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Audi A6 vs. Audi S3

In comparing the Audi A6 to the Audi S3, the Audi A6 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency and interior volume. The Audi S3 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and base engine power. The Audi A6 and Audi S3 have the same overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Audi A6 versus the Audi S3, the Audi S3 is a better car than the Audi A6.

Audi A6 versus Audi S3 Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Audi A6 ranges from $35,992 to $52,995 while a used Audi S3 from the same model year range is priced between $35,274 to $45,989. For a new model, the Audi A6's price is between $60,183 and $74,887, with the Audi S3 priced between $49,287 and $59,549.

Audi A6 versus Audi S3 Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi A6 and Audi S3 is 8.4 out of 10. This results in the Audi A6 being ranked 3 out of 8 Best Luxury Midsize Cars for the Money and the Audi S3 being ranked 10 out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Audi A6’s base engine makes 261 horsepower, and the Audi S3 base engine makes 306 horsepower. The A6 is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 598 miles. The S3 is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 464 miles. Both models use premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Audi A6, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Audi A6 and the Audi S3 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Audi A6 has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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Pricing

New Asking Price:

$60,183 - $74,887

Used Asking Price:

$35,992 - $52,995

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

58.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$49,287 - $59,549

Used Asking Price:

$35,274 - $45,989

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

6.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

6.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 29
5 / 29

iSeeCars Rankings

10 / 39
19 / 39

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

quattro Premium 45 TFSI, quattro Premium Plus 45 TFSI, quattro Premium 55 TFSI, quattro Premium Plus 55 TFSI, quattro Prestige 55 TFSI

Trim Levels

2.0T quattro Premium, 2.0T quattro Premium Plus, 2.0T quattro Prestige

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

261 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

273 foot-lbs @ 1600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.064 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

306 hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque:

295 foot-lbs @ 1900 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.087 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 31 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

463 / 598 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

23 / 32 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

334 / 464 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.5 inches

Cargo Space:

13.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

99.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

36.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

8.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

86.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4101 lbs

Width:

83.1 inches

Height:

57.4 inches

Length:

194.4 inches

Wheelbase:

115.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3527 lbs

Width:

78.1 inches

Height:

55.7 inches

Length:

177.3 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

245/45R19

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/40R18