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Audi A6 Allroad

£45,555£55,475
7/10
Overall verdict

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
The Audi A6 Allroad is possibly the most universal-use machine on the road today – drive this and then try to justify a Range Rover.

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3.0 BiTDI Quattro 5dr Tip Auto

£49,715
7/10
42mpg
5.60s
313bhp
176g/km

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. 

Driving

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.

Owning

Fuel economy isn’t great across the range but residuals are rock solid. Not cheap, but preferable to the horrid Q7 mothership.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
3.0 BiTDI Quattro 5dr Tip Auto
5.5s 172g/km 43.5 320 £51,775
The cheapest
3.0 TDI [218] Quattro 5dr S Tronic
7.3s 149g/km 50.4 218 £45,555
The greenest
3.0 TDI [218] Quattro 5dr S Tronic
7.3s 149g/km 50.4 218 £45,555

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

8/10

Skoda Octavia Estate

£17,430£29,060
Skoda Octavia Scout. Does the same job as the A6 Allroad, but for half the money