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The 2011 Audi A6, available as either a four-door sedan or a five-door wagon. It returns for the 2011 model year before being replaced by a new version for 2012.

We love the driving dynamics of Audi's A6 series, but we're less than impressed with the "gaping maw" styling of the A6's front end, the plain and cluttered interior and it's lack of room compared to the competition. It scores well enough in safety tests, though, so we're giving the outgoing Audi A6 a score of 7 at FamilyCarGuide.

The NHTSA has not yet rated the 2011 Audi A6 according to its latest crash test standards. Since the 2011 Audi A6 is the last year of the current version, it's unlikely we'll see NHTSA crash test results until the 2012 Audi A6 is tested. In IIHS testing, the Audi A6 scored "good" in frontal offset and side impact crash testing, and "average" in roof strength testing. All A6 models come with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, active head restraints, front side airbags and full-length curtain airbags. The list of optional safety equipment, or safety features available on higher models, includes rear side airbags, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and a blind-spot detection system.

The 2011 Audi A6 is elegant and agile, although its cabin design is looking somewhat dated.

All A6 models feature a comfortable, if not spacious, interior. The A6 is noticeably narrower than competitors such as the Infiniti M series or BMW's 5-Series, and it's really not that much larger inside than Audi's own A4. Front seats are on the firm side, and they lack the sculpted appeal of seating in competitive vehicles. The A6's narrow width means that the rear seat fits two adults comfortably, although three children shouldn't pose a seating challenge. Fit and finish is up to Audi's usual standards, and the quality of materials used is impressive. Still, there's less wood trim than there used to be, which makes us feel like Audi is needlessly pinching pennies on the A6.

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