2017 Audi A6 Owners Manual – The 2017 Audi A6 gets subtle new style upgrades and a new, sportier 3.0T Competition trim level. With its classic styling, the 2017 Audi A6 could get by on looks alone. But dig deeper, and you’ll find a midsize luxury sedan with solid performance, a beautifully designed cabin, and top-notch technology.
2017 Audi A6 Trim Levels & Features
The 2017 Audi A6 is midsize luxury sedan available in five trim levels: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, and 3.0T Competition Prestige. The 2.0T and 3.0T denote the engine fitted (a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder and supercharged 3.0-liter V6, respectively). The high-performance S6 variant reviewed separately.
Of note, Audi has discontinued sales of its TDI diesel engine-equipped models pending review of its emissions certification.
Standard equipment for the 2.0T Premium includes 18-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select (providing adjustable modes for steering, gas pedal and transmission response), automatic xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power seats (includes driver four-way lumbar adjustments), driver memory settings, leather upholstery, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Audi’s MMI electronics interface, a 6.5-inch display screen and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and Audi’s proprietary music interface with an iPhone Lightning adapter cable. Also standard is Audi’s PreSense Basic safety system.
2017 Audi A6 Performance & mpg
The 2017 Audi A6 2.0T powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a seven-speed automated manual transmission are standard, but you’re more likely to find most A6s fitted with “Quattro” all-wheel drive comes with eight-speed conventional automatic. The EPA says you can expect 28 mpg combined (24 mpg city/35 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg combined (22 mpg city/32 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.
The Audi A6 3.0T gets a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 333 hp (340 hp in the Competition model) and 325 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard, as is automatic engine stop-start technology. EPA fuel economy estimates come at 24 mpg combined (20 mpg city/30 mpg highway). Edmunds.com testing, a 2016 A6 3.0T sprinted from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, a quick time for a car in this class.
2017 Audi A6 Safety
Standard safety equipment the 2017 Audi A6 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear side airbags, rearview and top-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, keeping assist, a blind-spot warning system and a night-vision camera system are optional.
The standard Audi Pre Sense system can detect when a collision is imminent and warn the driver, tension the seatbelts and close the windows, while Pre Sense Rear flashes the brake lights as a warning to rearward traffic. The optional Pre-Sense Plus system (available via the Driver Assistance package) will also fully tighten the seat belts and automatically apply the brakes full force to avoid a forward collision or mitigate crash damage if one is unavoidable.
2017 Audi A6 Interior
The 2017 Audi A6 has one of the best cabins in its class, with an attractive dash layout, excellent materials quality, and solid fit and finish. The infotainment system controls a dizzying array of functions, utilizing a dash-mounted screen and a knob and buttons on the center console. The system boasts logical menus and crisp graphics, and the “MMI navigation plus” upgrade (standard on all except the base 2.0T Premium) includes USB integration and a touchpad that can recognize fingertip scrawls. It’s sophisticated, but we still prefer BMW’s iDrive or Mercedes’ COMAND for an overall of use.
The upgraded MMI system can also serve as a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices and adds Google Earth data to the navigation system providing a simplified Google search for POIs. The Google Earth feature is mainly formed over function, however, as it can make the map harder to comprehend at a glance.
2017 Audi A6 Driving
The 2017 Audi A6 is a fun car to drive, especially considering its size and heft. Not many midsize luxury sedans forge such a gratifying connection with the driver. Demerit is the car’s overly light and numb steering feel under normal circumstances, but we’ve found that the effort level in the Sports mode is much more to our liking.