The arrival of the 2019 Audi A6 has made the premium midsize sedan scene a lot more interesting. Although competitors like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class have been impressing buyers with their abilities and technologies, the all-new A6 moves the game on even further. It comes with a mild hybrid drivetrain as standard, something that will be used more and more (Mercedes-Benz is doing something similar in a few of its AMG cars). No doubt this system could be adapted to create performance gains for the latest S6, which is surely in the pipeline.
A new infotainment system deploys two touchscreens. The lower one can read handwritten commands. The system can also be controlled with smartphone like gestures or by using natural speech.
Naturally, there are plenty of advanced driver aids, both standard and optional. Audi has also created the A6 to appeal to both the luxury crowd and the enthusiast sector, with a well-tuned suspension (adaptive dampers are optional) and a gutsy yet smooth engine.
The cabin has a similarly broad attraction with a smart design, quality materials and excellent seats. The exterior, meanwhile, shows off the latest development in Audi’s styling approach, an arguably sharper look replacing the well-executed blobs of earlier models.
There is no high-performance S6 for this model year. When it does debut, it will be reviewed separately.
What’s New for 2019?
Virtually everything but the name. This is an all-new generation, the eighth. See the 2019 Audi A6 models for sale near you
What We Like
- Muscular V6 engine
- Top-class interior materials and design
- Impressive safety equipment
What We Don’t
- There’s a bit of a learning curve with the infotainment system
The 2019 A6 is propelled by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 developing 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It’s augmented by a 48-volt mild hybrid system with a lithium-ion battery. This helps with fuel efficiency, such as providing the energy for the stop/start function and enabling a fuel-saving "coasting" feature.
A 7-speed automated transmission sends power to all four wheels (Audi’s quattro system) as standard.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fuel consumption is estimated at 22 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving.
Standard Features & Options
The 2019 Audi A6 executive midsize sedan comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.
The Premium ($59,895) starts with 19-in alloy wheels, LED headlights/daytime running lights/taillights, a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers/headlights, Audi’s Drive Select system (featuring adjustments for steering, throttle and transmission responses), variable-ratio steering, leather seating surfaces, tri-zone automatic climate control (including separate rear controls), heated/8-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way driver lumbar adjustment and driver’s-side memory settings, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a self-dimming rearview mirror, heated/self-dimming side mirrors, front/rear parking sensors, a universal garage door opener, forward-collision warning, Audi Connect Plus services (including Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a 10-speaker/180-watt audio system, satellite radio, and Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) that includes dual touchscreens (8.8-in and 8.6-in high to low), navigation, voice command function and four USB ports.
An optional Convenience package for the Premium trim includes wireless charging, phone signal booster, hands-free trunk opening, keyless entry/ignition, power-folding side mirrors, plus blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and Exit Assist (warning of any approaching hazards when the doors are being opened).
The Premium Plus ($63,695) has the contents of the Convenience package as standard, while adding a 10.1-in upper touchscreen, Matrix-design LED headlights with washers and automatic high beams, a 360-degree camera system, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-in configurable digital driver information display), traffic information and a Bang & Olufsen 705-watt/16-speaker audio upgrade.
This trim is eligible for the Warm Weather package that brings ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, quad-zone climate control and 4-way powered lumbar adjustment for the front passenger.
The Prestige ($68,095) has the Warm Weather equipment as standard, then adds double-pane glass for greater sound insulation, power-closing doors, high-definition Matrix-design LED headlights, multi-colored ambient cabin lighting, side/rear collision mitigation and a head-up display.
These top two trims are may also be ordered with the Individual Contour Seating package that includes heated/ventilated/massaging front seats covered with finer leather upholstery. The Premium Plus and Prestige also qualify for a Driver Assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist (relieving the driver of some effort during stop/go conditions), lane-keeping assist, intersection assistance, road sign recognition and side collision alert.
Other options include rear-seat side airbags, sport suspension with 20-in alloy wheels, 21-in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers with rear-wheel steering, a night vision feature with pedestrian/large animal detection and a Bang & Olufsen 1,820-watt/19-speaker audio setup.
Trunk space is 13.7 cu ft. (Mercedes-Benz E-Class: 13.1 cu ft.; BMW 5 Series: 14.5 cu ft.). The rear seats split and fold (40/20/40) for some extra cargo flexibility.
The A6 comes with standard stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with ventilated discs, plus eight standard airbags (front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain); rear side airbags are optional.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to put the new A6 through its crash test program. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), however, makes the 2019 A6 Prestige a Top Safety Pick+ because of its upgraded headlights.
Behind the Wheel
The 3.0-liter V6 delivers strong yet refined acceleration, while the chassis is perfectly able to contain and exploit that power. The suspension is always civilized, never jarring, but still nicely controlled and able to get the new A6 flowing through a series of S-bends. The transmission, meanwhile, is super-smooth and uncannily able to select the right gear at the right time.
As long as they’re not freakishly tall and wide, four adults should be perfectly happy with the amount of space they’re given. The main thing to be wary of is how much the optional 21-in wheels might affect ride quality.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 BMW 5 Series — One of the great cars, regardless of segment. This generation holds the torch high.
2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class — Vibrating with fresh technology, the E-Class is a giant of the segment.
2019 Volvo S90 — Never let it be said that the premium midsize sedan segment is short on choice. Stylish and spacious, but not up to the dynamic level of the A6.
Used Audi A7 — For the same price as a new A6, you could get a gently used previous-generation A7 (a new generation debuts for 2019), which is essentially a sleeker, sportier (older) A6 only with a hatchback body. Shop around for a certified pre-owned (CPO) model and enjoy the reassurance of a comprehensive warranty.
Choose the Premium Plus, since it’s eligible for driver-assistance features and other goodies, has plenty of great standard equipment, but isn’t quite so pricey as Prestige trim. But if you can afford the Prestige version, it’s even better. We also recommend the Individual Contour Seating package for superb comfort and support. Find an Audi A6 for sale