Vijay Pattni11 January 2012

Audi A6 allroad quattro revealed

If you’re fed up of clearing hateful notes off your SUV’s windscreen, the allroad is for you

Audi A6 allroad

In the wake of the all-conquering Range Rover Evoque - which we made our car of 2011 - this new Audi A6 allroad quattro seems a bit beige. But it still remains an immensely usable car and one that should question our nation's increasingly insatiable appetite for an all-singing, all-lumbering red-blooded SUV.

That penultimate suffix denotes something rather simple. It is, in a nutshell, a higher riding A6 estate. Or in Audi marketing speak, "...when the asphalt ends, it just keeps on driving".

How? FACTS: the new A6 allroad sits six centimetres higher than the standard estate and uses adaptive air suspension, lowering and raising that smart-looking body by 15mm and 35mm respectively when required. Visual indicators come via wider, flared arches, a single-frame grille, roof rails, together with stainless steel covers protecting the front and rear underbody.

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It only comes as a 3.0-litre V6; Audi is offering the petrol 310bhp V6 that hits 62mph in 5.9 seconds, and three versions of the V6 diesel, in 204bhp, 245bhp and 313bhp 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.

As the name suggests, you get all-wheel-drive, and Audi has paired the most powerful diesel to an eight-shifter auto, the other three engines using the seven-speed S tronic ‘box.

It'll go on sale in Germany from Spring 2012, with the entry level diesel costing €54,600 (approx £45k). Do you really need that SUV?

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