The Audi A6 Allroad has revolutionised the family estate car market. With it's 4x4 capabilities and punchy engines, the world really is your oyster!
The perfect blend of Estate and SUV
Grips the road like a limpet in off-road mode
Lots of safety kit doesn’t come as standard
Sport suspension is poor
Some may look at the Audi A6 Allroad quattro with suspicion and ask “why bother?”. The popular Q5 and Q7 models already cater well to SUV-lovers. What’s the point in this A6 variation? The A6 Allroad isn’t really an SUV. It’s a perfect blend of Estate and SUV Crossover, offering estate car practicality and SUV off-road capabilities. For those who need something with decent off road ability but don’t want a mammoth Range Rover sitting in the driveway or work car parking spot, this car offers a happy medium.
Battling with the likes of the Volvo V90 Cross Country and the Mercedes E Class All Terrain, this Estate car/SUV hybrid concept is by no means unique to Audi. It is a great new car choice for those who need something sturdy for both urban and off-road terrains. With better ground clearance and more protective cladding around the wheel arches than the standard A6 Avant, it won’t fail on the bumpiest of roads. Its impressive towing capabilities and powerful TFSI and TDI quattro engines give it that extra practical edge. But if you don't plan on straying away from the beaten track, you might be better with the standard A6.
There are just two trims to choose from, A6 Allroad Sport and Vorsprung, but you'll get loads of tech as standard. Features like Hill Descent Control, Cruise Control, smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth, Sat Nav, climate control, and Audi's impressive dual-screen infotainment system all come as standard. Practicality-wise, the boot space is generous, offering up 565 litres with the rear seats up, ideal for chucking all your camping gear in. Fuel economy is average, with Audi claiming the A6 Allroad will return around 37.7 mpg
For more on this luxury estate car-cum-rugged off-road SUV, dig deeper into the rest of our Audi A6 Allroad car review.
The base trim level comes with twin leather upholstery seats as standard and 19-inch ‘10-spoke dynamic’ design alloy wheels. To brighten the road ahead, it comes with matrix LED headlights and dynamic front and rear indicators. In terms of tech, the Sport trim comes with MMI Navigation MMI Navigation with MMI touch, and quattro all-wheel drive and offroad mode when you need that extra traction.
Take a step up and for an extra fifteen grand you can treat yourself to luxurious heated front Sport seats in Valcona leather upholstery, 21-inch ‘5-twin-spoke’ module design alloy wheels with inlays in matt grey, adaptive air suspension, HD Matrix LED headlights, and MMI Navigation Plus, Audi Virtual Cockpit, and Audi Phone Box with wireless charging. Phew!
The A6 Allroad has come a long way since it first graced our roads. Audi has waved goodbye to the harsh angular edges of the OG A6 Allroad and replaced them with smoother curves that are easier on the eyes. This sleeker revision blends rugged off-road readiness with a smart company car gameface. The transition from day-to-day business to weekend country adventure is seamless.
The A6 Allroad strikes a good balance between urban and off-road performance and handling. You won’t get the same thrill as you would in a proper off-roader, but Audi have worked out the kinks to ensure you’re not flying out of your seat on gruelling bumpy roads.
Designed to be rough and ready, the Audi A6 Allroad packs some serious engine power.
There isn’t as wide a range of engine options as the A6 Avant, but you don’t really need it. There are two powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines available in a choice of two power outputs - the 45 TDI with 231bhp and the 50 TDI with 286bhp. There’s no petrol option, so if you’re just looking for something for the school run or your commute to work, it’s not for you.
Both options come with quattro four-wheel drive and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission - apologies manual lovers.
The A6 Allroad can ramp up from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds, and it can easily power up to a roaring top speed 139mph. The V6 diesel engine is so silky that you’ll barely hear any engine noise even at top motorway speeds.
The A6 Allroad proves that you don’t need to be in a mammoth Land Rover to have a decent driving position.
As standard, you’ve got electrically adjustable front seats so you can tweak your driving position to the nth degree. The windscreen pillars are slender so they don’t obstruct your view too much. The rear vision is hampered by the shallow and steeply raked rear screen, but not to fear - you’ve got a rear view camera and front and rear parking sensors to keep you right. No more cranking your neck around your headrest like a contortionist when you can stare straight ahead at a dashboard screen!
During its most recent facelift, Audi shaved off 20% of the A6 Allroad’s weight which has lent itself to even smoother handling.
Like the standard A6 models, the Allroad uses Audi’s quattro all wheel drive system, splitting the torque 40:60 front to rear. Over rough roads, this lends itself to superb body control, seeing you whizzing down the road far faster than in a tall SUV or a lower slung executive estate.
To combat different terrains, you’ve got a choice of a few different driving modes. With Off Road, the car is raised 30mm higher than it would in Auto or Comfort mode, and if you go for Lift mode, you’re raised an even further 15mm higher for easy handling on tougher terrains.
When it’s pinned against competitors like the Volvo V90 Cross Country, the A6 Allroad isn’t beaten on ride comfort. There is a little bit of body lean when you’re speeding round corners, but in comparison with the V90, you’ve definitely got more grip.
The body can rise through 60mm from the lowest to highest setting with the help of the standard air suspension and controlled damping. Depending on your speed, the ride height will automatically adjust so you can focus on making the most of your off-road experience rather than fiddling around with dials and knobs.
The Comfort and Automatic suspension both offer a smooth driving experience. Surprisingly, the Sport suspension is a bit of a bumpy ride, so we recommend steering clear of it!