At the moment, the Audi A6 comes with but one engine in America — a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6. It’s a good engine, the same one that powers the Audi S5, and packs more than enough power for its clientele base. With 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. However, most customers will never use that much power, nor do they notice it. So Audi is now offering an entry-level A6 model that will pack a less powerful, more significantly cheaper, 2.0 liter turbocharged (TFSI) four-cylinder.
That little turbo four-pot makes 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, which is said to get the A6 from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. That’s a full second slower than the A6 3.0T, so it’s a significant drop-off in performance. That 2.0 liter turbocharged engine will be paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as the 3.0T car and will get the same Quattro Ultra all-wheel drive. The reason for the entry-level model is that it will drop the starting price down to $54,100. That’s $4,800 cheaper than the $58,900 starting price of the Audi A6 3.0T. Though, despite its lower price, it’s not too down on standard kit.
To start, the Audi A6 2.0T will get LED headlights, three-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power front seats, leather seats, a leather-covered dashboard and lane departure warning as-standard. That’s not a bad standard equipment list. Packages have also been worked over a bit, putting certain items in new packages to make it a bit easier for customers. For instance, a heated steering wheel is now included in the Executive Package on Premium Plus models. That same Executive Package brings four-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, power trunk open/close and interior lighting package plus, which adds multicolor ambient light.
We’re not so sure that the Audi A6 2.0T is going to have enough power and performance to feel properly luxurious or premium, though. When $28,000 VW GTIs are taking your lunch money at traffic lights, you might be regretting buying the entry-level Audi A6. But if performance really isn’t something you care about, this new entry-level A6 will do you just fine.