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2020 Audi A6 allroad quattro Review

BODY TYPE: Station Wagon
The Audi A6 first saw daylight in 1994 as the carmaker’s new entry on the executive car segment. Considered to be the successor of the 100, the car is now offered in both sedan and wagon body styles.
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Five years after its launch in 1994, Audi decided to give the model a more off-road oriented variant, the allroad quattro. Since then, the success of the A6 nameplate extended to the allroad variant as well.

In June 2019, as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of the nameplate, Audi presented the fourth generation of the Audi A6 allroad quattro, a car meant to appeal to “customers that appreciate the combination of powerful design, extraordinary versatility and high comfort.”

1Exterior design & features

Over the years, the models wearing the allroad quattro name – Audi makes this variant for the A4 as well – have distinguished themselves by coming with unique traits and visual tweaks.

For the new A6 allroad quattro Audi promises an “off-road look that is even more striking than on the predecessor model.”

It all starts with the increased ground clearance. Compared to the A6 it is based on, the car sits 45 mm (1.8 inches) higher, coming with a standard ride height of 139 mm (5.5 inches).

The body of the car is meant to stand out thanks to the use of a low Singleframe grille at the front with vertical aluminum struts. This look is also used on the blade and the underbody protection gleam.

On the roof of the car sit the allroad-specific rails mounted on bars. The window slot trims, underbody protection, the diffuser trim and the band between the rear lights come in either black or aluminum look.

The standard A6 allroad quattro rides on 18-inch wheels, but optional 21-inch ones are also available.

The exterior look of the car can be further enhanced by going for one of two optional packages available - aluminum exterior package and the black styling package – or by going for the special 20 years allroad edition.

This variant, meant to be a celebration of the nameplate’s two decades on the market, adds exclusive 19-inch wheels, three new color choices - gavial green, glacier white, and Soho brown – and specific Audi rings and exterior mirror housings.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

The new A6 allroad quattro’s interior is described as being more customized than its predecessor. Available in three color options - black, pearl beige and okapi brown – the interior is elegant, but far from pretentious.

Audi used all sorts of materials to make the feel of the car unique. It deployed black cloth and partial leather for the seat upholstery and graphite, wood and aluminum inlays here and there. Optionally, the car can be specified in Alcantara/leather combination for the sport seats, aluminum pedals and illuminated door sill trims.

These are also the highlights of the special 20 years allroad edition.

3Gadgets

Technology-wise, this version of the A6 took a lot of inspiration from both the car it is based on but also from the bigger A7: essentially, the same infotainment options available for these models are to be found in the allroad.

There are two screens mounted on the center of the dashboard. The 10-inch screen - on the top of the line variant - is the main infotainment screen, while the 8.6-inch display beneath it is used to control climate control, comfort features and text input.

Optionally, the car can be fitted with the carmaker’s virtual cockpit that comprises a 12.3-inch display, controlled by means of the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel.

Voice control over some of the car’s features, LTE module, a Wi-FI hotspot and a head-up display round up the interfaces the A6 allroad quattro comes equipped with.

Not included in the standard A6, but available as an option, are navigation, emergency call and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

4Performance

There are only diesel engines available for the A6 allroad quattro. There are in all three variants, all based on the same 3.0-liter unit.

The entry-level engine develops 231 ps and 500 Nm of torque. In this configuration, the car can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Fuel consumption figures for this engine are 5.9–5.8 liters/100 km (39.9–40.6 mpg).

In the middle of the pack sits the 286 ps, 620 Nm engine. A tad faster than the previous one – 5.9 seconds acceleration time – this car has the same consumption figures as the entry level.

At the top of the list is the 349 hp, 700 Nm engine capable of delivering 5.2 seconds acceleration time and a fuel consumption figure of 6.6–6.4 liters/100 km (35 mpg).

All of the above engines are paired to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and come with a mild-hybrid system attached. Using it, all the variants achieve a reduction in fuel consumption of 0.4 liters/100 km.

5Safety

The A6 allroad quattro has been specifically built to handle the hardest of terrain, so most of the carmaker’s focus went into making it as safe as possible even in the harshest of environments.

The car is equipped with hill descent control and tilt angle assist as standard and uses what Audi calls progressive steering. In normal speak, that’s all-wheel steering.

At speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph), the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels to provide a reduced turn circle and better handling. At speeds exceeding that, they turn in the same direction as the front wheels, helping the car stay on track.

As an option, the A6 can be fitted with the so-called Tour assist package, which includes efficiency assist, adaptive cruise assist and emergency assist. Another package, City, adds intersection assist and the exit warning.

6Conclusion

Together with the other variants of the A6 (S6 and RS6) the allroad quattro is one of the heavy-lifters of the brand’s with four rings lineup. For the past decade or so, these cars accounted for around 80,000 of the total Audis sold each year, making them extremely important for the brand.

The new generation of the car goes on sale in June 2019 in Germany and several other European countries. In the home market, the price for the entry-level TDI version was set at €61,500.