When the A6 Allroad quattro first appeared back in millennium year, Audi were selling 43,000 cars a year in the UK. Now, as the new generation model arrives, the scale of the four-ring marque’s success has propelled it to more than 100,000 cars sold here annually
Taller than a conventional estate, lower than an SUV, and less ungainly on the road than your typical off-roader, the Allroad has always been a pretty good all-rounder. Even more so in this latest version, launched alongside the new generation A6 Saloon and Avant. It shares the same acrossthe- range improvements of mild external facelift, tweaked interior, improved engines and upgraded technology.
The new Allroad is deliberately a touch less ruggedlooking than the previous model, which is visually a bit of a backward step. This is because Audi wanted to widen its appeal, but it’s still quite hunky with steel body protectors, extended side sills and plastic wheel-arch protectors to distinguish it – just off-road driving.
The most blissful ride is predictably on the ‘comfort’ setting, but when you’re in a hurry on twisty roads, switching to ‘dynamic’ minimises body roll on the bends and noticeably improves the handling. Under most conditions, though, the car feels very composed whatever the setting. It is a very roomy car, squeezing in extra inches here and there over its predecesor, and has loads of space for five people in comfort, plus 565 litres of standard boot space. Maximum luggage room, with the rear seat folded, extends to 1,660 litres. Boot access is very good, thanks to a high rear roofline and wide aperture.
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- Price: £39,130
- Engine: 2967cc, 6-cylinder, turbodiesel
- Gearbox: 6-speed automatic
- Max Power: 237bhp at 4,000rpm
- Max Torque: 369lb ft at 1,750rpm
- Max Towing Weight: 2,100kg
- Combined Consumption: 37.7mpg
- CO2 Emissions (taxband): 199g/km (F)
- 0-62mph: 7.4secs
- Max speed: 144mph
- Insurance Group: 16
This is one of its unsung stars, a car very closely related to the A6 Avant but occupying a virtually unrivalled niche in the car market. Its predecessor won a firm following for its combination of estate car, sports car and soft off-roader all rolled into one, and the new model delivers the same recipe with a fresh garnish