Audi Test Drive Reviews 

2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro Test Drive Review

As part of a never-ending quest for perfection and performance, Audi enhances its popular A6 mid-size sedan by offering a 3.0T competition trim for the current model year.

With more horsepower and various sport-inspired features, the A6 3.0T competition is poised to offer a dynamic driving experience while delivering maximum comfort and capability.

Explore the A6’s luxury, power, and convenience with an in-depth look at our 2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro test model.

 

2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro Exterior

For the 2017 model year, Audi takes its timeless midsize sedan design and adds standard S line styling cues on all A6 model variants for an athletic and dynamic vibe. The black optic package — which includes a Singleframe grille, lower front bumper blades, and exterior window trim all decked out in gloss black — also comes standard on the 3.0T competition model.

Energy-efficient LEDs are now featured in all of the exterior lighting — high beams, low beams, daytime running lights, turn signals, and taillights. In addition to providing excellent visibility, the LED light design makes the A6 instantly recognizable at night.

Our test model came painted in a sleek Florett Silver metallic color that perfectly complemented the 20-inch 5-double-spoke wheels finished in matte titanium.

Other notable exterior features of the A6 3.0T competition model include red brake calipers, black side mirror housings, touch-sensitive door handles for automatic unlocking, and dual trapezoidal chrome exhaust tips.

The 2017 A6 3.0T competition is definitely a beautiful car that gets a lot of compliments, but it isn’t so in-your-face as to attract unwanted attention. It’s seductive yet subtle — a perfect combination for those with discerning tastes.

 

2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro Interior

As you slide into the 2017 A6, you’ll find yourself surrounded by unadulterated luxury and comfort. The premium leather seats feature Korso red contrast stitching for enhanced visual appeal and a pop of color to pair with the Piano Black inlays.

In the center of the wrap-around dash is an 8-inch color driver information system that’s powered by Audi’s MMI touch controls. This is where you’ll access music, navigation, vehicle settings, connected apps, and more.

The MMI touch system is quickly becoming one of our favorite input methods thanks to its intuitive layout that allows you to operate it without looking at any of the dials or buttons. Once you place your hand on the MMI scroll wheel — which acts as the starting point for the surrounding buttons — your muscle memory takes over for seamless operation of the infotainment hub, all while keeping your eyes on the road ahead. The MMI touchpad situated to the left of the drive selector usually displays radio presets, but switches to accept handwritten characters when inputting navigation directions or search queries.

Front passengers are treated to heated 12-way power sport seats while rear passengers enjoy heated seats — as part of the Cold Weather package — and everyone gets their own level of cozy with four-zone automatic climate control.

Additional interior highlights include a BOSE surround sound system, 60/40 split-folding rear seat back, power sunroof, Audi smartphone interface (supports Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto), available head-up display, and memory presets for driver’s seat positioning.

All of this comfort, luxury, and convenience found inside the 2017 Audi A6 is sure to make you take the long way home more often — it totally did for us.

 

2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro Performance

Powering every 2017 A6 3.0T competition quattro model is a robust 340-horsepower supercharged V6 engine mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission.

This powertrain combination delivers some of the smoothest acceleration we’ve ever experienced, along with lightning fast gear changes. The transmission can also be placed in manual mode, but we found the A6’s gearing and shift profile to be so competent that we left it in automatic the entire time, even during sessions of spirited driving.

The A6’s driving experience can be tailored for a variety of scenarios using Audi’s Drive Select. Four modes — Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual — adjust steering weight, transmission shift points, and suspension stiffness to best match the type of road surface and performance required.

And, of course, Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system paired with sport suspension tuning helps the 2017 A6 effectively put down its 325 lb-ft of torque as well as enhance cornering abilities. The 2017 3.0T competition model also comes standard with a sports differential that actively distributes torque between the rear wheels to counteract any oversteer or understeer.

The 2017 A6 3.0T competition’s performance and on-road technology translates into a confident driving experience and a luxurious ride. We’re hard-pressed to think of another sedan that is so gentle and capable, and loaded with plenty of on-demand power.

Fuel economy for the 2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro is an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway**.

 

2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro Safety

The 2017 A6 comes loaded with a long list of standard safety features, like 2-stage adaptive front airbags, side impact protection, front and rear body crumple zones, SIDEGUARD inflatable curtain airbags, parking system plus with rearview camera, and more.

Our test model came equipped with the available Driver Assistance package that adds adaptive cruise control w/ stop & go, pre sense plus, active lane assist, a top view camera system, and high beam assistant.

An added bonus of the adaptive cruise control is that it helps eliminate some of the effort and stress surrounding daily traffic. Driver fatigue is a major safety concern, and the A6’s stop & go capability takes over speed and distance management on congested roads for an easier driving experience.

 

2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro Overall

With timeless beauty, a confident road presence, and all the technology you could ever want, the 2017 Audi A6 offers top value in the luxury vehicle segment.

Starting MSRP for the 2017 Audi A6 3.0T competition quattro is $67,600, and our test model came well-equipped at $72,175*.

See for yourself what the excitement is all about by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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