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10 German Luxury Cars That Still Come With A V-6

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European auto manufacturers, especially German companies, make some of the most sought-after luxury vehicles. Mercedes-Benz and BMW crafted some of the most upscale luxury sedans, like the S-Class, and 7 Series, whereas Porsche perfected the luxury sports car recipe with the 911. That said, more often than not, these luxury cars host gargantuan gas-guzzling V-8 or even V-12 engines, and smaller powertrains get overlooked.




This list highlights all the German luxury cars in 2024 that still come with a V-6 engine. Unfortunately, since Mercedes-Benz ditched its V-6 powertrain in favor of an inline-six, the only two German car brands that still fit luxury cars with V-6 engines are Audi and Porsche.

In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from Audi and Porsche, and other authoritative sources, including fueleconomy.gov, and Consumer Reports. These V-6-powered luxury cars are ranked from the cheapest to the most expensive models based on current recommended MSRP values.

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10 Audi S4

Starting MSRP: $54,500

Grey 2020 Audi S4
Audi


Based on the Audi A4 midsize sedan, the Audi S4 often gets overlooked because of other newer cars like the BW M340i xDrive. Despite being more than five years old, the Audi S4 remains relevant in its right thanks to its turbocharged V-6 engine that pumps out 349 horsepower to all four wheels using Audi’s renowned Quattro AWD system.

Performance Specifications

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

349 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

4.4 seconds

Top Speed

155 mph

(Specs sourced from Audi)


But just because the Audi S4 is fast, doesn’t mean it can’t be luxurious as well. Albeit not as flashy as an S-Class, the Audi S4 comes standard with a 10.1-inch center infotainment screen that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, all S4 models come with ambient lighting with 30 different color options to choose from, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, a heads-up display, and Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus.

Pros

  • Tons of standard safety features
  • Electronically adjustable, heated leather sports seats with side bolsters
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus as standard

Cons

  • 43/100 Consumer Reports Predicted Reliability
  • More expensive than rivals

9 Audi A6/S6

Starting MSRP: $57,300

2024 Audi S6 Sedan
Audi


Just like previous German sedans, the Audi A6 also gets overlooked considering its rivals; the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E Class. Audi offers the A6 with either a four-cylinder engine or a V-6. But if you want to spend a bit extra, you can spend $75,500 to get behind the heel of an S6.

Performance Specifications

55 TFSI

S6

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6

Twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6

Transmission

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

335 hp

444 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

442 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

AWD

0-60 MPH

5.1 seconds

4.4 seconds

Top Speed

130 mph

155 mph

(Specs sourced from Audi)


The S6 is just as opulent as the A6, but comes with more standard goodies, and a more potent twin-turbo V6. Both the A6 and S6 models host an army of touchscreens in the cabin alongside a premium 3-D Bang & Olufsen surround sound system.

Pros

  • Tons of standard safety features
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus as standard
  • Sleeper car aesthetic

Cons

  • Many costly, optional extras
  • Seven years old

8 Audi S5/RS5

Starting MSRP: $57,500

2023 Audi S5 Sportback
Audi

Offered either as a two-door coupe or a five-door sedan called the Sportback, the Audi A5 is a slightly larger, more upscale version of the A4 taking on other luxury sports sedans like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. As standard, the Audi A5 comes with a four-cylinder engine, however, if you’re willing to spend some extra cash, you can upgrade to the S5, or even the RS5 for one of Audi’s most prized creations.


Performance Specifications

S5

RS5

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6

Twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

349 hp

444 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

442 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

AWD

0-60 MPH

4.5 seconds

3.7 seconds

Top Speed

155 mph

155 mph 174 mph (optional)

(Specs sourced from Audi)

Both the Audi S5 and RS5 make use of V-6 engines, whereas the S5 has a single turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, and the RS5 has a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6. All in all, there is nearly a 100-horsepower difference between the two cars, and more than $20,000. Both the Audi S5 and RS5 are excellent performance cars in their respective segments, and the five-door Sportback variants act as excellent sleepers.


Pros

  • Well-built, luscious interior
  • Standard Quattro all-wheel-drive
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus as standard

Cons

  • No manual transmission is available
  • More expensive, and slower than rivals

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7 Audi SQ5

Starting MSRP: $57,700

2023 Audi SQ5
Audi

The first SUV on our list is the Audi SQ5. Based on the normal Q5, the SQ5 ditches its four-cylinder powertrain for a turbocharged V-6 unit that’s also found in the S4 and S5. And for those who yearn for a coupe-shaped SQ5, Audi also offers the SQ5 as a Sportback which results in a sloping roofline, at the expense of some practicality.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

349 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

4.7 seconds

Top Speed

155 mph

(Specs sourced from Audi)

Despite not having Audi’s latest MMi infotainment system, the SQ5 still houses an extensive list of features and creature comforts as standard, like a heated steering wheel, heated electronically adjustable front seats, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And of course, the SQ5 also benefits from a wide range of safety tech including park assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and a 360-degree camera. All things considered, the Audi SQ5’s biggest hurdle isn’t its hefty price tag, but rather the BMW X3 and its M40i variant.


Pros

  • Real-world fuel-economy rating of 28 MPG on the highway (Car and Driver)
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus as standard

Cons

  • 7 years old
  • 4,400-pound maximum towing capacity

6 Audi Q8

Starting MSRP: $73,700

2024 AudiQ8 55 TFSI
Audi

At its core, the Audi Q8 is the same SUV as the Q7, just wrapped in different panels. The Audi Q8 benefits from chic design language at the expense of practicality, with only two rows of seats available, and its sloping roofline also slightly impacts rear occupants’ headroom.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

335 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

5.6 seconds

Top Speed

130 mph

(Specs sourced from Audi)

Considering the 4.0-liter V-8 is reserved for the Lamborghini Urus rival, the Audi RS Q8, Audi only offers the regular Q8 with one engine, a turbocharged V-6. The Q8 has three different trim level options: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. These trim levels impact the standard equipment found on each car, but even the base model Audi 8 Premium packs a ton of luxury features, as its name suggests.

Pros

  • 7,700-pound maximum towing capacity
  • 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats folded
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Cons

  • EPA-estimated average fuel-economy rating of 19 MPG
  • Wildly expensive

5 Audi Q7 55 TFSI

Starting MSRP: $75,800

2025 Audi Q7
Audi

Audi offers the Q7 with two different engine choices; a turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 261 horsepower in the 45 TSFI, and a turbocharged V-6 with 335 horsepower in the 55 TFSI. Although the 55 TFSI Q7 comes at a premium, it packs much more of a punch, and features plentiful more luxury elements.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

335 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

5.0 seconds (Car and Driver)

Top Speed

130 mph

(Specs sourced from Audi)

Audi recently updated the Q7 by adding new front and rear bumpers, redesigned headlights and tail lights, and new color and wheel options too. But the most noteworthy is what Audi did with the interior. Audi added its latest MMI touchscreen infotainment system to the Q7’s cabin space to make it feel just as luxurious as other flagship German cars.

Pros

  • 7,700-pound maximum towing capacity
  • Seven seats
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Cons

  • More expensive than rivals
  • Tight third-row seating place

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4 Porsche Macan S/GTS

Starting MSRP: $75,400

Orange Porsche Macan
Porsche

For 2025, Porsche electrified the Macan, meaning the ICE-powered Macan’s days are numbered. The standard Porsche Macan houses a turbo-four, whereas Porsche fits the Macan S and GTS models with a 2.9-liter turbocharged V-6 engine.

Performance Specifications

Macan S

Macan GTS

Engine

Twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6

Twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6

Transmission

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower

375 hp

434 hp

Torque

384 lb-ft

406 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

AWD

0-60 MPH

4.4 seconds

4.1 seconds

Top Speed

161 mph

169 mph


(Specs sourced from Porsche)

While its exterior design might not shout traditional Porsche design, its interior sure does. With Porsche logos plastered everywhere, and an ergonomically designed infotainment system, the Macan looks near-identical to a Porsche 911 on the inside.

Pros

  • Polarizing performance figures
  • Electronically-adjustable front seats

Cons

  • Lack of Android Auto
  • Lack of standard safety equipment

3 Porsche Cayenne

Starting MSRP: $79,200

White 2024 Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid
Porsche

The Porsche Cayenne has been Porsche’s bread and butter for more than two decades now, and they aren’t showing any signs of stopping soon. For 2024, Porsche refreshed the Cayenne in more ways than one. Usually, the base model Cayennes and the Cayenne S had a V-6 engine under their hood, but Porsche now fits the Cayenne S with a V-8 unit instead. Now, only the base model Cayenne and Cayenne E-Hybrid get the turbocharged V-6 engine.


Performance Specifications

Cayenne

Cayenne E-Hybrid

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 + electric motor

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

348 hp

463 hp

Torque

368 lb-ft

476 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

AWD

0-60 MPH

5.4 seconds

4.6 seconds

Top Speed

154 mph

158 mph

(Specs sourced from Porsche)

On the inside, Porsche also updated a few things on the Cayenne. Now there’s a new dashboard, more touchscreens than before, a new steering wheel, as well as a column-mounted shift lever. The Cayenne is everything the Macan is, but more expensive, more flashy, and more practical.


Pros

  • 7,700-pound maximum towing capacity
  • 27.2 cubic feet of rear cargo space
  • Hybrid model gets better fuel economy and performance figures

Cons

  • Pricey optional equipment
  • EPA-estimated average fuel-economy rating of 19 MPG (gas-only)

2 Audi A8

Starting MSRP: $88,900

2024 Audi A8
Audi

The Audi A8 is a direct competitor to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Although its design might fool you into believing it’s just a normal A4 or A6, the Audi A8 is everything but. Audi only offers the A8 with one engine, a turbo V-6, but still gives its flagship sedan a plethora of standard equipment. If you want V-8 power, you’ll have to stretch that budget a bit more and jump for the $123,400 Audi S8.


Performance Specifications

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

335 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

5.6 seconds

Top Speed

130 mph

(Specs sourced from Audi)

Of course, the Audi A8 comes with Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system that supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the same screen, you can see a 360-degree view of your AUdi A8, as well as choose the track you want to experience with a standard 3-D surround sound system by Bang & Olufsen.


Pros

  • Cheaper than rivals
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Long list of safety technology

Cons

  • Ordinary styling
  • Pricey optional extras

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1 Porsche Panamera

Starting MSRP: $102,800

Gold 2024 Porsche Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid
Porsche

The last entry on the list today is the severely underrated Porsche Panamera. Porsche just updated the Panamera and announced two plug-in-hybrid models into the lineup as well, distinguished by the E-Hybrid badge. While a lot of Panameras get treated to a V-8 engine, the base model Panamera and Panamera E-Hybrid still retain a V-6 powerplant, whether specced as a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive luxury sports sedan.


Performance Specifications

Panamera

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Engine

Turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6

Turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

348 hp

463 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

479 lb-ft

Driveline

RWD

AWD

0-60 MPH

4.8 seconds

3.9 seconds

Top Speed

169 mph

174 mph

(Specs sourced from Porsche)

While the base model rear-wheel-drive, gas-powered Panamera carries a price just north of $100,000, the E-Hybrid’s cheapest variant is all-wheel-drive and costs $115,500. With that comes a boatload of more power, and better fuel economy, but it remains an expensive endeavor if you want other goodies like adaptive cruise control, a premium sound system, or leather all over.


Pros

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 87 mph top speed in electric mode

Cons

  • More expensive than rivals
  • Pricey optional extras

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