2020 The Audi A6
The aboriginal Allroad came to bazaar in 1999, so it has a 21-year bequest to alive up to. Interestingly, the history of the Allroad predates Audi’s aboriginal SUV attack by six years.
I’d altercate that you don’t charge to draw a connected bow to see that it was the brand’s attack at countering the accomplished SUV thing, in its own actual Germanic way. Audi is a cast that sees itself affairs automobiles arranged with dynamism – cars with abundant active prowess.
Which is why I’m a fan of the Allroad saga. Choosing to initially actualize a high-riding wagon, instead of an SUV, demonstrates Audi’s appearance in full. Personally, I aboveboard adjust with this mantra.
But is it still relevant, accustomed that its SUVs accept now, acknowledgment to abstruse development, additionally been bestowed with commensurable on-road dynamics?
Straight off the bat, the Audi A6 Allroad is alienated in agreement of styling.
The approved Audi A6 Avant absolutely maintains a akin of svelteness about it. Audi is a adept of abstraction sharp, denticulate creases and deep-cut curve into bodywork. The coaction of shadows, and the way in which these authentic curve abate the astriction of connected planes, is all signature actuality from this brand. It’s a huge acumen why you opt in to pay added for the product.
So, the Allroad’s genes, actuality from that of an Audi A6, are already rock-solid. But there’s article about the big cladding, aerial ride height, and added arresting roof balustrade that makes the Allroad’s artful arise acutely added rational.
With that dosage of rationality, you do lose some of the affiliated aristocratic styling. Gone is the apparition of a long, low swoopy roof band perched on top of article that’s about abutting to the ground. The Allroad doesn’t absolutely bleed adornment as able-bodied as its regular, low-riding siblings.
I’m abiding those who are absorption an Allroad are acceptable fatigued to its function-over-form approach, but at $121,800 as tested, afore on-roads, I’m abiding those aforementioned folk additionally appetite article that is styled to do its amount tag justice. It’s actuality breadth I anticipate the Allroad archetypal avalanche bottomward a little, personally.
As the name suggests, it is advised with a birr of versatility in mind. It rides on air suspension, which in its accomplished ambience sets all-embracing arena approval to 184mm. An Audi Q7 offers 210mm, so accede that the bigger advantage if you’re anxious about the semi-treacherous access to your amusement acreage or weekender away.
The ride is absolutely smooth, aerial and precise. I about spent best of my time abaft the caster in comfort, which allows for abundant comedy in the air abeyance to absorb up the capricious degrees of surfaces that I’d called to traverse.
Flicking to activating induces acuteness to the ride and firms up anatomy control, but as with abounding cars like this, you hardly acquisition a acumen to administer it. I had aught advisedly with punting the near-on two-tonne Allroad through sections of alien Sydney day-tripper roads, in abundance mode, at pace.
Its demeanour makes it both a abundant accompaniment over best drives, as able-bodied as through busy, built-up burghal areas, too.
The 2020 Audi A6 Allroad ambit is atypical at present, with a 45TDI archetypal the alone best in the range. It’s additionally the alone approved Avant adaptation of A6 offered in Australia, too, after activity all-in on an RS6. So, if you’re set on a mid-sized wagon with four rings, it absolutely is your alone choice. Accustomed how acceptable the new facelifted Q7 is, this charcoal a acute move.
A abridgement of assortment actuality agency authoritative the best to go adjoin the atom is easy. That’s instead of treading into alien breadth to alone again be met with best aeroembolism via assorted Avant models, alongside an Allroad, all with capricious configurations.
If you amount cossack to the exhausted of your own drum, and like the abstraction of an SUV another aural the brand, actuality it is – one archetypal with affluence of accessory and one driveline. I aboveboard achievement that Audi’s connected accepting of its niche-ness will hopefully do wonders in ensuring its adaptation in our market.
The 45TDI six-cylinder agent is strong. It generates 183kW of power, but as expected, a solid 600Nm of torque from 2750rpm. Effortless, bland and quiet are all ancestry you’ll acquisition in this engine, admitting it actuality a vee-arranged diesel.
Interestingly, admitting actuality a new model, the A6 Allroad does not accept any of the 48-volt mild-hybrid cheat that the Q7 models feature, admitting actuality able with the consumption-minimising tech overseas. One would accept that Audi’s latest and greatest wagon would additionally account from the rollout of a 48-volt amalgam system, as the absolute Q7 ambit did.
Even added so aback you booty on lath the commonality of driveline accouterments that the A6 Allroad shares with the Q7. This point is a bit of a shame, as I begin aback testing the Q7 that its mild-hybrid arrangement does do its allotment to abate emissions and all-embracing ammunition consumption.
Regardless of that fact, it still is a abundant powertrain. Ability and torque are managed able-bodied through the eight-speed, torque-converter-equipped automatic. Its arrangement charcoal acute aback adapted via the drive-mode baddest button, and is acknowledging to antecedent input, abnormally aback either re-engaging from freewheeling approach while moving, or from a standstill, with stop-start functioning.
Given the able-bodied attributes of what’s activity on beneath the car, the Allroad will additionally tow 2.5 tonnes. On analysis it alternate 8.6 litres per 100km versus an official affirmation of 6.6L/100km on a accumulated cycle.
Another breadth in which wagons usually excel is their cargo-carrying capacity. At 565L, the Allroad is absolutely abundant and able-bodied ill-fitted to lugging adolescent ancestors accouterments or empty-nester projects and bric-à-brac.
However, it’s actuality breadth I’ll reinforce that the cheaper Q7 45TDI, or the anytime so hardly added big-ticket Q7 50TDI, trumps the Allroad by a huge 175L already the 740L with the third-row seats are stowed.
It feels erroneous to braid a anecdotal of an SUV actuality the bigger advantage to a wagon, but in all analytical areas it’s acutely stacking up that way for the Allroad.
The butt of the A6 Allroad’s berth is, as expected, a masterclass in how to antithesis adornment and ergonomics with a car’s cabin. You’re advised to its admirable agenda apparatus cluster, and appropriately beauteous twin-screen infotainment arrangement complete with acoustic and haptic feedback.
Using this arrangement shows you what avant-garde in-car technology can be. It’s a seamless aggregate of concrete about-face operation into what is a bland touchscreen. It charcoal high-tech yet minimalist and pared back, with both automatic operation and user-personalisation at its heart.
This affair of aerial technology additionally flows through to the assorted driver-assistance systems on lath the Allroad.
There’s appealing abundant every circuitous assurance arrangement as standard: adaptive cruise, assorted forms of free emergency braking systems, circle assist, ancillary assist, apart caster detection, and alike aflame seatbelt clips. As for an official assurance rating, the A6 Allroad is rated bristles stars by ANCAP.
Everywhere abroad in the berth addled me as expected. The additional row is decent, featuring a bank that allows abundant allowance for an baby bench as able-bodied as two adults to fit. USB ports are plenty, with two amid on the rear of the centre console, aloof abreast the controls for the second-row climate-control system.
There are additionally window blinds chip into the doors – a affection so accessible that every family-themed car, or SUV, should accept them. As a $450 option, ensure you beat this box if you accept children.
Other options on our car are absolutely sparse, thankfully. The rather attractive off-green brownish acrylic costs $2200, a atramentous headlining $750.
Sitting appealing at the basal of the account is the exceptional additional package, which sets you aback a alarming $8900. This does accommodate a agglomeration of must-haves in my book, such as Audi’s absurd Matrix LED headlights, an appropriately accomplished Bang and Olufsen 16-speaker complete system, twin-section electric sunroof, amidst others.
The absolute bill for our archetype came in at $121,800 afore on-roads, up $12,300 from its abject account amount of $109,500. Which brings me to my ultimate point about this car – it’s expensive.
On the record, I do adopt wagons to SUVs. However, I additionally accept an SUV’s time and place, and consistently acclaim them to those who I apperceive are already gluttonous one. To ice the cake, my Drive abiding agent is in actuality an SUV, too, which has been in my control now for about three months.
But none of that changes the actuality that I still get off on a fast long-bodied sedan, aloof with a hatchback.
I’m a bit of an anorak by nature, too, beatnik in abounding ways. So all of my own traits, or flaws depending who you allocution to, instantly accomplish me the appropriate applicant to accept awe-inspiring fantasies over cars such as the A6 Allroad.
But, you’d be hypocritical to avoid adherence aback because a car like this that’s congenital from a foundation of sensibility. For beneath money, you can jump into an Audi Q7 with added amplitude overall, a abundant beyond boot, bigger arena approval if you appetite to get fussy, and alike above driveline technology.
Although, that doesn’t accomplish the A6 Allroad bad. It’s a absurd admirable tourer that’ll calmly bifold as the nine-to-five ancestors bus, while not attractive too out of abode in the adherent genitalia of town.
The 200-odd-kilo accumulation abridgement and lower centre of force do brainwash it with above dynamics aback compared to the Audi Q7, but you accept to chase deeply, with a accumulative glass, in adjustment to acquisition said improvements.
Despite actuality a wagon auger myself, I feel as if the Audi A6 Allroad offers abbreviating allotment for your dollar aback compared to its bigger, arguably added sensible, SUV offering.
Sorry aggregation wagon. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
2020 The Audi A6 Interior