Finding a good deal on a used luxury car can be difficult. With the supply shortage likely to continue, used car prices are at near-record levels. To help find the best used midsize luxury cars for 2022, US News compiled a list of top picks with a budget limit of $20,000. One of the top rated cars on the list is the 2010 Audi A6, making it an excellent choice in the luxury used market.
Features of the 2010 Audi A6
The 2010 Audi A6 was the second-to-last year for the third-generation Audi A6. The base Premium model comes with a 3.2-liter V6 engine that produces 265 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. US News notes at the time that it was in decline compared to rival luxury sedans.
There are two other models available for the 2010 model year. The all-wheel-drive Premium Quattro comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The top model, the Prestige Quattro, comes with all-wheel drive with a 4.2-liter V8 that generates 350 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
US News reviewers note that the more powerful engines paired with the all-wheel drive system make for one of the best mid-size luxury driving experiences. The Premium Quattro gets the best fuel economy of all models at 22 mpg combined.
Additionally, with 15.9 cu-ft of cargo space, the 2010 Audi A6 bests competitors like the BMW 5 Series at 14.0 cu-ft and is on par with that model year’s Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
2010 Audi A6 Features and Safety
All 2010 Audi A6 models come standard with a 10-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather interior, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power front seats and a sunroof. All used 2010 Audi A6 models also come with the car brand’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) system. US News notes that this system can be confusing, but the interior is still high quality in materials and finish.
The second row of seats can easily accommodate two or three passengers in comfortable seats. Reviewers also give credit to the highly adjustable driver’s seat.
The 2010 Audi A6 receives excellent marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in multiple crash tests. It was rated “good” in the three main crash tests the IIHS conducted: moderate front overlap, side impact test and rear crash protection. The fourth key test, roof strength, saw the IIHS give the 2010 Audi A6 an “acceptable” grade. This places it among the safest used luxury cars from the 2010 model year.
Is the 2010 Audi A6 reliable?
Overall for Audi A6 models, RepairPal gives the model 3.5 out of 5 stars. That’s good enough for eighth out of 30 full-size luxury cars. However, ownership costs are high, with RepairPal estimating annual repair costs at $913.
That’s lower than the average for full-size luxury cars at $976, but higher than the average car at $652 per year. Audi A6 models are the least likely to need to go to repair shops, with an average of 0.3 trips per year. This is lower than the full-size and all-vehicle averages of 0.8 and 0.4, respectively.
The 2010 Audi A6 is a good model year for the luxury used car. Car complaint data shows the 2004 model year as the worst for the Audi A6, but 2010 sees only two common complaints: electrical problems and engine problems.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued three recalls for the 2010 Audi A6. All three were related to the front passenger airbag. NHTSA says, “a ruptured inflator can result in metal fragments striking vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.” One recall was issued in 2016, and the other two were made in 2018.
Is it worth buying a used Audi A6?
US News rates the Audi A6 second in midsize luxury cars with a near-perfect score from 2010 behind the Lexus ES. The base model Audi A6 is priced lower, representing excellent value for a used luxury car. It’s rated well above the 2010 E-Class and 5-Series. Reviewers note that the 5 Series was slightly more exciting to drive, but not as confident as the Audi A6. They also say the E-Class has a nicer cabin, but has fewer standard features and lower safety scores than the Audi A6.
Out of 105 cars, US News ranked it as one of the best midsize luxury cars under $20,000. The 2010 Audi A6 tied for fourth with the 2012 E-Class, 2011 and 2009 ES, and 2009 Acura TL. With excellent handling, safety, reliability, and powerful engine options, the Audi A6 is an excellent choice for a used luxury car. It’s priced similarly to some of the more popular E-Class and ES models.
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