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  • Launched in 2019
  • Estate
  • Diesel, Petrol
  • Launch year
    2019
  • Body type
    Estate
  • Fuel type
    Diesel, Petrol

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Capable estate with frustrating automatic.

Best bits

  • Incredibly comfortable big estate with air suspension
  • Ideal for towing with a 2500kg capacity
  • Beautifully designed modern interior

Not so great

  • Driving experience ruined by awful automatic gearbox
  • Large central tunnel in the back eats into foot space
  • 55 TSI engine is thirsty and very rare

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Overall verdict on the Audi A6 Allroad

"The original Audi A6 Allroad was one of the pioneers of the off-road estate concept and several generations on it seems Audi has refined the formula superbly well. Comfortable, technologically advanced and powerful, this is the ideal car if you want a car with a bit of a ‘lifestyle’ feel but want to avoid a big SUV."

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It takes the impressive Audi A6 Avant, adds an adjustable ride height, standard air suspension (meaning superb ride quality) and some plastic cladding around the wheel arches. Et voila, an estate with off-road pretensions. Sort of.


Of course, you aren’t going to be taking this thing off-road anytime soon. Unless it’s a grass verge next to the village fete. It does have things like hill descent and you can increase the ride height at low speeds, but don’t get any ideas the Audi A6 Allroad has proper off-road capability.


That’s not to say the A6 Allroad isn’t very capable. It’s an ideal car for towing for instance and can haul a 2500kg caravan. Plus it’s quiet and refined on the move, making for limo-like progress. It’s the kind of car that’s ideal for a big family trip across Europe. That’s helped by a huge boot and lots of interior space, so you can happily carry four adults in comfort.


The interior itself is beautifully designed and in our opinion, one of the best on the market, both in terms of appearance and useability. The twin touchscreens in the middle control most things and the infotainment system itself is well laid out and a doddle to use. 


The most popular models are the 45 TDI and 50 TDI, both powered by Audi’s excellent 3.0-litre TDI engine with bags of pulling power. There’s also a TSI petrol but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one.


So far so good then. But here comes the big problem – the gearbox. The tiptronic automatic that’s fitted as standard is hugely frustrating with a big delay in response at lower speeds. Slow down for a roundabout, then ask it to accelerate and you’re left with a big gap while nothing happens. Sadly, it overshadows the rest of the car.


While there’s lots to like about the A6 Allroad, not least its comfort levels, huge list of standard equipment and one of the best interiors around, we can’t get past how frustrating the gearbox is to use. It’s for this reason we think you’d be better off with a rival from Mercedes or Volvo.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Audi A6 Allroad (2012-2018) review.

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45 TDI 245 Quattro Sport 5dr S tronic [Tech]

  • Diesel
  • Semi-auto
  • Lookers Audi Camberley
  • Hampshire, GU146FE
RRP £56,935£56,799
PCP: £692.10/moDeposit cont. £7,500

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45 TDI Quattro Sport 5dr Tip Auto

  • 2021
  • 4,500 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall Audi Croydon
  • Surrey, CR52AR
Price:£55,890
PCP: £930.28/mo

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Is the Audi A6 Allroad right for you?

If you want a big family estate car that can do that bit more, the A6 Allroad is ideal. It’s the kind of car that suits having a roof box on top and a bike rack on the back. We think marketing people would call it a ‘lifestyle’ vehicle. Of course, you don’t have to tell anyone how often you actually use those bikes. It also doesn’t feel as bulky as a big SUV.


While it comes with quattro four-wheel drive, it’s certainly not an off-roader, despite what all that cladding on the wheel arches would like to suggest. There is hill descent control and the extra ride height, but what is more useful is the self-levelling air suspension, which makes the A6 Allroad not only hugely comfortable but also great for towing.

What's the best Audi A6 Allroad model/engine to choose?

The standard A6 Allroad Sport model comes with everything you need from a big estate like this. Stuff like leather seats which are electrically adjustable and have lumbar support, naturally, to LED ambient lighting, 19-inch alloys and privacy glass for the rear side windows. The latter isn’t just about style, it’s useful for cutting out bright sun in the back, handy for young kids on long summer drives.


We’d go for a Sport with the standard 45 TDI engine which is handily also the cheapest model in the range, although when you’re looking at a car that was £55,000 new, the word ‘cheap’ is all relative. It’s not worth paying extra for the 50 TDI engine.


Vorpsrung is the high-spec trim and would have cost £72,000 new. Ouch. It does come with pretty much every bell and whistle, so if you can get a deal on one, it’s a hell of a lot of car for the money. But unsurprisingly, they are few and far between. 

What other cars are similar to the Audi A6 Allroad?

The off-road-sort-of-estate car isn’t all that common so there’s only two direct rivals to the Audi A6 Allroad - the cheaper Volvo V90 Cross Country and the just as expensive Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain. The Volvo makes a strong case for itself for the money, although it doesn’t come with a 3.0-litre diesel. You can go smaller with something like the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.


If it’s a well equipped estate you’re after, the standard A6 Avant is probably all you need and comes with quattro all-wheel drive and the same engines. Alternatively you could look at a full-size SUV and there are no shortage of those to choose from like the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Mercedes GLE.


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Prices, versions and specification

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