Audi A6 Allroad quattro estate
Price £45,755 - £55,825
- Smaller than a full-size SUV
- Top-notch build quality
- Powerful top-spec model
- 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 an automotive all-rounder. It's comfortable, practical, fast and stylish, benefiting from Audi's significant badge appeal. An update at the end of 2014 brought with it more powerful, more efficient engines.
But it's a tad more expensive than some of its competitors (namely the Volvo V70), so there's definitely a trade-off between flashiness and price. The V70 also offers more boot space, as do the Skoda Octavia Scout and the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.
Some people think that a 4x4 estate is always going to be a compromise that won’t excel at being an estate or a 4x4. The Audi A6 Allroad certainly won't follow a Range Rover up a mountainside, but its extra grip and adjustable suspension add an element of versatility to this already quite practical car. And those seeking the distinctive, muscular lines of an off-roader won't be too disappointed by the Allroad's shape, which is sophisticated and masculine. The wheelarches and sills are extended on the Allroad – ostensibly to prevent mud splattering the side of your car if you drive off road, but also to make it look a bit tougher.
Despite the Allroad's raised ride height, handling doesn't suffer too much compared to the basic car. The Allroad is a little bit softer and more inclined to roll than the normal A6 saloon and A6 Avant estate, but the ride is otherwise comfortable and pleasant. All the engines are powerful, modern and efficient, and Audi has worked wonders on the most powerful 316bhp version. This uses a pair of turbochargers to help it cover 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds, and makes a very distinctive noise for a diesel.
The price of the A6 Allroad is probably its weakest point – the most basic model starts at £45,255, and the most expensive (and fastest) begins at £51,620. It's incredibly easy to add £10,000 to these prices with optional extras, making the Allroad one of the more expensive 4x4 estates on the market.
The four-wheel-drive system is surprisingly efficient given the impressive performance
Smooth and very responsive, the A6 Allroad is the perfect motorway crusier
Very comfortable over long distances thanks to a plush and well built interior
The new A6 Allroad is slightly larger than its predecessor
Build quality is top-notch and engines have proven to be reliable