Audi A6 Allroad: First drive review

Audi has sold over 140,000 versions of its A6 with off-roading pretentions, the Allroad.

Now, with the latest A6 on sale for over a year, there's an all-new, third-generation version which goes on sale in the UK in July and is priced from £43,150. We headed to Germany to drive Audi's rival to the Volvo XC70, to see what we think.
You'll spot the latest Allroad by its 15mm raised stance, chunkier grey body cladding (full colour-coding is optional), the unique front grille with its vertical bars, the front and back stainless-steel underbody guards, the standard 18-inch alloy wheels and silver roof rails which go to create the off-roader looks.

Changes for the interior aren't as obvious, but then again there isn't anything wrong with the standard A6 interior on which it is based. This means the usual vault-like build quality and all models are well-equipped with standard MMI navigation, dual-zone climate control, plus hill start and parking sensors.

The Allroad's driving position is fine, with plenty of front and rear space. Plus, there's 565 litres of practical bootspace.

There's a choice of four engines in the Allroad, three diesels and one petrol. Diesel choice include 201bhp and 241bhp versions of the 3.0-litre TDI and the 308bhp 3.0-litre BiTDI with twin-turbo V6. There's just the one petrol version, the 305bhp 3.0-litre TFSI which is actually supercharged.

We had the chance to drive what Audi expecto be the best seller, the 241bhp 3.0-litre TDi and the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6.

The 3.0-litre TDi and 3.0-litre BiTDI versions of the Allroad didn't feel much different to drive to the standard A6 Avant. The raised ride height and bigger wheels (all cars were on the optional 19-inch alloy wheels) surprisingly equal a more comfortable ride, which rides the bumps very well.

The 3.0-litre TDi is refined and works well with the seven-speed automatic transmission. Not really sporty despite 0-60mph acceleration in 6.6 seconds, however with 580Nm of torque to play with, it never feels short of puff.

With stop-start and brake energy recovery systems as standard,the 3.0-litre TDI is still capable of 44.8mpg on the combined cycle and emits 165g/km of CO2.

The 3.0-litre V6 BiTDI was the more interesting engine of the two we tried; for a start it sounds like no other diesel engine we've ever tried, or goes like one either. We can only describe the noise as a deep petrol-like burble, which gets better the harder you work this engine.

The performance of this engine is distinctly undiesel-like too, top speed is 155mph, with the dash to 62mph dispatched in just 5.6 seconds.

Sadly, you do pay for the extra performance of the BiTDI at the pumps and with the emissions. The combined fuel consumption figure is a slightly less impressive 42.2mpg and 176g/km Co2 figure.

So, should you buy an Allroad if you can? It certainly feels far more modern and well-built than its only direct rival the Volvo XC70. If you're in the market for a large estate car with some off-road capability, then the Audi A6 Allroad is an expensive but worthy choice.

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