AUDI A6 C7 – Buying a new machine, the latest model on the market is a very nice thing that many people want. However, you may not always be able to buy a new machine, and the reasons are different. A new car loses a lot in the price right from day one, for example. To fill this strong desire to have the latest model you can choose a used car. In fact, in this article, we would give the example of the Audi A6 C7 which is still in production today.
What do we think of AUDI A6 C7 2011-2018?
It is already the seventh generation of the model. Production of the Audi A6 C7 began in 2011 and had been restyled in 2014. The design is very modern. The aesthetics will still be relevant for many years as it has surpassed its time at the beginning of production. The only thing that someone might consider as a disadvantage is the lack of individuality. For a non-expert, it will be quite challenging to distinguish this model from another of the same brand and production period. Compared to its predecessor Audi A6 C6, the new model has grown slightly. Thanks to the widespread use of aluminum, the car has become lighter. Today, for a specimen with about 100,000 km you have to pay less than for a new one. The Audi A6 C7 can be characterized as a very technological car.
On the second-hand market, there are numerous well equipped and relatively reasonable prices. But let’s see if it makes sense to buy a used Audi A6 C7. On this car, being recent, there are not reliable enough statistics to show the most widespread problems. In this article, we will refer to some examples that we know with different engines and mileages between 100,000 km (62,137 miles) and 215,000 km (133,594 miles).
You may be surprised, but the interiors do not show any signs of wear. It confirms the high quality of the materials used. Even the steering wheel has remained without marks, and the skin is still in perfect condition. In general, the interiors are almost like new; there is no noise, the assembly is of high quality and also excellent materials. The wood or aluminum inserts are beautiful and well combined. The driver’s seat, the materials, and the various features are just a little different from the larger Audi A8.
Initially, it seems difficult to understand how to use all the buttons and options, but after a short while, you know the logic of the whole. After getting used to it, all becomes very comfortable and useful. When the engine is switched on, the multimedia screen opens and closes when the engine is switched off. The MMI (Multi Media Interface) multimedia system is very convenient and useful. Depending on the MMI version, you can have a rotating washer or touchpad to control your media system. Lovers of gadgets will be pleased with the many possibilities offered.
The audio system will also be very satisfying, especially in the Bang & Olufsen version, which was very expensive as an optional extra. On board, you can watch movies and even work as the system can be connected to the Internet via SIM card. The Internet can also be transmitted to multiple devices at the same time. Suspensions can be described as a bit stiff, but they are still more comfortable than the BMW 5 Series F10. When compared to BMW, the Audi A6 C7 is less precise in driving, but still behaves very well on the road. The situation is much better in four-wheel drive versions, especially on wet roads or snow. There are also versions with adaptive suspensions, which offer exceptional comfort and do not cause any deformation of the way.
It’s hard to talk about the reliability of the Audi A6 C7 because it’s a relatively young car and you can’t make reliable and complete statistics. So far, there have been no problems with electronics on some samples, LED lighting and premature wear of many suspension elements.
The manual transmission is very reliable. Automatic gearboxes are divided into standard Tiptronic automatic gearboxes and S-Tronic robotic gearboxes. Both have excellent functioning. They are fast and inexpensive. Reliability up to 100,000 km (62,137 miles) is not a problem. The Tiptronic gearbox is better at higher mileage. The standard automatic transmission is more durable and durable. Four four-wheel drive runs very well and is quite reliable. It will not often give rise to problems, but it is not immortal. When the repair time comes, it will be more expensive than the standard front wheel drive.
As we have already said, the classical suspensions are subject to premature wear of some elements. Adaptive suspensions are very reliable and up to 100,000 km (62,137 miles) without any problems. Removals of the latter after 100,000 (62,137 miles) show that vital details are still in an ideal state and will last for many kilometers. Unfortunately, they will not be immortal, and after 200-250,000 km (124,274 – 155,342 miles) the essential elements will have to be repaired or replaced at very high cost. The Audi A6 C7 quickly consumes both brake pads and brake discs. Already at 40,000 km (24,854), you may need to change both brake pads and brake discs. Around 100,000 km (62,137 miles) it may be necessary to replace many vital elements of the braking system and the price could be up to 1500 euro ($1,765).
- 1.8 TFSI ultra – 190 cv, 320 Nm, 233 km/h , 0 to 100 km/h: 7.9 s, 13.0 km/l;
- 1.8 TFSI S-tronic – 190 cv, 280 Nm, 240 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 7.7 s, 13.5 km/l;
- 2.0 TFSI – 252 cv, 370 Nm , 250 km/h 0 to 100 km/h: 6.7 s, 15.4 km/l;
- 2.0 TFSI Multitronic – 252 cv, 370 Nm, 250 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h 6.7 s, 15.4 km/l;
- 3.0 TFSI V6 Quattro S-tronic – 333 cv, 440 Nm, 250 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 5.1 s, 12.5 km/l;
- 4.0 TFSI V8 Quattro Tiptronic (RS 6) – 560 cv, 700 Nm, 250 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 3.9 s, 12.5 km/l;
- 4.0 TFSI V8 Quattro S-tronic (S 6) – 450 cv, 550 Nm, 250 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 4.4 s, 10.5 km/l;
AUDI A6 C7 Diesel engines are:
- 2.0 TDI ultra – 150 cv, 350 Nm, 214 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 9.5 s20 km/l;
- 2.0 TDI ultra S-tronic – 190 cv, 400 Nm, 232 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 8.2 s, 20 km/l;
- 3.0 TDI V6 S-tronic – 218 cv, 400 Nm, 244 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 7.1 s, 18.9 km/l;
- 3.0 TDI V6 Quattro S-tronic – 272 cv, 580 Nm, 250 km/h, 5.5 s, 19.6 km/l;
- 3.0 TDI V6 Quattro Tiptronic – 320 cv, 650 Nm, 250 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 5.0 s, 15.9 km/l;
AUDI A6 C7 Hybrid versions
- 3.0 TDI V6 Competition Quattro Tiptronic – 326 cv, 650 Nm, 250 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 4.9 s, 16.1 km/l;
Diesel engines are the most popular in Europe, especially the 3.0 TDI engine. Diesel engines are relatively quiet. They don’t feel inside and even from outside it is hard to distinguish it from gasoline. The 2.0 TDI is quite reliable. Up to 100,000 km (62,137 miles) will give no problem. It is quite high-performance and also cheap. With normal driving you have an average consumption of 6 l/100 km. It’s a bit noisy cold then it becomes quieter.
At more considerable mileages (approx. 150-200,000 mileage) the double-layer metal seal may break. You will understand that this happened when the engine starts to make loud noises as if there were a sports exhaust. To repair everything will cost about 350/400 euros. The 3.0 TDI is an engine with excellent performance that gives a good boost at any speed. Because of the high torque and therefore the great effort on the automatic transmission, the latter can occasionally be hit. It can have problems with distribution, injection system and manifolds. Consumption ranges from 8 to 11.5 liters of average fuel consumption depending on the driving mode. Gasoline engines are less widespread and are usually used to travel a few kilometers. For now, there are no known particular problems.
If you want to buy a used Audi A6 C7, it may have had a great idea. The car aesthetically and in the interior is lovely, thanks to the high quality of the materials and assembly, and does not differ from a new specimen. However, the risk lies in the complexity of the vehicle. For now, everything is fine, but in a few years time, it could start to cause problems and repair costs will almost certainly not below.
We recommend a car with a maximum mileage of about 100,000 km
The risk is rewarded by enormous pleasure and comfort. It’s a German premium car that will make you fall in love without a doubt. We recommend a car with a maximum mileage of about 100,000 km. A stain will thus be as new aesthetically and can still travel many kilometers without giving great problems. Also, it will cost half of an identical but new one.
For extra-urban usage
If you have to do many kilometers and predominantly in extra-urban take one of the diesel engines 2.0 TDI or 3.0 TDI. They are both excellent and the choice will have to be made according to power requirements. If you do a few kilometers and predominantly in the city, take one of the petrol engines. The 2.0 TFSI engine is a good compromise between power and fuel consumption. I recommend samples with manual or automatic transmission classic Tiptronic. But the most important thing is to choose a specimen in good general condition.
“The Audi A 6 is the best car I’ve ever owned!”
“We love to drive this car. It’s a rocket, getting 40 to 42 MPG on the highway. Beautiful interior, quiet.”
“Phenomenal mid-size luxury car! All of the benefits of the old, large V8 engines that used to be in the luxury cars, without any drawbacks. Not only do I get smooth power basically anywhere in the powerband, but I get exceptional fuel economy if I am cruising on the highway. The supercharger allows for the immediacy of power, which is essential for drama-free passing on the highway, and it also allows for quiet, efficient cruising. With a light foot, I have had the car exceed 38 mpg, with normal highway cruising returning ~30 mpg. I mean seriously, it feels like a crime having both power and efficiency.”
“I lease a 2014 Audi a6. the car sits in my heated garage from December to April. I leased the car in May and during the first winter, the brake pads froze to the rotors. When I tried to move the car in the Spring I had to run the motor to break them loose. the Audi dealership said the only solution was to replace the rotors and I only had 13,000 miles. I had the rotors turned into a local shop and this lasted for 4 months before the rotors were again corroded. At this point I no choice but to replace the rotors and Audi was no help. they said it was normal wear and tear. The dealership was very helpful in covering some of the costs but Audi covered nothing. Thin twice about a new Audi.”
“Great technology when everything works which is not always the case. This vehicle has every electronic and convenience option available in 014. The brakes have an annoying, very aggravating and obvious chatter or shutter when applied at speeds above 35 mph since 3000 from delivery. Complaints to the dealer resulted in a polite explanation that the brakes are safe and I just have to live with the shuttering as they are not able to cure it under the factory or extended warranty I purchased with the car. For a chance to rid the car of this birth defect they say I will have to pay for replacement rotors and pads.
Aside from the inconvenience of taking it in between scheduled maintenance visits I am otherwise ok with the A6 although several nonlife-threatening electronic system failures were cured each time by the dealer’s service department under warranty. Unfortunately, because the brake chattering issue tarnishes the driving experience every time I get behind the wheel and dealers unwillingness or inability to cure it under the warranty, I would not purchase another car from this manufacturer. While I own it I will keep asking them to address the brake issue each time I have it serviced. Maybe someday they will have a change of heart then perhaps, so will I.”
“My biggest complaint is the horribly incessant brake squeal. At 9200 miles I have already had the car in 3 times for this repair. First, it was brake dust and I need to slam on the ABS to clear it. Seriously on $65k “German Engineered” car? The next time it has we scored the pads and added no squeal. When I dropped it off this time I said I don’t want it back until it’s fixed.”
2014 Audi A6 2.0T Premium Plus 4dr Car Prices:
- $16,718 Dealer Retails
- $14,126 Private Party