For the sedan and wagon faithful, the 2022 Audi A6 offers a tremendous amount of performance, comfort, luxury, and technology. Audi affixes A6, and S6 or RS 6, badges to a variety of mid-size luxury sedans and wagons, each with its own personality. Shop these cars against the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, plus the Tesla Model S. The 2022 Audi A6 lineup offers plenty of choices; some great, some greater than great. The A6 range mostly carries over into 2022 aside from wider availability of the Black Optic package that dresses up the exterior for an extra charge.
These cars come in sedan or wagon body styles, though there’s no overlap between them. Four-door models include base A6s with turbo-4 or twin-turbo V-6 engines, while the A6 allroad, the focus of our review, has a high-riding stance for some degree of off-road ability and the mid-level twin-turbo V-6. The S6 uses a different boosted V-6 making it something of an entry-level performance car, though it is a rare sight. The RS 6 Avant is a car fan’s dream come true, with nearly 600 horsepower, a buttoned-down suspension, and a practical wagon body.
The 2022 Audi A6 boasts clean styling inside and out. Long-roof wagons have more pleasing lines to our eyes, though the A6 allroad and RS 6 are not quite as common a sight. The allroad wears chunky fender flares and a slightly higher stance, while the RS 6 Avant goes in the opposite direction as it appears to hug the ground thanks to a hefty body kit and a wide stance.
The A6 allroad only comes in one edition, 55 TFSI, unlike its sedan counterparts. Likewise, the A6 comes standard with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which comes in two flavors but only one on the allroad. The base system which comes on the 55 TFSI cars can disconnect the rear axle for improved fuel economy, while other models use a permanently engaged setup. Compared to base cars, the 55 TFSI that’s standard on the allroad swaps in a twin-turbo V-6. That’s the engine we prefer thanks to its terrific power from any speed and its fairly reasonable price tag. A6 allroad wagons only use this V-6.
All cars handle well, though the base suspension can be swapped out for a slightly lower-riding setup with stiffer springs. Adaptive dampers are optional to open up comfort and sport modes, while the A6 allroad is fitted with a height-adjustable air suspension to open up more ground clearance.
The 2022 Audi A6 is a reasonably frugal choice in most variants thanks to a trick all-wheel-drive system. The mid-level V-6 called 55 TFSI in Audi-speak is the only choice on the allroad. The wagon body and higher-riding stance net the A6 allroad fuel economy ratings of 20/26/22 mpg.
The 2022 Audi A6 is at the top of its game for safety. The 2022 Audi A6 gets five-star overall ratings from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. Every model comes with highly-rated automatic emergency braking, though adaptive cruise control and active lane control are optional extras that are worth it in our book. Headlights are a mixed bag, though even the base setup is rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS.
Inside, these cars all have subdued, conservative looks, though brighter upholstery hue choices are available. Standard leather is nice in a class where synthetic hides are common. All models are beautifully finished. The 2022 A6 serves up great interior space for humans, with terrific fit and finish. Standard leather drapes seats that are power and heated up front. These thrones are all-day comfortable even during your off-road adventure. Rear-seat room is slightly better than rivals. Allroad wagons predictably serve up the best cargo space: about 30 cubic feet with the rear seats upright.
The 2022 Audi A6 is something of a value play among mid-size luxury cars. Base sedans are equipped well enough with leather seats that are heated up front, a fair amount of active safety tech, an 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Premium Plus trim, which is the starting point for the A6 allroad, tosses in a bigger touchscreen paired with Bang & Olufsen audio and a digital instrument cluster, plus more active safety tech; it’s the trim we’d buy. The A6 allroad starts at about $68,000 in Premium Plus guise. The Prestige trim adds remote parking assist, matrix LED headlights, power soft-close doors, heads-up display, and adaptive cruise with lane guidance starting at $73,000. Audi’s includes a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty standard on all A6’s.
Few vehicles are as capable and well rounded as Audi’s A6 allroad; it really can do it all. From svelte styling and impeccable road manners, to cutting edge technology and decent off-road ability, the allroad does everything very well. Blending in decent value and leading safety scores only make the 2022 Audi A6 allroad a true winner. Whatever you ask of it, the Audi A6 allroad does it all with perfect refinement.