2017 Audi S6 Sedan

#17
in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$70,900 - $74,100

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Overview

The formula behind the Audi S6 Sedan is taking everything that's great with the A6 Sedan and adding more ponies to it. Furthermore, an adaptive air suspension and all-wheel drive assist to harness all that power. The Audi S6 Sedan is a pleasant ride to enjoy, it runs smoothly on open highways as well as on bustling city streets.

Under the hood, you will find a hearty 4.0L TFSI 8-cylinder engine. The engine is tuned for 450 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the Audi S6 relies on a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

In the segment, 2017 Audi S6 Sedan competes with the likes of Lexus GS F and Porsche Panamera 4S. Mercedes Benz AMG E43 is among the prime competitors to the Audi S6. The Audi S6 is priced at $70,900, this clever pricing gives an advantage to the S6.

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Pros

Robust V8 engine

Lavish, fully-functional cabin and interiors

Excellent safety scorecard

All-wheel drive is a boon for driving on wet surfaces

Immaculate sporty exteriors

Superb cargo capacity

Cons

Steering requires further fine-tuning

Weighty front-end

Unimpressive comfort mode

Air suspension

What's New?

Enhanced Headlight Curvature

Additional 30 Horsepower


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$70900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

244 cu. in.

horsepower

450 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

194.4 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

56.8 in.

curb weight

4497 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

highway range

534.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Audi S6 Sedan in Tornado Gray Metallic color  2017 Audi S6 Sedan in Oolong Gray Metallic color  2017 Audi S6 Sedan in Sepang Blue Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi S6 Sedan in Mythos Black Metallic color  2017 Audi S6 Sedan in Moonlight Blue Metallic color  2017 Audi S6 Sedan in Misano Red Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi S6 Sedan in Ibis White color  2017 Audi S6 Sedan in Havanna Black Metallic color
Tornado Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.6

Engine

9.2

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.9

Driving

9.1

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Audi S6 Sedan Premium Plus

Premium Plus

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$70,900

Configurations
Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: V-8 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (18/21/27)
HP: 450 -hp @ 5800-rpm Torque: 406 lbs.-ft. @ 1,400 rpm

 2017 Audi S6 Sedan Prestige

Prestige

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$74,100

Configurations
Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: V-8 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (18/21/27)
HP: 450 -hp @ 5800-rpm Torque: 406 ft-lbs. @ 1400 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 6, 2018

8.6

Overall Rating


8.6/10
Features

 

9.2/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.6/10
Interior

 

8.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Underneath the bonnet of the Audi S6 Sedan, you will find a hearty 4.0L TFSI 8-cylinder engine. The capable engine produces 450 hp of power and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the coupe relies on a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission mode. The combination of a powerful, vigorous 4.0L engine with a seamless transmission guarantees a stout driving performance.

Features

8.6/10

2017 Audi S6 Sedan is available in a total of 2 trims, namely Premium Plus and Prestige. The latter packs all of the standard features available with the former plus a few more. Both trims flaunt a rich, standard feature list.

Pricing for the Premium Plus and Prestige trims start from $70,900 and $74,100, respectively. Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI features an S model-specific front/rear fasciae and side sills. It comes with the Audi advanced key, a feature facilitating keyless start, stop and entry to the ride. Furthermore, it comes with a 14-speaker BOSE Surround Sound System and AudioPilot noise compensation. The trim comes with a 6-month trial subscription of the Audi Connect.

Trim

Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI

Prestige 4.0 TFSI

MSRP

$70,900

$74,100

Key

Features

  • LED turn signals integrated into the exterior side mirror housings
  • S model-specific front/rear fasciae and side sills
  • Audi advanced key—keyless start, stop and entry
  • Audi side assist and Audi pre sense® rear
  • Rain/light sensor for automatic windshield wipers and headlights
  • BOSE Surround Sound System with 14 speakers, AudioPilot noise compensation and 630 watts
  • BLUETOOTH wireless technology preparation for compatible mobile phones
  • Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto
  • Head-up display with navigation information
  • Full LED headlights
  • Power trunk, open and close
  • Manual rear-side window and power rear window sunshades
  • Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear
  • Rain/light sensor for automatic windshield wipers and headlights
  • BOSE Surround Sound System with 14 speakers, AudioPilot noise compensation and 630 watts
  • BLUETOOTH wireless technology preparation for compatible mobile phones
  • Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto

Most of the standard features available to the Premium Plus trim make their way to the Prestige trim. This includes a 14-speaker BOSE Surround Sound System, Audi smartphone interface and Audi side assist. Instead of the integrated LED turn signals in the Premium Plus trim, the Prestige trim features full LED headlights. It comes with a power trunk also. Moreover, manual rear-side window and power rear window sunshades are also available.

We Recommend

For an additional expense of $3.2k, you get the Prestige trim. It is superior to the Premium Plus trim. In addition to enjoying all the powerful standard features available to the Premium Plus, Prestige features a power trunk. Moreover, it comes with full LED headlights.

Engine

9.2/10
"The S6 is a wickedly quick car that carries few if any of the compromises to everyday livability that such speed typically entails. You can drive this Audi sedately without passengers being any wiser to its ability to crack off sub-4.0-second runs to 60 mph."  - Caranddriver

Engine and Transmission

2017 Audi S6 Sedan packs a 4.0L TFSI 8-cylinder engine. The capable engine generates 450 hp of power and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. It is complemented by a 7-speed automatic transmission mode. The horsepower is second only to Lexus GS F’s 467 hp. The torque generated by Audi S6 is the most among its class rivals. Porsche Panamera 4S is second in line in terms of torque offering. It features 405 lb.-ft. of torque. AMG E43 boasts the least torque of 384 lb.-ft. in the segment.

Models

Audi S6 Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI

Porsche Panamera 4S

Mercedes Benz AMG E43

Lexus GS F

MSRP

$70,900

$99,900

$72,400

$83,940

Engine

4.0 TFSI 8 Cylinder

2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6

3.0L V6 Biturbo

5.0L V8

Transmission

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

450 hp @ 5800 rpm

440 hp @ 5650 rpm

396 hp @ 6100 rpm

467 hp @ 7100 rpm

Torque

406 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

405 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm

384 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

389 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

Porsche Panamera 4S and Lexus GS F, both features an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Mercedes Benz AMG E43, on the other hand, relies on a 9-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting. The same ride offers the least horsepower of 396 hp in the competition.

Acceleration

2017 Audi S6 Sedan features a powerful acceleration. The ride is able to reach 60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds. Moreover, it is able to cover a quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds. Lexus GS F and Mercedes Benz AMG E43 take 4.5 seconds to hit the 60 MPH mark. While Lexus GS F covers a quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds, AMG E43 takes 13.1 seconds to do the same.

Models

Audi S6 Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI

Porsche Panamera 4S

Mercedes Benz AMG E43

Lexus GS F

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.2 sec

4.5 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter mile

12.4 sec

12.3 sec

13.1 sec

12.8 sec

Engine

4.0L

2.9L

3.0L

5.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

7.7

8.4

9.3

Porsche Panamera 4S outlasts Audi S6 and rest of competition in 0-60 MPH acceleration. The ride requires 4.2 seconds to accelerate to 60 MPH. Also, it covers a quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds, the best among its class rivals. It also has the best CO2 emission value of 7.7. The same for the Audi S6 as well as the AMG E43 is 8.4. Lexus GS F has the most CO2 emission value of 9.3.

Ride and Handling

The engine refinement introduced in the 2017 Audi S6 Sedan is superb. Combining it with the responsive and smooth 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission mode makes up for a powerful combination. The ride is ideal for a long cruise on the highway as well as coping with the hustle in city streets. Braking is responsive and powerful. Although there is some hitch in the initial phase of braking, it is responsive and effective thereafter.

Steering response is quick and the steering wheel of the Audi S6 Sedan has a resolute grip. The standard of handling matches with world-class sports car standards. Furthermore, the air suspension allows for an enjoyable jolt-free ride on most surfaces. 2017 Audi S6 has an all-around performance that is difficult to match with. Moreover, there are a number of driving modes to make the ride comfy and enjoyable.

Braking

2017 Audi S6 Sedan comes with the biggest front brake of 15.7 inches among its class rivals. On the other hand, both Panamera 4S and AMG E43 have the smallest front brake in the segment, measuring 14.2 inches. Rear brake size for Audi S6 Sedan is 14 inches. Porsche Panamera 4S has the smallest rear brake of 13 inches. Mercedes Benz AMG E43, on the contrary, features the biggest rear brake, measuring 14.2 inches, in the competition.

Model

Audi S6 Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI

Porsche Panamera 4S

Mercedes Benz AMG E43

Lexus GS F

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

14.2

14.2

15.0

Brake Rear (in.)

14.0

13.0

14.2

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4497

4123

4145

4034

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

101

109

110

The 2017 facelift of the S6 Sedan supports a curb weight of 4497 lbs. Hence, it is the bulkiest ride in the competition. Lexus GS F flaunts the least curb weight of 4034 lbs. in the league. Curb weight for Panamera 4S and AMG E43 are 4123 and 4145 lbs., respectively. S6 Sedan stops at a distance of 112 feet while decelerated from 60 MPH. The same feat for Lexus GS F and AMG E43 is 110 feet and 109 feet, respectively. Panamera 4S comes to a halt in just 101 feet.

Fuel Economy

7.1/10

In cities, the 2017 iteration of the Audi S6 Sedan is capable of delivering 18 mpg. The ride offers 27 mpg on highways. Combined fuel economy offered by the coupe is 21 mpg. Mercedes Benz AMG E43 also offers a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg.

Model

Audi S6 Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI

Porsche Panamera 4S

Mercedes Benz AMG E43

Lexus GS F

MPG (city)

18

21

18

16

MPG (highway)

27

28

25

24

MPG (combined)

21

23

21

19

Lexus GS F flaunts the least combined fuel economy of 19 mpg among the class rivals. On the other hand, Porsche Panamera 4S offers the most combined fuel economy of 23 mpg. The ride delivers 21 and 28 mpg in cities and highways, respectively.

Interior

8.6/10
"It only takes a few moments inside the 2017 Audi S6 to realize that it's something special. Highlights include a handsome dashboard layout, top-quality materials and excellent fit and finish. " - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Audi S6 Sedan comes with a seating for 5 passengers. Headroom, shoulder room and legroom available in the front of the coupe are 37.2, 57.5 and 41.3 inches, respectively. While headroom is the least that one can get into the competition, legroom is the most. Available shoulder room is second only to 57.8 inches offered by Mercedes Benz AMG E43. Lexus GS F offers the most headroom of 38.9 inches in the front seats.

Model

Audi S6 Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI

Porsche Panamera 4S

Mercedes Benz AMG E43

Lexus GS F

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/57.5/41.3

N/A

37.9/57.8/41.3

38.9/57.2/40.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.3/37.4

N/A

38.2/56.9/35.8

37.8/55.7/32.8

Headroom, shoulder room and legroom available in the rear of Audi S6 is 37.8, 56.3 and 37.4 inches, respectively. Mercedes Benz AMG E43 offers a slightly better headroom of 38.2 inches. Lexus GS F also offers the same headroom, 37.8 inches, as that of the Audi S6 Sedan. Rear legroom available to Audi S6 is the most among its class rivals. Lexus GS F offers the least rear legroom of 32.8 inches in the competition.

Infotainment System

2017 Audi S6 Sedan comes with an average, at its best, infotainment system. Various features and functions available to the infotainment system can be controlled via the dash-mounted pop-up screen. A dial-and-buttons cluster present on the center console could also be used for manipulating various infotainment features. Furthermore, the system flaunts crisp graphics, logical menus, and a touchpad. S6 also features Audi Connect online services.

2017 Audi S6 Sedan comes with an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connectivity as well. The infotainment system comes with Google Earth for facilitating navigation and fulfilling requirements for driving directions. However, Google Earth display is somewhat difficult to comprehend as compared to a conventional map display. Moreover, the infotainment system feels kind of outdated in comparison to the ride.

Interior Features

Just a few looks inside the 2017 Audi S6 Sedan and anyone will realize that there’s something special to it. There’s everything great about the interiors of the ride, ranging from lavish, spacious cabin to the fully-functional infotainment system.

  • Use of top-quality materials with excellent fitting and finishing
  • Excellent 14.1 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Attractive dashboard layout
  • Standard sports seats

Cargo Capacity

Having a cargo capacity of 14.1 cubic feet is more than sufficient. Hence, Audi S6 Sedan allows for carrying loads of cargo around. This is better than that offered by the Mercedes Benz AMG E43 and Lexus GS F. These rides offer 13.1 and 14.0 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space, respectively.

Model

Audi S6 Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI

Porsche Panamera 4S

Mercedes Benz AMG E43

Lexus GS F

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

14.1

17.4

13.1

14.0

2nd Row 

N/A

46.0

N/A

N/A

Despite having an above average cargo space, the round is won by the Porsche Panamera 4S. The ride flaunts 17.4 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space.

Exterior

8.9/10
"Audi’s S6 is the hotter, more powerful version of the brand’s everyday A6 sedan. It has been around in its current incarnation since the 2012 model year, having benefited from only a single update last year that brought a bump in horsepower and mild cosmetic tweaks."  -Caranddriver

Dimension and Weight

Length, width, and height of 2017 Audi S6 Sedan are 194.4, 73.8 and 56.8 inches, respectively. Length-wise, S6 Sedan is the shortest coupe among its class rivals. The closest competitor is the Mercedes Benz AMG E43 with 194.6 inches of length. Porsche Panamera 4S, on the contrary, has the most length of 198.8 inches. 2017 Audi S6 Sedan stays behind 73.2 inches of width offered by the AMG E43. Porsche Panamera 4S has the least height of 56 inches in the league.

Model

Audi S6 Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI

Porsche Panamera 4S

Mercedes Benz AMG E43

Lexus GS F

Curb weight (lbs.)

4497

4123

4145

4034

Length(in)

194.4

198.8

194.6

193.5

Width(in)

73.8

76.3

73.2

72.6

Height(in)

56.8

56.0

57.0

104.8

Ground clearance (in)

4.5

5.6

4.8

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

114.8

116.1

115.7

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

63.6/63.2

65.8/65.0

64.1/62.9

61.2/61.4

2017 Audi S6 Sedan flaunts a ground clearance of 4.5 inches. This is the lowest among its class rivals. The closest one to the ride is Mercedes Benz AMG E43 with 4.8 inches of ground clearance. Porsche Panamera 4S has the most ground clearance of 5.6 inches among the class rivals. Wheelbase supported by the Audi S6 Sedan is 114.8 inches. Lexus GS F and Porsche Panamera 4S have the least and most wheelbases of 112.2 and 116.1 inches, respectively.

Exterior Features

2017 Audi S6 Sedan flaunts sporty exteriors. Its looks are capable to make heads turn and captivate the sight. The styling of the sports coupe perfectly resonates with its power-packed performance and powerful handling. Important exterior feats of the car include:

  • Trim-specific wheels
  • Aluminum mirror caps
  • Quad exhaust outlets
  • Tiny S6 badge on the grille

Safety

The 2017 avatar of the Audi S6 Sedan flaunts a flashy NHTSA scorecard. IIHS ratings aren’t available for the coupe, although it comes with a galore of standard safety and security features. Some of the standard features are as follows:

  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Sideguard head-curtain airbags
  • Driver and front passenger knee airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger dual-stage airbags
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Sideguard head-curtain airbags

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

5 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

IIHS has not yet rated the car

Competition

Audi S6 vs Lexus GS F

One of the prime competitors to the 2017 Audi S6 Sedan is the Lexus GS F. The ride features a 5.0L V8 engine coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. The V8 engine is capable of generating 467 hp of power and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. The horsepower offered by the coupe is the maximum among its class rivals. Nonetheless, the torque is only greater than that of the 384 lb.-ft. delivered by the AMG E43. Pricing options for the ride start from $83,940.

Lexus GS F takes 4.5 seconds to accelerate to the 60 MPH mark. This is the slowest amongst the competition. Mercedes Benz AMG E43 also takes the same time. While AMG E43 takes 13.1 seconds for covering a quarter-mile, Lexus GS F does so in 12.8 seconds. Audi S6, on the other hand, covers a quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds. Total curb weight of the Lexus GS F is 4034 lbs. Hence, it is the least bulky ride in the league. GS F offers an uninspiring mileage of 19 mpg.

Audi S6 vs Mercedes Benz AMG E43

Another major competitor to the 2017 Audi S6 Sedan is Mercedes Benz AMG E43. The bid for AMG E43 starts from $72,400, $1.5k more than that of the Audi S6 Premium Plus. Mercedes Benz AMG E43 flaunts a 3.0L V6 Bi-turbo engine. It produces 396 hp of power in addition to 384 lb.-ft. of torque. Though both are less than that offered by the Audi S6 Sedan, the maximum rpm available is greater. For power, it is 6100 rpm and for torque, it is 2500 rpm.

Mercedes Benz AMG E43 offers a 9-speed automatic transmission mode for changing gears. It has a slightly slower 0-60 MPH acceleration than that of the Audi S6 Sedan. AMG E43 takes 4.5 seconds, 0.1-second more than that of the Audi S6 Sedan, to shoot to 60 MPH. Moreover, it takes 0.7-second more than that of the S6 Sedan for covering a quarter-mile. Both rides feature a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. AMG E43 comes with a bigger wheelbase of 115.7 inches.

Audi S6 vs Porsche Panamera 4S

With a 2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 engine, Porsche Panamera 4S offers 440 hp of power and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. The opening bid for the ride is $99,900, making it the most expensive option among its class rivals. For gear-shifting, Panamera 4S relies on an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. The coupe is capable of hitting 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds, fastest of all its competitors. Moreover, it covers a quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds, 0.1-second better than the S6.

Porsche Panamera 4S has the least CO2 emission value of 7.7 among its class rivals. With a total curb weight of 4123 lbs., Panamera 4S weighs 374 lbs. less than that of the 2017 Audi S6 Sedan. Its excellent braking system enables it to come to a full halt from 60 MPH at a distance of 101 feet. This is the best among the competition. The closest competitor is AMG E43, which takes 109 feet in doing so. Furthermore, it offers an impressive mileage of 23 miles per gallon.

Final Verdict

The all-wheel-drive system in 2017 Audi S6 Sedan is simply superb. Compared to the ones used in Cadillac CTS V-Sport and Lexus GS F, the all-wheel-drive system in Audi S6 is well-developed and complete. In fact, the torque vectoring AWD system allows the coupe to shift comfortably even in bustling city streets. The powertrain gets lively in Dynamic mode with shifts becoming quick and crisp. However, the ride has its own issues that need to be addressed.

To begin with, Audi S6 isn’t good at carving corners even in the Dynamic mode. Moreover, the bulky V8 engine keeps hanging on at the front end of the ride, making it heavier. Hence, it messes with the front-rear weight distribution only for the worse. Leave for that, 2017 Audi S6 Sedan is an unrivaled cruiser. It has a comfortable straight-line drive as well as luxurious interior, and all that for a price that is least among its class rivals.

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