2009 Audi S6

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2009 Audi S6 Review

The 2009 Audi S6 quattro sedan is a powerful super-sedan that has the handling that drivers want. The interior is well-appointed, and has the comfort and high-tech electronics inside that define it as a luxury vehicle.

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The 2009 Audi S6 quattro is a five-passenger high-performance super-sedan that is based on the Audi A6. Equipped with a 5.2-liter, 435-hp, V-10 engine and an AWD (all-wheel-drive) six-speed automatic transmission, it can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

Standard equipment includes nineteen-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, a chrome grille, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power door locks, power windows, power heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors, power glass sunroof, mechanical center differential, center limited slip differential, front and rear multi-link four-wheel independent suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel ABS (Antilock Braking System), emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, LED (Light Emitting Diode) daytime running lights, fog lights, high pressure headlight washers, dusk-sensing Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) adaptive headlights with auto delay off setting and cornering lights, LED rear lights, rear fog lights, anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, stability control, traction control, self-leveling headlights, tire pressure monitoring, eight-way power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, heated seats, premium leather upholstery, sport front seats, split-folding rear seatback, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, front console with storage, speed-proportional power steering, leather-wrapped power tilt/telescoping steering wheel with paddle shifters and audio control functions, universal remote transmitter, rear view camera with parking assist, interior air filter, dual-zone climate control, wood/alloy/leather interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for two drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, DVD-based navigation system with touchscreen display and voice-activation, Audi MMI (Multi Media Interface, and Bose premium audio system with AM/FM/6-CD changer/Satellite/iPod/Surround sound/radio data system and nine speakers.

The vehicle is pre-wired for cell phone usage and offers Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free dialing, and has a USB interface for the audio system.

Optional equipment includes eighteen-inch seven-double-spoke wheels with summer performance tires, carbon fiber interior trim, Audi Side Assist, which is a blind-spot/lane change alert system, a roof edge spoiler, cargo net partition, an upright Barracuda bicycle holder, and heated rear seats.

The Range

Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 5.2-liter V-10
Transmissions: AWD six-speed automatic
Models: S6 quattro sedan

What's New

  • New in the 2009 model year is a restyled front- and rear-end with LED lights. The Prestige package is now standard on the S6 quattro sedan.


LED taillights are new this year. S6-branded bumpers and aluminum door/window trim is now standard. The taillights are prominent and wrap around to the trunk lid. With a curb weight of 4486 lbs. the S6 is far heavier than other vehicles in its class.


S6-branded sport front seats are supportive. Audi’s MMI controls navigation and audio functions via a single control on the center console. The seven-inch color display monitor displays maps and directions; the navigation system offers voice-activation, allowing you to get to your destination without having to take your eyes off the road.

The trunk offers 16 cubic feet of cargo space. An optional cargo net partition is available.

The power sunroof uses solar energy to generate power for a ventilation system that can cool the interior when the vehicle is not running.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Audi S6 quattro sedan is equipped with Audi’s first V-10 engine. Borrowed from the Lamborghini Gallardo, it has the power that defines the S6 as a super-sedan. The quattro AWD sends 60 percent of the torque to the rear wheels; the AWD will re-distribute the power as driving conditions change. This 60/40 ratio makes the S6 drive more like a rear-wheel drive car.

There is no optional manual transmission offered for the S6. This lack may disappoint drivers who prefer to decide when they want to shift into another gear using the clutch and shifter. Drivers may select to use the manual mode in the automatic transmission. The Tiptronic® allows the driver to manually select the gears and enables gear changes to take place with minimal interruption in engine power, even during downshifts. An additional sport program delays upshifts for a sportier driving style. The paddle shifters are conveniently located on the steering column.


Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, front side-mounted airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, stability and traction control, an anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, and an optional blind-spot warning system. The 2009 Audi S6 quattro sedan received Top Safety marks in frontal-, side-, and rear-impact crash testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi S6: 14/19 mpg in city/highway driving

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Superb handling
  • Large trunk in sedan

You Won't Like

  • Lack of manual transmission
  • Cabin crowded
  • Gas-guzzler tax

Sum Up

The 2009 Audi S6 quattro sedan is a powerful super-sedan that has the handling that drivers want. The interior is well-appointed, and has the comfort and high-tech electronics inside that define it as a luxury vehicle.

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