Audi A6, A6 Avant and A6 allroad quattro

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The Audi A6 is the successful model in the full-size class. In its makeover in fall 2014, new engines, transmissions and headlights plus a new infotainment system made this sedan even more efficient, powerful and exclusive.

Audi A6 Design and body

Sharp lines and emphasized horizontals – the design of the A6 epitomizes precision and sporty elegance. Audi also offers headlights with LED or Matrix LED technology. The latter integrates 19 small, individually controllable LEDs. With the aid of a camera they are able to illuminate the roadway extremely effectively at all times, without dazzling the drivers of other vehicles. The dynamic turn signal lights complement the high-tech headlights, and illuminate sequentially in the direction in which the driver wants to turn.

The bodywork contains numerous components of aluminum and hot-shaped steel that form the backbone of a systematic lightweight design concept. The A6 1.8 TFSI has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,535 kg (3,384.1 lb).

Audi A6 Interior

Every detail of the spacious interior is a testament to the brand’s uncompromisingly high standards of quality. Elegant colors and carefully selected materials emphasize the cultivated atmosphere. Options available for the front seat include ventilation and massage features.

Audi A6 Drive system

Three TFSI and six TDI engines ranging in output from 110 kW (150 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp) comprise the engine lineup of the Audi A6. The 2.0 TDI ultra with 110 kW (150 hp) and 140 kW (190 hp) are the most efficient variants with combined fuel consumption figures of 4.2 liters per 100 km (56.0 US mpg) and emissions of 109 g CO2 per km (175.4 g/mi). The limited edition 3.0 TDI competition model is powered by the bi-turbo V6 diesel which delivers 240 kW (326 hp). The highest power comes from a gasoline engine – the supercharged 3.0 TFSI with 245 kW (333 hp).

Audi A6 Engine lineup

  •  1.8 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI with 185 kW (252 hp)
  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 245 kW (333 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI ultra with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 235 kW (320 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI competition quattro with 240 kW (326 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.4 – 4.2 (31.8 – 56.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 172 – 109 (276.8 – 175.4 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

Audi has a variety of drivetrain solutions available. The six-speed manual transmission and the seven-speed S tronic for front-wheel drive have both been redeveloped. The lineup is completed with a seven-speed S tronic for quattro drive and the eight-gear tiptronic – for the two most powerful diesel engines. quattro permanent all-wheel drive is optionally available for the 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp). It is standard with all engines producing at least 200 kW (272 hp), and can be supplemented here with the sport differential at the rear axle if desired.


The chassis also combines supreme comfort with sporty handling. The sophisticated wheel suspensions – five-link front suspension and trapezoidal-link at the rear – are constructed of aluminum, and the power steering has an electromechanical drive system. All A6 versions with front-wheel drive have Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) with an electronic limited-slip differential, and the Audi drive select driving dynamics system is standard throughout. Audi also offers dynamic steering and the adaptive air suspension with variable damping as options.

Equipment and trim

The new Audi A6 is also way ahead of the competition when it comes to infotainment, with configurable modules ranging up to MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. The top-of-the-line navigation system with the power-retractable eight-inch monitor is based on a new technology platform that incorporates the fast Tegra 30 graphics chip from Audi partner NVIDIA. The Audi connect module transfers data via LTE and brings tailored online services aboard, including navigation map updates and online media streaming, which is another new feature.

The range of driver assistance systems is headed by adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. Audi side assist, which checks behind the car when changing lanes, works closely together with Audi active lane assist, which prevents unintended lane changes. The night vision assistant is further improved, and the Audi pre sense basic safety system is standard.

Audi A6 3.0 TDI competition

The limited edition model A6 3.0 TDI competition is a reference to the successful launch of Audi TDI technology in 1989. The 3.0 TDI biturbo produces 240 kW (326 hp) and can briefly reach a peak power of 255 kW (346 hp) in overboost mode. The S line sport package is standard equipment, and the sports suspension lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in). Located behind the 20‑inch, two-tone wheels are brakes with red calipers. The interior is black, and the list of standard equipment is very generous.

Audi A6 Avant

The Audi A6 Avant with its flowing lines benefited in 2014 from the same improvements as the A6 Sedan. Among the most eye-catching of the design upgrades are the new headlights, which are also available in LED and Matrix LED technology. The lightweight body, with its intelligent combination of materials, and the sporty and elegant interior are major highlights. The luggage compartment offers 565 to 1,680 liters (20.0 to 59.3 cu ft) of capacity and a number of practical features. Cargo loading is even easier with the optional sensor-controlled automatic power tailgate combined with a power luggage compartment cover.

Drive system

Three gasoline and six TDI engines combine power with high efficiency, low emissions and smooth running. The two 2.0 TDI ultra versions have a combined fuel consumption of 4.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (53.5 US mpg) with emissions at 114 g CO2 pro km (183.5 g/mi). The 3.0 TDI turbo and the 3.0 TFSI have undergone fundamental redevelopment. Like the sedan, the A6 Avant is also available as the limited edition 3.0 TDI competition with a bi-turbo TDI that delivers up to 255 kW (346 hp) in overboost mode.

Engine lineup

  • 1.8 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI with 185 kW (252 hp)
  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 245 kW (333 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI ultra with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 235 kW (320 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI competition quattro with 240 kW (326 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.4 – 4.4 (31.8 – 53.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 177 – 114 (284.9 – 183.5 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

The A6 Avant comes off the assembly line with either a newly developed six‑speed manual, seven-speed S tronic (new for versions with front-wheel drive) or the eight-speed tiptronic, depending on the engine selected. As an alternative to the front-wheel drive version, quattro permanent all-wheel drive is also available for the six-cylinder engine, and a sport differential is available as an option.


The aluminum chassis, electromechanical power steering and the Audi drive select dynamic drive system are all standard with the Audi A6 Avant. Options include adaptive air suspension and dynamic steering. In the Avant A6 2.0 TDI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp), the springs are made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) – an Audi innovation that saves approximately 4.4 kilograms (9.7 lb) of weight.

Equipment and trim

High-end options include the head-up display, front seats with ventilation and massage function, and ambient lighting. The A6 Avant can be equipped with many different assistance and safety systems. Audi connect can also be ordered together with an extensive lineup of infotainment modules and services.

Audi A6 allroad quattro

The Audi A6 allroad quattro, which was also upgraded in 2014, keeps on going where the asphalt ends. Its body is positioned six centimeters (2.4 in) higher than in the A6 Avant. Stainless steel covers protect the underbody at the front and rear. The design has a rugged look to it, and some add-on parts are finished in a contrasting color. Audi also offers a full paint finish as an option. Modifications similar to those of the A6 Avant can be found at the front end, headlights, side sills, rear body, lighting and interior.

Four powerful and refined V6 engines are available for the A6 allroad quattro – one TFSI gasoline engine and three TDI units. Almost all have been fundamentally redeveloped.

Audi A6 allroad Engine lineup

  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 245 kW (333 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 235 kW (320 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.0 – 5.6 (29.4 – 42.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 185 – 149 (297.7 – 239.8 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

The top-of-the-line TDI works with an eight-speed tiptronic; the other engines are combined with a seven-speed S tronic. The adaptive air suspension is also standard: at the touch of a button it raises the vehicle body by 35 millimeters (1.4 in). At low speeds, the lift mode adds ten millimeters (0.4 in) to the ride height.

The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

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