Up front, the 2023 Audi A6 is wearing a new bumper with new, redesigned side air intakes. The grille looks to be a tad bit small, too. It is redesigned as well. But, we’ll wait for the wraps to come off to know for sure. Our photographers noted that the headlights have new graphics on them.
Audi has redesigned the rear bumper as well, especially the lower part of it. The horizontal reflectors, however, seemed to have made the cut this time around as well. The taillights also have new graphics to complement the headlights. There could be new wheel designs on offer, and in likelihood, new exterior shades as well.
Audi’s mid-size luxury sedan is essentially unchanged for 2023. Its styling, powertrain, and chassis tuning all carry over from last year’s model. The Convenience package on base Premium models now includes adaptive cruise control while the top-line Prestige trim receives a remote parking feature as standard. That model can also now be ordered with a black suede headliner.
ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION
The 2023 Audi A6‘s two powertrains—a 261-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6—are both more than enough to haul this mid-size sedan around town without undue strain.
Both powertrains employ hybrid technology with a 12- or 48-volt starter/alternator that runs the engine’s stop-start system and other ancillary equipment. A seven-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive are both standards.
The V-6 delivers plenty of thrust for merging and passing on the highway: at our test track, it charged from zero to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Despite this quick result, it’s not quite enough to outrun its key rivals, the BMW 540i xDrive and the Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic.
The 540i managed a 4.5-second run, while the Benz did it in 4.6. Thanks to its absorbent ride the A6 performs better as a luxury car than a sports sedan. We enjoyed its balanced handling and precise steering but never felt totally engaged when attacking twisty sections of the road.
ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
The 2023 Audi A6 earned decent fuel-economy estimates from the EPA, and opting for the V-6 versus the turbo four-cylinder isn’t much of a compromise in the efficiency department.
The four-cylinder A6 received a 32-mpg highway rating, which is only three more than the V-6. However, our V-6–powered test vehicle managed an impressive 32 mpg during the course of our 200-mile highway fuel economy test.
That result puts it ahead of the Benz (30 mpg) and the BMW (31 mpg) but behind the über-efficient Lexus ES350, which managed an incredible 39 mpg in the same test. For more information about the A6’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
The 2023 Audi A6‘s interior design is sleek, modern, and nicely put together from excellent-quality materials.
Soft leather adorns the seats and armrests, rich-looking wood and nickel-finished metal trim are tastefully applied to the dash and doors, and the majority of the A6’s secondary controls—climate, drive mode, etc.—are handled by a large touch-sensitive panel underneath the main infotainment display.
A similar system is used in the A8 luxury sedan and the Q8 crossover, and despite our usual griping about the takeover of touchscreen controls, it works well and provides satisfying haptic feedback. A large trunk and easy-to-fold rear seatbacks make the A6 great for hauling cargo.
We fit six of our carry-on suitcases in the trunk, which ties both the E450 and the 540i. The Audi offered far more space than either of those two with the rear seats folded, managing to hold 20 cases; the Benz held 18 and the BMW 16.
IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS
Audi’s familiar MMI infotainment interface gets a big revamp in this iteration of the 2023 Audi A6. It no longer uses a click-wheel controller on the center console but offers reconfigurable menus so users can customize the layout of the home screen to suit their tastes.
A 10.1-inch display, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and onboard Wi-Fi are all standard; all models also feature Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display.
A 10-speaker audio system is standard, but we’d recommend the 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen setup that comes standard on the Premium Plus and Prestige models.
PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS
Audi offers quite a few standards and optional driver-assistance features, including a system that watches out for traffic to save you from stepping out of the car and into the path of a moving vehicle.
2019 Audi A6
3.0T Quattro Prestige
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED
$78,340 (base price: $68,095)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
183 cu in, 2995 cc
335 hp @ 6400 rpm
369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.3-in vented disc/13.0-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, 255/35R-21 98Y AO
Wheelbase: 115.1 in
Length: 194.4 in
Width: 74.3 in
Height: 56.6 in
Trunk volume: 19 cu ft
Passenger volume: 99 cu ft
Curb weight: 4345 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 4.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.3 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 26.6 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.4 sec @ 104 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 131 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 152 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.96 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 21 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 32 mpg
Highway range: 610 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 25/22/29 mpg