Audi A6 hybrid reliability & safety
Audi hasn't performed as well as you might expect for reliability of late, but the A6 TFSI e should be a very safe car
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Audi has a reputation for building solid cars and the A6 feels like it follows that tradition, save for a slight build-quality issue on our test car involving rattly trim. Our anecdotal evidence isn't necessarily backed up by that of owners, however, at least according to the latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey.
The brand finished 21st overall out of 30 manufacturers in the 2020 edition of the survey, with rather incongruously low scores for build quality and reliability, as well as ride quality and steering. Still, Audi managed to beat both BMW (27th) and Mercedes (28th) overall.
Audi A6 hybrid reliability & problems
The 2020 Driver Power survey also tracked the average share of owners of each brand who reported a fault with their car. Audi scored disappointingly high here, with exactly a fifth of owners experiencing a problem of some sort. However, the bulk of Audi-owning respondents to the survey were SUV drivers, so there's no exact data for the A6 saloon.
Standard active safety kit includes Audi's 'Pre-Sense' autonomous emergency braking system, lane-departure warning, cruise control with a speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. This standard set of features applies until you get to Vorsprung trim, which adds the Tour Pack. This brings adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition and something called 'Park Assistant Plus', which can search for – and park automatically in – a space.
The 'City Assist' pack is also added, which adds lane-keeping assistance, extended Audi Pre-Sense features and cross-traffic alerts to help when pulling out of junctions. Needless to say that with all of these features fitted, the A6 becomes one of the most technologically advanced executive saloons around.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAudi was late to the plug-in hybrid party with its A6 50 TFSI e, but it's a decent enough crack at a tax-efficient large company car
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Audi A6 50 TFSI e is efficient, but its electric range isn't quite as long as rivals'
- 3Running costsThe Audi A6 50 TFSI e makes most sense as a company car – the running-costs savings elsewhere are less impressive
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe A6 TFSI e is a smooth, refined and powerful saloon car, but it's not as engaging to drive as its BMW 530e rival
- 5Interior & comfortInside, the Audi A6 TFSI is large, comfortable and spacious, plus it has a great infotainment system
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Audi A6 TFSI e is big enough inside to seat four adults in supreme comfort, but boot space is less than in the purely petrol or diesel versions
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingAudi hasn't performed as well as you might expect for reliability of late, but the A6 TFSI e should be a very safe car