2012 Audi A6 vs. Its Competition

2012 Audi A6 4-door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2012 Audi A6 earns kudos for its performance and features, even if we're way more smitten by the A7.

Other cars to consider include the edgy Benz E-Class, especially in its clean-diesel and V-8 forms, smart performers with better handling and available all-wheel drive.

The same's true for the latest BMW 5-Series, which got better looking last year, though some followers claim it's too big and cushy to follow in the 5er's legendary treads.

The Infiniti M is the fabulous looker of this pack; V-6 versions are a little too throaty for our tastes, but the rear-driver's handling is brilliant and its tech features equal those on the Audi.

On the domestic tip, the Chrysler 300 is an intriguing alternative, with arguably better handling than the A6, available all-wheel drive, and a smoking SRT8 performance version.

The Lincoln MKS is a bit more subdued, but still more distinctive than the A6 outside; interior space is better, safety's as good as it gets, and EcoBoost versions are incredibly quick, though handling is more typically American than any of these competitors.

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It's the same V-6 blast to drive as the far more sexy A7, which makes the 2012 Audi A6 a little irrelevant for those not fixated on five seats or four cylinders.
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Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun.
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The 2012 Lincoln MKS writes its own definition of luxury with great straight-line performance, quiet good looks, and a spacious interior.
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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
MSRP From    
$41,700$27,670N/A$41,500$49,800
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6N/AGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsLarge CarsN/ALarge CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan V6 RWDN/A4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD2-Door Coupe E350 RWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55N/A54
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sedan4-Door SedanN/A4 Door SedanCoupe
Transmission    
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/manual shiftN/AAutomaticAutomatic