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Both Quattro all-wheel drive and turbocharged power make the Audi A6 an enjoyable car to drive, those factors alone aren’t enough in 2023. However, when considering everything else, the 2023 Audi A6 is one of the best luxury cars you’ll find. High safety ratings, and an excellent interior pair with an outstanding powertrain to make the A6 a must-see luxury sedan in 2023.

The current Audi A6 is one of the best new luxury cars for safety
2023 Audi A6 | Audi

The Audi A6 combines luxury and safety

In addition to its spacious interior, the 2023 Audi A6 is one of the best luxury cars in the latest IIHS safety testing. With an overall Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the A6 outranks models like the Lexus ES and even Genesis G80.

Not only does the Audi match those models in crash testing, but its headlights are above average, helping improve nighttime visibility. Only models with projector LED high beams scored less than perfect in headlight testing. And even those were just one mark away from the top score.

A host of premium safety technology in the A6

Audi A6 from the rear
2023 Audi A6 | Audi

Helping make the Audi A6 among the best luxury cars for safety is the host of advanced safety tech. Forward collision warning and automated braking with pedestrian detection are standard kit in the A6 lineup. Even better, both systems earn top marks in IIHS testing, putting them ahead of those in the Genesis G80.

Furthermore, the A6 scores well in pedestrian collision avoidance for all categories. In both crossing adult and crossing child tests, the vehicle is able to avoid collisions altogether. At worst, impact speeds were reduced to just 1 mph.

In tests where the pedestrian is walking with traffic, rather than across it, the Audi sedan can reduce speed from 37 mph to 1 mph before impact. Below that speed, the car can avoid the collision altogether.

Some missing safety features in the Audi A6

Unfortunately, the aging Audi A6 is missing a few premium tech features when compared to its contemporaries. While models like the G80 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class offer semi-autonomous drive modes, the A6 has yet to incorporate that tech.

While those systems aren’t a substitute for attentive driving, the can allow the driver to be more focused on the road ahead rather than the minute tasks of driving. Still, adaptive cruise control and active lane keep assist help keep the Audi in the conversation for best luxury car.

German performance sedans consistently rank near the top

Interior of the Audi A6
Audi A6 interior | Audi

When talking premium luxury cars and safety, the Germans have always ranked near the top of the list. Truthfully, all cars are pretty good these days, even those from non-luxury brands. But models like the Audi A6 and its competitors have to keep pushing the technology envelope to remain the best luxury brands. In this way, it is an arms race from which we can all benefit.

While the current Audi A6 may be in its final year, it still remains one of the best luxury cars around, both for comfort and safety.

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