum of between 463 and 521 miles, engine depending.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.3 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 24/32 mpg
* 2020 Audi A6 Premium 45 TFSI quattro AWD

A6 Interior

Anyone who has done their homework will know that Audi builds some of the best interiors in the business, and this aspect has become one of the bigger selling points for Audi across its entire range of vehicles. The 2020 A6 features a stunningly futuristic cockpit with distinctive lines and a simplified layout that avoids the use of buttons and knobs as far as is possible. Not only does the interior look good, but it comes packed with features, which on the base model include a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with digital compass, leather seating surfaces, three-zone automatic climate control, and an electromechanical parking brake. The front seats in the Premium model are heated and are power-adjustable in eight ways, and also get four-way lumbar adjustment. Premium Plus models add features such as rear cross-traffic assist with vehicle exit warning, a top-view camera system with virtual 360-degree camera, and a heated steering wheel. At the top, Prestige models add four-zone automatic climate control, twelve-way power front seats, as well as a head-up display and driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.

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Seating and Interior Space

As with most executive sedans in this class, the A6 offers a good balance between front and rear seating space, as those in the back will tend to be as important, whether it be a CEO or a TikTok teenage celebrity. The Audi A6 will seat five average-sized adults in comfort, and taller occupants will find the 38 inches of headroom in the front, and 38.1 inches in the rear more than adequate. Legroom is a sizable 41.3 inches in the front and shrinks down to 37.4 inches in the rear, almost an inch more than you get in the BMW 5 Series. Shoulder room is a spacious 57.8 inches in the front, and 56.5 inches in the rear. The power-adjustable front seats in the A6 provide excellent support and are comfortable over long distances.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.1 in

Interior Colors and Materials

All three trim levels share similar interior materials and color schemes, with the range-topping Prestige getting exclusive rights to Valcona leather upholstery. In base trim, you can expect to find the seats covered in leather, with color schemes such as Black with Rock Gray stitching, a black dashboard, carpet, and a headliner finished off in Moon Silver making an appearance. Other color schemes include Okapi Brown and Pearl Beige. All trim levels are offered with either Dark Brown Walnut wood inlays or fine grain Ash Natural Brown wood inlays. Prestige models get Valcona leather seats as part of the Luxury package that are offered in similar color schemes as the rest of the range. What is most notable when you step inside the A6 is the fit, finish, and overall quality feel of the interior. BMW, and especially Mercedes-Benz, comes close, but Audi remains the king of interior quality.

A6 Trunk and Cargo Space

We're thoroughly impressed with the A6's generous amount of trunk and cargo space, although things could have been better inside the cabin. Flip the power trunk, and you'll be greeted by 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space. This is generous for this class, but seems minuscule when compared to the BMW 5 Series which offers a gargantuan 18.7 cubic feet. The Audi's trunk space is deep and wide, so fitting larger items such as five boxes of last year's quarterly reports shouldn't be a problem, and the A6 also hides a small trick up its sleeve: its split-folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks fold down to open a generous amount of space for longer items. Inside, the small glove compartment is a disappointment, but Audi does offer a center console storage bin, door pockets, and two cupholders in the front.

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  • Trunk Volume
    13.7 ft³

A6 Infotainment and Features

Features

Features abound in the 2020 A6, with even the base model car offering a competitive list of standard items and tech services. All models across the range benefit from a set of LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, power-folding, auto-dimming, and heated side mirrors with memory, as well as a panoramic sunroof on the exterior. Inside, all 2020 A6 models include a frameless auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with digital compass, ambient LED lighting, as well as leather seats and stop and go cruise control. Base model cars get three-zone automatic climate control, while Premium Plus models add safety tech such as rear cross-traffic assist with vehicle exit warning and a surround-view camera system. The range-topping Prestige trim brings with it some practical additions as well as a good number of safety features. The exterior now features power soft-closing doors and a power trunk lid, while inside, you now get a head-up display unit, quad-zone climate control and safety features such as adaptive cruise assist.

Infotainment

Audi has paid some attention to the infotainment offering in the 2020 A6, and it has paid off, especially in the mid-range Premium Plus, which now gets Audi's virtual cockpit display system. Standard features on all trim levels are Amazon Alexa integration, Audi connect CARE assistance and security services, HD Radio as well as SiriusXM satellite radio with a 90-day trial subscription and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. All trim levels also get dual front and rear USB ports, Bluetooth streaming, and integrated navigation. Base model cars get a seven-inch color driver information screen, as well as dual center displays with an 8.8-inch top, and 8.6-inch bottom screen as well as wireless phone charging. Premium Plus models add an advanced voice control system, as well as MMI touch response with a 10.1-inch upper, and 8.6-inch lower display and the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit. Sound is channeled through a standard 10-speaker unit, but you need to get the 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen system, which is standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models if you're serious about listening to classics such as Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty.

A6 Problems and Reliability

The Audi A6 has been recalled only a few times in the past few years, with the most recent dating back to the previous generation in 2018. J.D. Power even gave it a consumer verified reliability and owner satisfaction rating of 78 out of a possible hundred. Audi will cover the 2020 A6 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which includes a four-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty and a one-year/10,000-mile maintenance plan.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

A6 Safety

When you're dealing at this level, safety becomes one of the top priorities. The A6, as with its German counterparts, the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are some of the safest vehicles on the road. The NHTSA is yet to perform a crash safety test on the current generation A6, but the IIHS has thoroughly tested a 2020 model, and the results were impressive; the A6 walked away with a Top Safety Pick + award, the highest honor the IIHS can bestow upon a car.

Key Safety Features

With a Top Safety Pick + award from the IIHS behind its name, one thing is for certain: the A6 has a lot of safety tech-packed away beneath its sleek body. From the outside, all A6 models get a set of LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and high-beam assist, rain-sensing window wipers, and auto high beam headlights, as well as auto-dimming side-view mirrors. Inside, there are six airbags keeping all human matter intact, (but you can have eight with the optional rear-seat side airbags) and an anti-theft alarm system to keep the bad guys at bay. Standard driver assistance features across the range include forward collision warning, cruise control with coast, resume and accelerator features, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors. Premium Plus cars offer Audi side assist with rear cross-traffic assist and vehicle exit warning. Prestige models add active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition, as well as a head-up display unit.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Audi A6 a good car?

The new decade has brought with it more drama and intrigue than the past couple of years combined, and with the pervasiveness of social media, and the exponentially growing love of pure vanity, humankind seems to be hooked on shocking events and immediate satisfaction, so it's good to see that some still appreciate the subtle and restrained qualities in life. The 2020 Audi A6 is a rare breed of car that goes against everything we seem to love and appreciate in the modern world; it doesn't shout and make a fuss, instead, it does what it does without fanfare, and it does it exceptionally well. Both the four-cylinder and V6 turbocharged engines deliver strong performance, and the exterior styling, while restrained, looks as good as ever. Inside the A6 you're greeted with class-leading build quality and tech features. On the road the A6 is athletic enough, but revels in transporting people at cruising speed. It's also one of the safest cars in its class and is priced well too. Is it a good car? If you can appreciate its below the radar personality, then it's one of the best executive sedans on the market right now.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Audi A6?

Pricing on the 2020 Audi A6 is equal with that of its main competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. To get behind the wheel of the Premium turbocharged four-cylinder 45 TFSI, you'll have to fork over $54,900. That price excludes registration, tax, and a destination fee of $995. The Premium 55 TFSI with its more powerful turbocharged V6 engine will raise that price to $59,800. If you're looking for some added infotainment and safety tech, then the Premium Plus, starting at $58,600 for the 45 TFSI will be right up your alley. The more powerful 55 TFSI will cost you $63,500. At the top of the range, you will find the Prestige, which starts at $64,800 and rises to $69,700 for the 55 TFSI. The A6 goes toe to toe with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, so price should not play a major part in your purchasing decision.

2020 Audi A6 Models

The 2020 Audi A6 is offered in three trim levels and has two engine options to choose from on top of that.

The Premium A6 offers exterior features such as LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and high-beam assist, a panoramic sunroof, and power-folding, auto-dimming and heated side mirrors with memory. Inside, the Premium gets three-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, and dual 8.8 and 8.6-inch displays with Amazon Alexa integration, HD Radio, SiriusXM, and Android Auto and Apple Carplay integration. Standard safety systems on the Premium include lane departure warning and rain-sensing window wipers.

Premium Plus models add a 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit display with a Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system with 16 speakers, as well as driver assistance features such as rear cross-traffic assist and a surround-view camera.

Prestige trim cars pack on the luxury with standard power soft-closing doors, four-zone climate control, and a head-up display unit. Prestige models also get standard traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.

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Additional Packages

Base model cars get the option of a $1,050 Sport Package which adds lowered sports suspension, 20-inch five-spoke bi-color wheels as well as 255/40 all-season tires. The $1,300 Convenience package includes a heated steering wheel, rear-cross traffic assistance, and vehicle exit warning. Premium Plus cars get the option of a $2,250 Executive Package, which sees the addition of four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, four-way power lumbar adjustment for front passengers, as well as heated rear seats, and a power trunk lid. 3.0T Prestige trim cars' dynamics can be improved upon by selecting the $2,500 Adaptive chassis package. This package adds an adaptive damping system and dynamic all-wheel steering. The Black Optic package, which is available on Premium Plus and Prestige cars, adds blacked-out exterior trim pieces, sport suspension, and 20-inch five-arm polygon design wheels for $1,800, or $750 when you forgo the 20-inch wheels and suspension on 45 TFSI models.

🚗What Audi A6 Model Should I Buy?

With quite a significant price and features gap between the 45 TFSI Premium, and the top of the range 55 TFSI Prestige, selecting the right A6 for your needs shouldn't be that difficult. All 2020 A6 cars are available with either a turbocharged four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine, the latter of which offers some serious performance without any significant gas mileage penalties. For that reason alone we would start off by going with a V6 model. After that, it boils down to how many features you're looking for. If it were our checkbook being torn apart, we'd have to go with the mid-range Premium Plus, which strikes an excellent balance between value, performance, and standard features. The 55 TFSI Premium Plus includes a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit display with a banging 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, as well as rear cross-traffic assist, vehicle exit warning, and a surround-view camera system. We would forgo any of the optional packages and just have it as is.

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2020 Audi A6 Comparisons

Audi A4 Sedan Audi
BMW 5 Series Sedan BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi A6248 hp24/32 mpg$54,900
Audi A4 Sedan 188 hp27/35 mpg$37,400
BMW 5 Series Sedan 248 hp25/33 mpg$53,900

2020 Audi A6 vs Audi A4 Sedan

The Audi A4 is the smaller but no less accomplished sibling of the A6 and has become a household name in its own right. The current A4 has been around in its current form since 2016, but constant updates have seen it sticking to the top of its class. Powering the Audi A4 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in two states of tune; the 40 TFSI produces 188 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful 45 TFSI kicks out a healthy 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. In its most fuel-efficient guise, the A4 will return a gas mileage figure of 27/35/30 mpg city/highway/combined, significantly more than the heavier A6. On the road, the A4 is a confident cruiser and can also be quite fun to hurl around corners, but the A6 is still the superior cruiser. Inside, the A4 offers the same build quality we've come to love about the A6, but interior space is limited by the A4's smaller dimensions. Trunk volume, on the other hand, is very similar. The A4 in base form can't match the A6 in terms of standard features but is almost as safe. Starting at $37,400, the A4 is a great option if you don't need the extra interior space.

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2020 Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series Sedan

The BMW 5 Series has been setting benchmarks in the executive sedan market for decades, and loyal fans love its blend of executive luxury and athletic driving dynamics. The 2020 BMW 5 Series is a serious machine that is available in varying states of tune and specification. Comparable to the 45 TFSI is the 530i xDrive Sedan, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot. This BMW produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the 55 TSFI's rival, the 540i xDrive Sedan, powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The 5 Series will deliver a best gas mileage figure of 25/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined, but only in RWD derivatives, marginally beating the A6. On the road, the BMW is an absolute pleasure to pilot through the bends and doesn't feel as disconnected as the A6. It is also a capable cruiser at higher speeds. Inside, the BMW offers a similarly futuristic interior with sleek surfaces and good quality materials, but the Audi offers more space. The BMW dominates in terms of trunk space with a total area of 18.7 cubic feet. Features are comparable, as are safety levels. The BMW starts at $53,900 and should be the choice of anyone who enjoys driving.

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