We Visually Compare The 2019 Audi A6 Against Its Predecessor

Even though this latest Audi A6 doesn’t represent as big of a departure from its predecessor as the latter did compared to the third-generation C6 car, look anywhere below the shoulder line and you’ll (likely) see some changes.

The new car is more edgy, both literally and figuratively. Audi attempted to make the design more futuristic, and with the Prologue concept serving as inspiration, we now have yet another modern (albeit familiar looking) German saloon to consider when discussing segment supremacy.

Of course, the 2019 Audi A6 is by no means just an aesthetic redesign. The car features countless technical improvements that we’re not going to get into right now, simply because this is strictly a visual comparison and looking into other factors such as active safety or connectivity, just wouldn’t be fair.

The A6 (C7), the one still being sold today, was updated back in 2014, when Audi fiddled with the headlights and taillights a tiny bit, as well as with the singleframe grille, air inlets, bumpers and tailpipes. The bodywork changes were extremely subtle, and your best bet was always to look at the design of the LED DRLs in order to accurately determine whether it was a pre or post-facelift model.

Visually, the new car takes everything that made the old A6 what it was and stretches it out a bit, while adding all those previously-mentioned edges along the bodywork. The grille is wider, the air intakes more pronounced (though overall smaller), and the headlights sharper.

Around at the back, there’s a set of larger taillights with more complex graphics, and a fender to fender chrome strip, similar to the A8 flagship. Another significant difference between the two cars when viewed from the rear concerns the exhaust tips, which on the newer model, are totally fake.

As for the interior, this might be where the biggest departure took place on the styling department. The all-new A6 takes after the A8 and A7 Sportback, so it’s rocking that dual display look, which also allowed Audi engineers to clear out the center console. The old car had all sorts of buttons and dials flanking the gear lever, whereas now, the same area looks a lot more civilized, if you like that sort of thing.

Passengers will also be happy to know there’s more room inside the all-new A6, thanks to a wheelbase that now measures 2,924 mm (9.5 ft) – this growth affects legroom, headroom and shoulder room.

Sound off below to let us know how which one of these two cars looks best to you.

 

New Vs Old Audi A6

  • liams92

    Audi’s game of spot the difference. Level: Expert.

    • Bo Hanan

      Fell asleep comparing the two cars. Its like- zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

  • ace_9

    Older exterior design seems to be much cleaner and elegant. There are too many unnecessary edges and overly complicated details on the new one. And the “exhausts” are just laughable…

  • PK

    here comes the people that said’s “the old model is better”….

    • Jason Panamera

      I still like C5 generation, but this one is a blast.

    • SO?

      • PK

        it’s annoying. why can’t people appreciate what’s offered instead of whining about it. i mean eventually the new model will come out in the next 7 or 8 years and people will still whine about that the current model is better than the new.

        • I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING BUT THAT’S WHAT WE ALL DO HERE, GIVE OPINIONS (WHINE) AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE LIKE THE CAR IN THE ARTICLE.

          • PK

            jeez….

        • ace_9

          You must be a manager, right ?

          • PK

            nope. not at all. why? are you a manager?

          • ace_9

            Because you sound like almost any other manager I have known. They barely know something about the topic of discussion, they do not talk about the topic rather than about the other people participating in it, they are mostly wrong on the actual topic and if someone says something that is even slightly against their opinion, then they just focus on the people even more. And the most important thing is that they always try to stupidly persuade everyone that there is never under any circumstances nothing to complain about and all complaints just come from miserable negative people which should not be allowed to speak on their nice optimistic meetings.
            You can see that most people like the new interior (including me), but the exterior has some questionable elements for a luxury sedan. But you still think that everyone should just accept whatever they are presented with. And you also assume that people will be always complaining, which is not true. I read several comparisons of old vs new generation here and it is usually mostly positive with some reservations.

          • PK

            true to what you said but nope. not even close.

    • Not better, more elegant. I hate the two touch screens, when A6 C7 came out, I thought it was the best looking Audi, I still think it is. It’s a perfect blend of German and Latin design.

  • TrevP

    I just imagine all the fingerprints on both of those screens would drive me nuts. But, it looks good and updated. Love the exterior

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      I just imagine all the fingerprints on both of those screens would drive me nuts.
      Really!? I hadn’t heard that the technology had become so advanced!

  • ErnieB

    I am liking the new evolution of the a6 a lot more than the older.. now the A7 not so much ..

  • An Existing Person

    I may be in the minority, but I love it. I’m glad they went with an evolutionary change rather than a revolutionary one because the outgoing A6 was and still remains a handsome car. Not much needed to be changed apart from the aging interior anyways.

    • Marty

      I can see variations, but I can’t see evolution.

  • Six_Tymes

    the left is the new? thankfully they got rid of the awful pop up looking nav system. I hate those, I wish mazda would dump that design

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      mazda’s screen lacks smartphone connectivity

  • getoffme

    Why don’t you throw in a VW Passat for comparison as well.

    Audi took that long to refresh the A6. LOL

  • Third-gen looks better. The new A6 seems like a strained overstyled version of the current model.

  • eb110americana

    I prefer the old model most everywhere that there is a difference, except the interior. The interior is much improved, if a bit gimmicky with the screens. The passenger side could have used some nice material instead of merely a continuation of gloss black across the dash.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    now that’s what you call design language

  • Vassilis

    They’ve done a seriously good job with the new one.

  • HotnCool

    I like the new A6

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Exterior: will not agree even it was a facelift
    Interior: same A8 & A7

  • Walter Bova

    the old one looks better.

  • Harry_Wild

    I be checking out a decked out S6 three year old A6! I hoping it will be $50K or less with 35K miles on it! If the dealer wants more, I just wait another year! LOL!

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