What is it?
That penultimate suffix denotes something rather simple. It is, in a nutshell, a higher riding A6 estate.
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.
The new one only comes as a 3.0-litre V6; Audi is offering the petrol 307bhp V6 that hits 62mph in 5.9 seconds, and three versions of the V6 diesel, in 200bhp, 240bhp and 309bhp variants. That last unit is a twin-turbo and pushes out 479lb ft of torque, coaxing the allroad to go from 0-62mph in 5.6 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 (especially the big petrol variant) but residuals are rock solid. Not cheap, but preferable to the horrid Q7 mothership.