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When it comes to German luxury sport sedans, the Audi S6 is the best of both worlds. Typically, the BMW 5-Series is the most competent in a corner, the Mercedes E-Class is the most opulent and cushy, and the Audi is an excellent combination of the two competitors.

Given Audi is a well-known representative of the Goldilocks zone, it’s unsurprising that the fifth-generation S6 continues this trend. In fact, Edmunds was so impressed with the S6 that they only reported one weak point. 

A gray 2023 Audi S6 driving down an open road.
2023 Audi S6 | Audi

What’s good about 2023 Audi S6?

Most potential owners are looking for luxury and performance when buying a luxury sports sedan. Edmunds reports the Audi S6 performs admirably in both categories.

They gave the S6 an 8.5/10 in both categories, but did identify comfort as having the edge over performance. And because we are talking about a 4,400 lb sedan, that’s not a bad thing.

As for said performance, the 2023 S6 has a 2.9L V6 making 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That is the very same V6 found in the Audi RS5 and Porsche Macan GTS. In the S6, it’s good for a solid 4.3-second sprint to 60 mph and provides a nice kick to the chest when you put your foot down on the highway.

Despite its weight, Edmunds reports the steering to be light but precise, even on a twisty road. Is it the ultimate canyon car? Not in the slightest, but if you find yourself on a canyon road, it’ll still put a little smile on your face.

Regarding comfort, Edmunds reports the seats to be sublime, making it a proper continent crusher even with the less adjustable sports seats. Perhaps the least surprising when it comes to the S6 experience is the quality of the interior materials. In the last decade, Audi has consistently produced such high-quality interiors that automotive journalists often call good interiors “Audi-like.” 

The weak spot in a 2023 Audi S6

The lowest score the S6 received was a 7/10 for storage. Ultimately, this critique is more about the lack of cabin storage for the front seats than trunk size, but the 13.7 cu-ft of space in the boot is also a factor.

Unsurprisingly, the Audi falls between the E-Class’ 13.1 cu-ft and the whopping 18.7 cu-ft the 5-Series allows. Storage is tough for sedans given the limitations of their shape (which is why wagons should make a comeback). But that said, it falls five cu-ft short of one of its biggest competitors and 1.4 cu-ft short of the less luxurious Toyota Camry’s 15.1 cu-ft.

Storage aside, Edmunds reports the infotainment system to be somewhat confusing. Though the climate and media controls are easy to operate, some functions are buried in the touchscreen too many layers deep. Unfortunately, unlike its hard button having little brother, the S4, the S6 has two levels of screen that control nearly all center screen functions. Thankfully, Edmunds reports the rest of the tech in the S6 to be quite good, giving it a 9/10.

Is this luxury car the perfect all-arounder?

The S6 definitely has flaws; it only gets 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, it starts at $73,700, and it doesn’t have as much storage as many would like, but it does so much simultaneously. It’s fast, handles sharp, and rides like a dream, all while enveloping you in top-notch materials and some of the best build quality Germany has to offer—at least at the moment. 


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