The 2012 Audi A6 moved up this year as it earned a Total Car Score much improved over its predecessor. Credit goes to its ground-up redesign that resulted in fresh styling, a beautifully-appointed cabin and better fuel economy.
Reviewers have been impressed by the all-new A6. They consistently praised its styling and high technology features. Thanks to a partial aluminum chassis (delivering a lower curb weight) driving dynamics have also improved. Audi swapped out its less efficient engines and replaced them with smaller engines. It was a good move, say those who have driven the A6, as the power is better and so is fuel economy.
There are relatively few downsides to the new Audi A6. Some reviewers find frustration with the styling, accusing it of being too bland. Others are not fans of the continuously-variable transmission, often cited for being slow to react.
The Audi A6 was all-new for 2012. With an average model cycle of nearly seven years, don’t expect it to be replaced for several more years.
The 2012 Audi A6 is a midsize five-passenger sedan sold in just one body style, but with two different engines and powertrains. There are five models: A6 Premium 2.0, A6 Premium Plus 2.0, A6 Premium 3.0, A6 Premium Plus 3.0 and A6 Prestige 3.0.
The A6's trim nomenclature defines engine size. The standard powerplant is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, rated at 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive is standard on the four-cylinder model. The larger powerplant is a supercharged 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, rated at 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission is an eight-speed automatic and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system is standard.
Audi offers its A6 in three trim levels. Premium models arrive with partial leather upholstery, full power accessories, keyless entry, triple-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels and more. Premium Plus models add xenon headlamps, MMI (multi-media interface), 18-inch alloys and other premium equipment. The range-topping Prestige models are fitted with navigation, adaptive headlamps, ambient LED cabin lighting and quad-zone climate control, among other things.
There is no shortage of optional equipment, ranging from adaptive cruise control to head-up display, many bundled in packages. Enthusiasts will prefer the optional Sport package with an upgraded suspension, sport steering wheel, shift paddles and other enhancements.
The EPA estimates the 2012 Audi A6 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and CVT will earn 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 28 combined. The 3.0-liter model, with the eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, earns 19/28/22
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