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2020 Audi S6 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Akash Shrivastav Content Writer Updated on: November 27, 2019


It's hard to tell why Audi has a romantic relationship with dark interiors for all S badged wheels. Inheriting values and customs from the elder member in the family, the 2020 Audi S6 sedan shares its DNA with the Audi A6 sedan. Developed with a new engine although the S6 is a new machine when on the road. A specially designed differential for best torque delivery when needed and its sporty dynamics make the S6 a promising sedan in 2020. 

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Pros

Produces more torque than the previous version

Cheaper than the competitor M550i

Cons

Less power output than the previous version

What's New?

New 2.9 liter V6 engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$73900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

444 hp

torque

443 lbs.-ft.

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.2/63.7

dimensions

wheelbase

115.1 in.

length

194.4 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

57.4 in.

curb weight

4486 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

13.7 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18//28 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Audi S6 Right Side View  2020 Audi S6 Front View  2020 Audi S6 3 Quarter View  2020 Audi S6 Right Side View  2020 Audi S6 3 Quarter View
Interior
 2020 Audi S6 Cockpit Area  2020 Audi S6 Rear Seats  2020 Audi S6 Front Seats  2020 Audi S6 Cockpit Area  2020 Audi S6 Rear Seats

Styles

 2020 Audi S6 in Avalon green metalic color  2020 Audi S6 in Brilliant Black color  2020 Audi S6 in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2020 Audi S6 in Firmament Blue Metallic color  2020 Audi S6 in Florett Silver Metallic color
Avalon green metalic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Audi S6 Premium

Premium

power
444hp
fuel
Gas/ Electric/hybrid
mpg
24 combined

$73,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.9T Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $73,900 MSRP (18/24/28) 444hp, 2.9 L, V-6, Gas/ Electric/hybrid
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Available in two trim options, the S6 is priced between $73,900 and $78,795 and comes with 7 package options. Enough to soothe the enthusiast in you, the S6 provides tremendous customizable options both in terms or styling and engineering. 

2020 Audi S6 Sedan Front View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Front View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Audi S6 Features

8.0/10

Born and brought up with Audi’s blood and sweat, the S6 is the makeover, all grownup version of the Audi A6 sedan. Planted with an all-new engine under the hood, the 2020 Audi S6 is derived from the C8 generation Audi A6. Sports sedan with brains of an elephant and heart of a greyhound, the S6 is a performer in true sense. Available in two trim levels, the 2020 S6 faces competition with the likes of the BMW M550i and Lexus LS500. 

Trims 

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Prestige Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan

Price

$73,900

$78,795

Key Features

Matrix-design headlights with high-beam assist

HD Matrix-design headlights with dynamic DRLs and high-beam assist

 

Singleframe grille with platinum double slats

Head-up display with navigation systems information

 

Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System with 16 speakers, 15-channel amplifier and 705 watts

Adaptive Cruise Assist with Traffic jam assist and Predictive Efficiency assist

 

Four-zone automatic climate control

Contour/Ambient LED interior lighting package—multicolor

We recommend

A recommendation is easy, what’s difficult is to come in verse with the fact that Audi has decided to downgrade the power of the S6 by a few degrees. But what's alluring is that you get more torque now out of the new engine. To spice up the recipe, Audi is also providing 7 different packages. Out of the two trims available for the 2020 Audi S6 sports sedan, we recommend the 2.9T Premium Plus variant. Couple the trim with driver assistance package and S Sports package for advanced driving dynamics. 

2020 Audi S6 Engine

7.0/10

Not to brag about german automobiles, Audi has marked its name in the market for performance and brilliance in manufacturing quality. If asked to run, the 2020 S6 literally glides off the tarmac with its uber-powerful V6 heart pumping enough energy to play a hysterical satire on gods of speed. To put power into perspective, the total horsepower produced by the 2020 Audi S6 sports sedan is about 444 hp.

2020 Audi S6 Sedan Engine Bay
the 2020 Audi S6 sports sedan produced 444 hp.

Total torque produced by this engine is 443 lbs./ft. The mere difference in the horsepower produced and the torque of the engine resulting in brilliant cruising dynamics for the sedan which is further intensified with adaptive suspensions and with well-distributed weight ratio. 

Models

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 

2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

MSRP

$73,900

$76,650

$78,670

Engine

2.9-liter V-6 (premium)

4.4-liter V-8 (premium)

3.5-liter V-6 (premium)

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

444hp

523 hp

416 hp

Torque

443 lbs./ft.

553 lbs./ft.

442 lbs./ft.

Experiencing a new V6 engine behind the chrome grille in the front, the Quattro all-wheel drive train of the S6 comes with an S sports package that adds sports differential and a dynamic steering system to the folio enhancing the performance to newer grounds. This specially-engineered differential shares the power to the wheel with least traction while taking a turn keeping the performance top-notch. This engine creates a shorter path for the exhaust gases to move out of the system with minimal lag. An electronic compressor powered by a 48 V MHEV system further helps the exhaust gases to move faster and help avoid turbo lag. To sweeten the deal up a ladder, the sports package also adds a symphonic exhaust track to the system which proves to be a drug among motorheads.

Acceleration 

4.4 seconds to 60 is not a bad number we presume. Enough to scratch gravel off the surface, the tremendous torque producing sedan S6 gives the much required initial push to the wheels.

2020 Audi S6 Sedan Front View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan 0-60 is 4.4 sec

Cruising high or low, the pedal will always respond with monstrous extrovertism while keeping the sanity alive within the cabin. 

Models

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 

2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

12.1 sec

13.7 sec

Engine

2.9-liter V-6 (premium)

4.4-liter V-8 (premium)

3.5-liter V-6 (premium)

Emission (g/km of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

 

8.8

6.3

It's not just the speed that admires the adrenaline in you, the engine speaks its volume with guts and glory keeping the enthusiasm settle with grace. Brilliant exhaust track through the chrome tip keeps the codrivers looking at the machine while it waves goodbye with grace and gut all at once.

Ride and Handling

Differential like no other, power to weight ratio of a typical sports car, the 2020 Audi S6 is no aluminum box on four wheels. It rides like a gem, drives like a dove and revs like a lion. Not referencing to its rival in the segment, the ‘cheetah’ of the race, BMW M550i, the Audi S6 is value for money in true sense. The 2.9 liter Biturbo V6 creates a shorter path for the exhaust gases to move out of the system giving an upper edge to the performance of the turbochargers. 

2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear View

Better mechanics lead to better handling and a perfect ride comes as a compliment. 

At any given point of time during a drive, it's almost a cakewalk to maneuver the sedan through curves and corners. Enough power through the engine makes sure to never keep you waiting while overtaking a fellow car guy on the motorway.

Braking

“Hold on to me as we go” are pleasing lyrics from a song that speaks about freedom and joy. Trust us as we say this, the brake pedals actually turned into a Pixar character and said this to us. With a stopping distance of 107 ft., the 2020 Audi S6 sports sedan stops like a pro even in the worst of driving conditions

2020 Audi S6 Sedan Brakes
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Front Brakes 15.7 in.

An additional ‘black optics package’ adds wider summer tires under the body enhancing the joy up to many folds. 

Models

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 

2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

N/A

14

Brake Rear (in.)

14

N/A

13.1

Curb Weight

4497

4266

4905

60-0 mph 

107 ft.

N/A

110 ft.

2020 Audi S6 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Although Audi has not yet disclosed the economy for the 2020 S6 sedan but we can expect it to be between 15-18 miles per gallon in the city traffic. A powerful engine drives the sedan with precision but consumes fuel at a faster rate.

Model

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 

2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

MPG (City) m/g

18

16

18

MPG (Combined) m/g

23.5

19

21

MPG (Highway) m/g

28

25

27

2020 Audi S6 Interior

Audis are in love with the all black interiors for its S badged cars. For the 2020 S6, Audi has followed the tradition religiously. Chrome touches all along the cabin add to the premium appeal of the sedan. Sporty steering with the touch panel at the center is a welcoming environment with features such as infotainment controls on the steering and heads up display. Contrasting stitches add a flair of sportiness to the cabin making its a religious conscious of the S tribe. Two upholstery options give you an option in how you want your S6 to look like. The standard package comes with a combination of leather and Alcantara. You can also get the Valcona leather for the upholstery for a few extra bucks. This package lets you get rid of the usual black surrounding and keeps the quirk alive. 

Standard brushed aluminum trim on the dash, center console, and door panels complete the overall look and feel of the interiors in the S6 sedan. You can customize it too and get the console in fine grain ash wood. Look down and you will notice pedals made out of stainless steel. You can get a flat-bottom steering wheel too if you wish to pay a little extra.

Seating and Comfort

5 people fit like a charm in the 2020 Audi S6 sport sedan. Enough headroom to squeeze the tallest of the commuter, the sedan is a comfort machine for both city commute and long cruising. Most of its dimension specs are inherited from the A6 sedan. Although, a few tweaks to the design has added a few inches to both headroom and legroom.

2020 Audi S6 Sedan Seating

14-way adjustable sporty seats for both the front row passengers with memory function adds to the comfort. Lumbar support and an armrest for both front and back rows are welcoming features as well. 

Model

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 

2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (in.) Head room

37.2

38.8

37.3

Front (in.) Shoulder room

57.5

58.7

58.8

Front (in.) Leg room

41.3

41.4

41

Rear (in.) Head room

37.8

37.5

37.3

Rear (in.) Shoulder room

56.3

55.9

56.4

Rear (in.) Leg room

37.4

36.5

38.9

Infotainment

2020 Audi S6 Sedan Infotainment System

  •  SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • 17 Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • 1300W premium amplifier
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Head-up display
  • Ambient lighting
  • Rear reading lights
  • Digital/analog display

Cargo Capacity

Most of us will agree, the A6 never had the plushest of the cargo space. The same cargo has been inherited for the S6. Giving the least cargo space among most of its competitors, space is enough for running errands from a flea market but could be a pain on longer drives. With a capacity to fix up to 5 standard size bags in the trunk, the 2020 Audi S6 is good enough for your needs but not for your desires. 

Model

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 

2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

14.1

14.5

16.9

Interior Features

  • Leather upholstery
  • Audi connect 4G LTE internet access
  • Smart device integration
  • 14-way adjustable seats with memory function
  • Front center armrest with storage
  • Rear bench seat
  • Leather dashboard
  • Full cloth headliner
  • Driver thigh support
  • Metallic interior accents
  • Genuine wood/metal-look console insert
  • Driver/passenger lumbar support
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Interior
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Interior
2020 Audi S6 Sedan dashboard
2020 Audi S6 Sedan dashboard
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Infotainment System
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Infotainment System
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Front seats
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Steering wheel
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Steering wheel

2020 Audi S6 Exterior

7.0/10

Magically fixed out of the A6 sedan, the 2020 Audi S6 Sedan brings a few new tweaks to the exteriors. The most prominent of which is the new grille in the front. The new grille features wider elements with sharper edges. The grille features a Honeycomb maze attire which was not present even in the RS variants. More angular and slimmer headlamps look straight in the eye with its bold and aggressive styling. Adhering true to its philosophies, Audi has kept the S6 sedan pretty feature less on the sides. A character line flows through the B-pillar and touches the rear lamps giving it a bit angular fascia. Move towards the hump and you will notice styling similar to that of the A6. A chrome strip defines the character of the sedan and holds the center point in its rear profile. Hugging them are the two slim LED tail lamps with indicators. Twin chrome double exhaust completes the folio with much precision and simplicity making the sedan look sporty and aggressive while keeping the Audi design language true to its name.

Dimension and Weight

Definitely not the heaviest of them all among competitors, the S6 sedan weighs enough to feel planted and peppy on the road.

2020 Audi S6 Sedan Top View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan most prominent of which is the new grille in the front

Standing a few inches lower than its competitors, the S6 looks plush and also presents more than enough room in the cabin. 

Model

2020 Audi S6 2.9T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 

2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

Curb weight (lbs.)

4497

4266

4905

Length(in)

194.4

194.6

206.1

Width(in)

73.8

73.5

74.8

Height(in)

56.8

58.4

57.9

Ground clearance 

7.3

5.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

114.8

117.1

123

Track width (in) F/R

63.6/63.2

63.1/64.2

64.2/64.4

Exterior Features

The exterior features of the 2020 Audi S6 sedan include:

  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Power remote side-view door mirror
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Power open and close trunk
  • Chrome grille
2020 Audi S6 Sedan  Front head lights
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Front head lights
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear light
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear light
2020 Audi S6 Sedan 3rd Quarter view
2020 Audi S6 Sedan 3rd Quarter view
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Side view
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Side view
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear View
2020 Audi S6 Sedan Rear View

2020 Audi S6 Safety

7.0/10

Safety features of the 2020 Audi S6 sedan include:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Adjustable front head restraints
  • Break-resistant glass
  • Traction control
  • Audi pre sense front Forward collision mitigation
  • Immobilizer
  • Forward collision warning

 

2020 Audi S6 Competition

2020 Audi S6 Sedan VS 2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan

Standing tall on its brand language, Audi has turned the S6 into a well stocked super machine of utmost capability. With the new engine in place, the sedan has adhered to being both sporty and plush in the same body. Grabbing each and every power mark on the way, the 2020 Audi S6 has eradicated the line between its competitor, the BMW M550i. Parked head to head, the two sedans are yet equal rivals to each other. With over $6000 difference is pricing, the M550i is costlier and hosts a powerful V8 engine. The difference of almost 100 hp and 100 lbs./ft. torque, gives the M550i an upper edge in terms of power delivery. If you are looking for enough power to keep your heart pumping with pleasure and that too in a budget, the S6 proves to be a great option. M550i comes with its own capabilities but also has costlier pricing. 

2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan
2020 BMW M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan

2020 Audi S6 Sedan VS 2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

When edges and lines meet, the aesthetics are somewhat unnatural. Park the Lexus sideways and you will notice stark design elements differentiating it with the 2020 Audi S6. Costliest of the lot, the Lexus LS500 also has the least power delivery of them all. Hosting a V6 engine just like the S6, the LS500 has similar features too but demands strong brand loyalty to be the sedan of choice here. The LS500 is also not the most fuel-conscious sedan here and loses a lot of numbers due to its lacking engineering. The 2020 Audi S6 sedan is a clear winner here and holds the mark to be well priced and generously engineered for power and comfort. 

2020 Lexus LS500 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 
2020 Lexus LS500 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

 

2020 Audi S6 Final Verdict

With more than enough options available in terms of external packages, generous power outputs and an interior to comfort you in the worst of days, the S6 is an all rounder in the field. It doesn't shy away on corners, zoom past the traffic with confidence and ease and holds the 4 ring badge on its nose. Best pricing and the trust of the A6 makes the S6 a strong player in the sports sedan market.