The high-riding variant of the Audi A6 sits 60mm higher than the standard car

The Audi A6 Allroad will cost from £43,145 when the order books open next month. The high-riding variant of the Audi A6 sits 60mm higher than the standard car, and features styling changes including different front grille and bumper designs, skid plates, roof rails and protection around the exhaust.

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The new A6 Allroad is 4940mm long, 1900mm wide and 1470mm tall, making it a few millimetres bigger than the A6 Avant. It has a wheelbase of 2910mm.

Aluminium components make up roughly 20 per cent of its body, and total weight has been reduced by as much as 70kgs compared with the previous model.

Setting the A6 Allroad apart from other cars in the model range are the trim strips on the side sills, flared fenders and the single-frame grille with vertical slats.

The underbody gets stainless steel covers pat the front and rear of the car, and the exhaust system ends in two large, flattened tailpipes. The roof rails are mounted on double bars and the wheel well edges, bumpers and sills are painted in a contrasting colour.

Interior cues differentiating the A6 Allroad include the carpeting and instrument panel, which are black throughout.

The new A6 Allroad will initially be available with a choice of four V6 engines – one TFSI petrol and three TDI oil burners. All are three-litre turbo engines and are fitted with stop-start and thermal management systems.

The 3.0 TFSI produces 306bhp and 324lb ft of torque. It accelerates the A6 allroad quattro from 0-62mph in 5.9sec on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. It returns a claimed 31.7mpg.

The three variants of the 3.0 TDI produce 201bhp/331lb ft, 241bhp/427lb ft and 308bhp/479lb ft.

The most frugal 201bhp diesel returns a claimed 46mpg or 159g/km of CO2. Audi is preparing a low-emissions version of the 241bhp diesel.

The 308bhp diesel accelerates from 0-62mph in 5.6sec and has a top speed of 155mph. It comes with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, whereas the other three engines are paired with a seven-speed S tronic gearbox.

The new A6 Allroad comes with Audi's drive select system, so the driver can vary the function of the steering, the air suspension, the throttle pedal, the automatic transmission, the sport differential, the automatic air conditioning, the lighting and the adaptive cruise control.

The adaptive air suspension, which combines air suspension with controlled damping, comes as standard. It lowers the body by 15mm at high speed and raises it by 35mm at the push of a button. It comes with 18-inch, five-spoke alloys, although 19in and 20in wheels are options.

The luggage compartment as a capacity of 565 litres, or 1680 litres with the rear seats folded down. The car has a rail system, tensioning straps and load-securing kit to keep luggage in place during journeys.

The Audi A6 Allroad is expected to be available for order in the UK next month, ahead of first deliveries in the spring. The range starts at £43,145 OTR.

Our Verdict

Audi A6 Allroad

The Audi A6 Allroad impresses with a punchy engine and a fine ride. It's a shame that it will be largely overlooked in the range

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11 January 2012

good stuff - always been a fan of the big Allroad, definitely the best looking of the A6 range and the 300+hp model should be a great car.

11 January 2012

If I had to buy one car to last me the rest of my life, this would be it. 300bhp diesel please.

Keep dreaming..........

11 January 2012

love how this car looks. would make a perfect family car

11 January 2012

[quote benjamino]If I had to buy one car to last me the rest of my life, this would be it. 300bhp diesel please.[/quote] until the dpf packs up and the turbos stop working...sorry, i jest!

I agree, as a usual audi basher, the allroad is the most desirable estate around. very nice.

11 January 2012

I'm looking for a trans-European express that can deal with the odd harsh winter in the Alps and Scandinavia. I was considering an X1 or X3 and the upcoming 3 x-drive, but I like the idea of adjustable air suspension. And the interior. Audi just might steal my business from BMW with this one, and I'm not even an Audi fan...


11 January 2012

[quote il sole]I agree, as a usual audi basher, the allroad is the most desirable estate around. very nice.[/quote]

Like wise, however I'd suggest it is the most desirable Audi full stop!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

11 January 2012

Blimey! A nice Audi!

11 January 2012

Nice, but there is not the petrol V8 anymore...that was as desirable as superfluous...

If I had to choose just one Audi model though, it will always be an R8

11 January 2012

Always been a tad jealous of those owning one. I would like to see Autocar do a back to back test with this against the new Passat Alltrack - which will be a few K cheaper

11 January 2012

[quote petrolheadinrussia]Passat Alltrack [/quote]

What's that then? Sounds promising, if probably a little lacking in power?

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