Audi A6 Allroad Quattro estate: expensive car with serious pace

What the motoring press is saying about the Audi A6

LAST UPDATED AT 07:05 ON Thu 30 Aug 2012

Price: £49,445

Pros: Larger yet lighter than its predecessor, excellent build, loads of character and serious pace

Cons: More expensive than rivals, steering could be better, genuine off-road ability is there but it’s minimal

4.5/5, Carbuyer
"The Audi A6 Allroad Quattro takes the latest-generation Audi A6 Avant and gives it the off-road treatment. A 15mm increase in ride height allows greater approach and departure angles, while wheel arch cladding distinguishes it visually from the Audi A6 Avant on which it's based. There's adjustable air suspension standard across the range as well as specially tuned ESP and underbody armour. There are three diesels and one petrol variant, starting with the 201bhp 3.0-litre diesel, a 242bhp 3.0-litre diesel (expected to make up 86 per cent of sales) and a 306bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol. All of these engines are mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The most potent of the range is the 309bhp 3.0-litre BiTDI twin-turbo V6 diesel and it's the only motor to use the new eight-speed transmission."

4/5, Auto Express
"We drove the punchy 242bhp 3.0 TDI on German roads, and it delivered a slightly softer ride than the regular A6 Avant, even on optional 19-inch alloys. It handles almost as well thanks to the standard adjustable air-suspension, which lets you pick and choose ride height."

3/5, What Car?
"The petrol engine, too, gives strong performance, but only if you work it comparatively hard. Not only are the diesel engines more relaxing to drive, they’re easier on the ear, too, because you don’t have to keep the revs up as high for as much of the time as you do with the petrol." · 

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