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Audi A6 saloon - Reliability & safety

Five-star safety rating for the Audi A6, but owner satisfaction remains to be seen

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The latest Audi A6 is very clearly a high-quality machine, inside and out. Bristling with technology and endowed with smart looks, it appears to offer the complete package. However, a verdict on owner satisfaction will have to wait until it's faced the scrutiny of our annual Driver Power survey.

Audi A6 reliability

The reliability of the latest Audi A6 is very hard to predict; with an all-new range of engines incorporating sophisticated mild-hybrid technology, it's unwise to draw parallels between the latest version and its predecessor. Thanks to the results of our 2021 Driver Power survey, though, we can offer a snapshot of how customers rate their Audis on the whole.

In a survey that covered 29 brands, Audi finished 23rd overall, behind BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Lexus and Volvo. Buyers weren’t keen on the ride in their Audis, nor the lack of physical buttons, but the interiors as a whole were praised.

Just under 16% of owners reported at least one fault in the first year of ownership, rating build quality and reliability poorly.

Safety

As we've seen, the Audi A6 is awash with sensors and computers designed to make driving easier and safer, particularly the Tour package which incorporates active lane-keeping assistance and active cruise control. There's also a City Assist package, which adds the ability to detect traffic crossing your path ahead. The word 'package', though, gives the game away that much of this is optional equipment.

Despite some of the safety tech being optional rather than standard, the Audi A6 scored the full five stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP. It received 93% and 85% in the adult and child impact protection categories respectively, as well as a 76% score in the safety assist category.

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