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The Top Gear car review:Audi A6 Allroad
For:Decent off-road and doesn't fall apart on it, either. Typical Audi quality
Against:Pricey if you get carried-away with the options list
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All the car you’ll ever need, goes places an estate car has no business going. Engine is excellent, too
Marketing spiel, a highly virulent virus in the motoring industry, is in mercifully short supply on the launch of the all-new Allroad.
What we say:
The perfect car for people who need an SUV, but don't want one. Subtly refreshed for 2015, the A6 Allroad blends decent on-road ability with more off-road prowess than you might expect
What is it?
This is the third generation of Audi’s SUV-estate pioneer. It’s been mildly facelifted for 2015 but the formula remains the same: slightly higher ride-height, beefier body styling, tough wheelarch protectors and plenty of understated refinement for those who need an SUV but don’t want one.
Doesn’t fall apart in the corners, crucially. A dynamic suspension setting lowers it by 15mm from normal (the total adjustment in off-road mode is 60mm), so it handles as nimbly as a standard A6 Avant, plus rides that bit better, too.
Stick the Allroad in ‘comfort’ mode and it’s pretty much as good as it gets. Audi build quality means there’s little noise and loads of space for five folk, plus saddles and bottles of horse wax.
All the engines are greener and faster for 2015. The only engines available are three versions of the same V6 diesel, in 218bhp, 272bhp and 320bhp variants. That last unit is a twin-turbo and pushes out 479lb ft of torque, coaxing the allroad to go from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds.
On the inside
The Allroad offers the same amount of space as an A6 Avant. Which is a lot. And because this car can cover lots of bases as an SUV/car hybrid, it’s possibly one of the most useful things in production.
As with all current Audis, the general quality is very high. They seem to have nailed this car-building business.
Fuel economy isn’t great across the range but residuals are rock solid. Not cheap, but preferable to the horrid Q7 mothership.