Audi A6 Allroad quattro estate

Price  £45,755 - £55,825

Audi A6 Allroad quattro estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Top-notch build quality
  • Powerful top-spec model
  • Smaller than a full-size SUV
  • More expensive than rivals
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Not the best off-road

At a glance

"The Audi A6 Allroad estate offers excellent handling, quality and luxury in a practical and stylish body. It’s also fast, frugal and user-friendly, with the benefit of being able to tackle the odd muddy track."

The Audi A6 Allroad is a jack-of-all-trades. For some, the appeal of the four rings on the front will be enough to tempt people behind the wheel, but the A6 Allroad is actually a very accomplished car with a wide breadth of abilities. It's based on the regular Audi A6 Avant which is already an impressive car.

The A6 Allroad is one of the more expensive off-road estate cars on the road, as the Volvo XC70, VW Passat Alltrack and Skoda Octavia Scout are all cheaper, but the A6 offers style, practicality, upmarket comfort and a great range of engines to offset its higher price.

For some buyers, a normal estate car will be enough, or they need a full on off-roader, as the A6 Allroad can’t follow the likes of a Land Rover Discovery up a mountain, but it's got more grip than the standard A6 Avant and adjustable suspension makes it more practical.

The A6 Allroad is suitably rugged for those wanting something a bit more beefy, though. The car has a slightly raised ride height, extended wheelarches and sills and a bit of protection under the front and rear bumpers. This can be swapped for body-coloured paint on some models, suggesting the extra touches are merely cosmetic and show that the car is unlikely to be regularly attempting some rocky inclines. 

This extra ride height hasn’t come at a detriment to the way the car handles, though. It's a little bit softer than the A6 Avant and rolls a little more in corners, but it's a very comfortable car to spend time in. 

There's an engine to suit all tastes, and they’re all powerful, modern and efficient. Of particular note is the most powerful 316bhp diesel, which uses a pair of turbochargers to help it go from 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds. It also makes quite a distinctive noise for a diesel car.

The weakest point about the A6 Allroad is its price. While its refined, comfortable and powerful and provides plenty of space for the family, the range kicks off at more than £45,000 and the range tops out at more than £50,000. That's even before you dip into the options list, which can quickly escalate the price by thousands.

This makes the Allroad one of the most expensive 4x4 estates on the market, so if you don’t need the extra ride height and rugged looks, we’d recommend the regular A6 Avant with Audi's brilliant Quattro four-wheel drive system. 

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

The Audi A6 Allroad four-wheel-drive system is surprisingly efficient given the impressive performance

Engines, drive & performance

3.8 / 5

Smooth and very responsive, the Audi A6 Allroad is the perfect motorway crusier

Interior & comfort

4.6 / 5

The Audi A6 Allroad is very comfortable over long distances thanks to a plush, well built interior

Practicality & boot space

4.6 / 5

The Audi A6 Allroad is slightly larger than its predecessor

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Audi A6 Allroad build quality is top-notch and its engines have proven to be reliable

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
"We drove the punchy 242bhp 3.0 TDI on German roads, and it delivered a slightly softer ride than the regular A6 Avant, even on optional 19-inch alloys. It handles almost as well thanks to the standard adjustable air-suspension, which lets you pick and choose ride height."
3 / 5
"The petrol engine gives strong performance, but only if you work it comparatively hard. Not only are the diesel engines more relaxing to drive, they’re easier on the ear, too, because you don’t have to keep the revs up as high for as much of the time as you do with the petrol."
5 / 5
"As is now an Allroad tradition, the wheelarches, bumpers and sills are painted in a contrasting colour, but can be body-coloured if the optional aluminium exterior package is specified. Java Brown paint is available exclusively for the new A6 Allroad."
What owners say 
4.2 /5 based on 29 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
23 Nov 2015
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