The Car Guide's Best Buys for 2022: Audi A6 and A7

Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry.

Sales of midsize luxury sedans haven’t dipped as much as those of more mainstream models, but these cars continue to be severely overshadowed by SUVs and crossovers. German automakers, once again, are the cream of the crop.

The Winner

The Audi A6 and A7 combine to deliver the best offering in the segment for 2022, just like last year. Both are pretty much unchanged, but they remain the top choices for midsize luxury car buyers.

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In addition to the conventional sedan, the A6 lineup includes an adventurous and attractive wagon called A6 Allroad. It’s a great alternative to SUVs thanks to a versatile interior and large cargo area. If performance is more your thing, you should definitely check out the fearsome RS 6 Avant. This other wagon is quite different and packs nearly 600 horsepower.

Meanwhile, the A7 is a five-door Sportback with a swooping, coupe-like roofline. It’s also available in RS trim with the same amount of ponies under the hood.

Photo: Marc Lachapelle

Other Finalists

Second place in the segment goes to the BMW 5 Series. Similar to Audi, there are plenty of powertrains and configurations to choose from, although a wagon is sorely missing. The sportiest of the bunch is the M5 CS, a limited-edition sedan with a 4.4-litre V8 cranked up to 627 horsepower.

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As for third place, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets the nod despite showing signs of age. It’s a good purchase if only because of its smooth ride and exceptional fit and finish.

Mercedes-Benz offers more body styles than any other competitor including a sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon. For extra performance, don’t miss the AMG models led by the 603-horsepower AMG 63 S.

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