Monday, 21 September 2020

2021 Audi S6 Review


2021 Audi S6


Packaged in a soberly styled four-door body, the 2021 Audi S6 is a stealthy sport sedan that won't be immediately noticed for its performance potential. 

Based on the 2021 A6 luxury sedan, the S6 heats things up with a 444-hp twin-turbocharged V-6, a performance-tuned suspension, and standard all-wheel drive. 

2021 Audi S6

It will keep up with the rivals such as the BMW M550i and the Mercedes-AMG E53 on a twisty road and also looks quite handsome pulling up to the valet stand on date night. 

Inside, the S6 offers the same space and features as the A6, so passengers will find plenty of space and amenities to make them comfy on long trips. Not slick looking enough for you? 

Audi also offers the mechanically similar S7, which features a racier fastback roofline—and the bonkers RS6 Avant station wagon, which is pumped up with even more power to go along with its increased utility.

2021 Audi S6

What's New for 2021?

The 2021 S6 now comes standard with 21-inch wheels with summer tires, Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display, and carbon fiber trim. The Premium Plus model's optional Executive package now includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

2021 Audi S6

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Upgrading to the Prestige model costs a little more but it unlocks a lot of the S6's best features, including a semi-autonomous driving mode, a head-up display, matrix-design LED headlamps, automatic high-beams, soft-close doors, a power-operated trunk lid, a leather-wrapped dashboard and center console, an in-cabin fragrance diffuser, and heated rear seats. 

I'd add the 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system and the cool night vision feature that helps identify animals and pedestrians in the dark.

2021 Audi S6

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

While the last-generation S6 was powered by a throaty 450-hp 4.0-liter V-8, the 2020 model comes with a more complex power-train. 

The standard 2.9-liter V-6 is twin-turbocharged and uses a 48-volt hybrid system to power an electric supercharger for additional boost. Altogether, the system pumps out a robust 444 horsepower. 

2021 Audi S6

An eight-speed automatic and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system are standard. Audi claims the car can leap to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds but I think that number is fairly conservative 

The S7—the S6's shapelier counterpart—manages to blast to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. On curvy roads, the S6 is a lovely partner especially with the optional rear-wheel-steering system.

2021 Audi S6

Fuel Economy

As expected, the S6's fuel economy has improved over the outgoing model's. 

The new car earned EPA estimated ratings of 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined—an increase of 2 mpg, 4 mpg, and 4 mpg, respectively, over the old V-8-powered S6.

2021 Audi S6

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Like that of the A6, the S6's interior serves to highlight Audi's tech-driven luxury ethos. The design is sleek and modern, highlighted by fine materials, soft leather, and genuine wood trim. 

2021 Audi S6

Four-zone automatic climate control is standard, as are a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, adjustable ambient lighting, diamond-stitched leather upholstery, and 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats.

2021 Audi S6

Going with the top-spec Prestige model adds the Extended Leather package, which wraps the dashboard, armrests, and center console in supple leather. 

I expect it will hold the same amount of stuff as the 2021 A6—that is, six carry-on suitcases inside the trunk and a total of 20 cases with the rear seats folded.

2021 Audi S6

Infotainment and Connectivity

The S6's dashboard is dominated by digital displays. The main 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen rests above a secondary 8.6-inch display. 

The upper screen handles functions such as navigation, audio controls, and other entertainment features while the lower one provides access to vehicle settings, climate control, and the like. 

All S6 models come standard with Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are also included.

2021 Audi S6

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

While neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have tested the 2020 S6 at the time of writing this post but they both have tested the A6, and it passed with flying colors. 

In fact, IIHS named the A6 to its Top Safety Pick+ list for 2020 because of its available driver-assistance features. Those same features are offered on the S6, too. 

2021 Audi S6

Key safety features include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •  Standard lane-departure warning
  •  Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
  • 2021 Audi S6

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

If Audi's standard warranty seems a little basic, that's because is it. Rivals such as the BMW 8-series Gran Coupe and the two-door Lexus LC offer more value in the form of a longer complimentary scheduled maintenance program or power-train warranty.

  •  Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Power-train warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles.
  • 2021 Audi S6


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