Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

Audi A6 - Reliability and safety

Top-notch safety and assistance systems should ensure maximum protection in the A6, but Audi’s warranty is only average

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£45,840 to £63,035
Find your Audi A6
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Or are you looking to sell your car?
Customers got an average £1000 more vs part exchange quotes
Advertisement

Given the sheer number of active and passive safety systems fitted to the Audi A6, it’s fair to say it should be one of the safer cars on the road. The company has a history of achieving five-star ratings from independent safety experts at Euro NCAP, and the A6 kept that trend going when it was assessed in 2018. It also earned a 93 per cent score for adult occupant protection, an 85 per cent score for child protection, 81 per cent for pedestrian safety and 76 per cent for its advanced safety tech.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Driver assists such as blind spot monitoring are optional, but Autonomous Emergency Braking and active lane-keeping assist are fitted as standard to the A6 – and that’s in addition to the usual plethora of airbags and electronic aids.

The A6 didn’t appear in our most recent Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but Audi’s 30th-place finish out of 32 brands in our best manufacturer rankings doesn’t do much to inspire confidence. This was well below all of its rivals, such as BMW, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo and Jaguar.

Warranty 

The news here is fine, but nothing more. Audi’s three-year, 60,000-mile warranty was once average for the industry, but it is now looking slightly ungenerous. BMW and Mercedes offer no mileage cap with their three-year policies, for example. You can always opt to extend your warranty to a four-year/75,000 mile, or five-year/90,000 mile policy, at an additional cost.

Servicing

Audi offers the choice of either a fixed or flexible service plan. Which one is best for you will depend on your predicted annual mileage. The fixed plan involves a service every 18,600 miles or two years, while the flexible plan involves an oil change every 9,300 miles or one year, and a full service every 18,600 miles or two years.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    40 TFSI Sport 4dr S Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £45,840

Most Economical

  • Name
    40 TDI Quattro Sport 4dr S Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £50,085

Fastest

  • Name
    45 TFSI Quattro Sport 4dr S Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £51,980

Shane is responsible for looking after the day-to-day running of the Auto Express website and social media channels. Prior to joining Auto Express in 2021, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for outlets such as the BBC.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Best small SUVs to buy 2024
Best small SUVs - header image
Best cars & vans

Best small SUVs to buy 2024

There's a huge range of small SUVs out there, so we’ve picked out the very best
22 Jul 2024
Car Deal of the Day: brand-new VW ID.7 EV with 381-mile range for less than you’d expect
Volkswagen ID.7 - front cornering
News

Car Deal of the Day: brand-new VW ID.7 EV with 381-mile range for less than you’d expect

If you want an electric car that can go the distance, then maybe you should consider our Deal of the Day for 23 July
23 Jul 2024
New Skoda Enyaq 50 brings £2,000 price cut to popular electric family SUV
Skoda Enyaq 50 - front tracking
News

New Skoda Enyaq 50 brings £2,000 price cut to popular electric family SUV

The new Enyaq 50 and Enyaq 50 Edition are available to order now, with prices starting from £36,970
22 Jul 2024