The Audi A6 Allroad – Redefining Rugged

Quite a while ago now I had the chance to briefly road-test the Audi A6 Allroad and found that it was good. Now it’s even better. This is a tougher version of the German brand’s A6 Avant and is, to me, the car that does everything and does it all well.

When you consider all the talk about off-road vehicles, SUVs and the like it always pays to ask first what it is you require a car for. Why would you buy a true mud-plugger if all you planned to do was ferry Labrador dogs up and down motorways to shows and take your chances on a bit of rough ground parking. There’s also the old cliché about school run mums dropping the offspring off at the school gates in an humongous 4×4. Well, the answer to all that can be seen in my images.

This updated version of Audi’s spirited soft-roader is constructed with aluminium making up some twenty percent of the body for added lightness. The test car had a 3.0L turbodiesel with 272PS (149g/km CO²), so there’s plenty of power available and of course, the legendary quattro drive. There’s a less powerful engine of 218PS – which is still plenty – and for business users BIK is currently 25%. Both versions get the 7-speed S tronic gearbox. If that’s not enough performance for you then turn, as I would, to the mighty twin-turbo 3.0L BiTDI. This delivers 320PS and cracks on to 62mph in just 5.5 seconds. CO² rises to a not unreasonable 172g/km but the chancellor will slap your wrist with a BIK of 30%.As ever, Audi has maintained its high standard of interiors with the A6 Allroad. Obviously there’s as much room inside as the regular A6 Avant and, as you would expect, the passenger area is impeccably built to a very high standard. The boot is massive at 565 litres. I could climb in and there would still be room for say, Bruce Willis; although why I would want to share a boot with him I don’t know. I mean, we’ve never even met or anything.

Allroads come as standard with Milano leather trim, bespoke badging, Audi’s Multi-Media Interface, retractable display and adaptive dynamics amongst a host of standard kit. There’s a specification below. Sadly, a half-hour test drive – including a quick photo session – does not allow time to get to grips with all the equipment, so I can’t give you the full lowdown. On this occasion it was all about the driving.On the road then this big car is really comfortable, the useful extra ride height over the standard Avant doesn’t seem to make any difference to handling and performance is outstanding. Without fuss, palaver or noise you are suddenly up the road at speed. In another life I would have kept on driving until I reached a port and a ferry to Europe just to carry on motoring.

Four-wheel drive is great for added traction when the weather is bad. Here in the UK it mostly isn’t so why would you buy a 4×4 SUV when you can have a practical, versatile estate like this? A personal favourite.
Geoff Maxted