2019 Ford Taurus vs. 2019 Audi A6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A6 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Taurus and the A6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Taurus 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A6 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Taurus’ warranty.

Reliability

The Taurus has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The A6 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Taurus second among large cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The A6 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Taurus SHO’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) than the A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Taurus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The A6 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Taurus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the A6:

 

Taurus

A6

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

13 inches

Suspension and Handling

The Taurus SHO’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The A6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Taurus is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the A6.

Chassis

The Ford Taurus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Audi A6.

The front grille of the Taurus (except SHO) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A6 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Taurus has 1 inch more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A6.

Cargo Capacity

The Taurus has a much larger trunk than the A6 (20.1 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Taurus offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Taurus’ exterior PIN entry system. The A6 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Taurus Limited/SHO’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A6 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Taurus is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A6 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Taurus, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Ford Taurus outsold the Audi A6/S6 by over three to one during 2018.

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