The 2011 Audi A6 earns an average Total Car Score, but this rating is more reflective of its platform age than its capability. First launched in 2004, the current body style is beginning to show its years (an all-new replacement is due next year).
Nevertheless, the 2011 A6 continues to offer one of the industry's best cabins, with top-quality leather and beautiful wood trim -- the fit and finish is excellent. The base trim is probably best avoided, as the powertrain is rather lethargic. On the other hand, the 3.0 TFSI model fitted with a supercharged V6 and standard Quattro all-wheel drive is the pick of the bunch -- it's as quick as the V8, but lighter and more fuel-efficient.
Reviewers enjoy the security of all-wheel drive, but find drawbacks with the vehicle's low-speed ride, which is considered rather firm.
For 2011, Audi is making its S Line exterior package standard. The Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) is also upgraded to the latest version, and parking sensors have been added to the Premium Plus trim. A rear-view camera is now standard on the Prestige trim.
The 2011 Audi A6 is a midsize sedan or wagon with seating for up to five. It is offered in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims. A high-performance S6 sedan is covered elsewhere on this site.
The lowliest model, the front-drive 3.2 FSI sedan, has a 3.2-liter V6 engine making 265 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. It's linked to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and comes only in Premium or Premium Plus guise.
A turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 may sit in the engine bay of sedans or Avant wagons in all three trims levels. It develops 300 hp and 310 lb-ft and connects to a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission to drive all four wheels.
Higher up the ladder is the sedan-only version with a 4.2-liter V8, pushing 350 hp and 325 lb-ft to all four wheels via a Tiptronic transmission. This model comes as a Prestige version only.
Premium trim includes partial leather upholstery, climate control, power front seats, navigation, Bluetooth and 17-inch alloy wheels. Premium Plus adds rear parking sensors, xenon headlamps, LED exterior illumination, driver's seat memory and 18-inch wheels.
The range-topping Prestige trim has adaptive headlights, keyless entry/ignition, a rear-view camera, Bose audio and other upscale appointments.
Options include voice-activated navigation, sports suspension and a Cold Weather package with a heated steering wheel.
Front side airbags, side curtain airbags, traction and stability controls, and ABS are all standard safety equipment.
The 2011 A6 3.2 is EPA-rated at 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. The 3.0 delivers 18/26/21 mpg, while the 4.2 achieves 16/24/19 mpg.
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