This week on Today Engine we get behind the wheel of the Audi A6 allroad quattro 3.0 Bi-TDI. it Is the family farm that we will find in the range and test it in its most powerful version. To find the origins of this model we will have to travel up to the year 1999, when was presented the first generation. This break with skills off-road it was all a precursor to that a decade later would end up inspiring the Audi A4 allroad.
Currently, 17 years later, we’re going through the third generation and the philosophy remains the same. It takes the Audi A6 Avant and you are including items to give a touch more country. What is certain is that lately, in the Spanish market, the family members have been displaced by the boom of the SUV. This A6 allroad quattro could be a solution to many undecided, because it will be matched or even exceed in versatility to the popular SUV.
As we said, the Audi A6 allroad will have quite a few differences with respect to a A6 Avant either. In paragraph aesthetic the first thing that attracts attention will be the black plastic that surround all of the low body. But wait a moment, in the photos I don’t see anything black, you’re probably thinking. We also what we think of when we saw our unit tests. And is that Audi allows you to as an option to paint these protections plastic the color of the body.
What is certain is that we are not convinced the result. It subtracts much of the personality that you have, as it makes it much easier to confuse it with a A6 Avant either. Although this unit lose that distinctive touch, we assume that most customers will leave the black in their protections, increasing the robustness of the set. It also helps that committed the metal protections at the bottom of the front and behind.
If you continue to talk about the front of the vehicle are the same headlights that we see in any Audi A6, more dynamic and sharp than in the past. The great grille Singleframe has the vertical slats in chrome which also give distinction to this model. Our unit wears a huge 20-inch wheels (18-inch as standard), and in the ceiling we can see a few bars also chromed. In its elongated silhouette contrast the crystals darkened.
We passed behind where will go almost unnoticed not for a couple of details. The rear headlights are the same as in the A6 Avant, as well as the shapes of the gate. But at the bottom there will be other metal protection, acting as a diffuser, which includes a two outputs of the exhaust in stainless steel. There will be another sign of identity that will be captured by the expert eye or for those always accompanied by a meter. The body has been elevated, as will be discussed later.
To travel as a marquis
One of the qualities that highlight this Audi A6 allroad will be by your great habitability. Outside measuring 4,93 metres long, 2.08 meters wide (with mirrors) and 1,53 meter high including the bars. It also has a wheelbase of 2.90 meters, which can have a space considerable. In the squares in front are feel as if we were in cinema seating. Although these will be better, as the seats are heated, ventilated and have the function of massage.
The rear seats are not far behind and also provide a lot of comfort. Especially if we talk about the side, where the space for our knees, and head is more than remarkable. If we happen to travel in the central square you can spend some trouble, as it is quite more narrow than the other two. In addition, we find a tunnel of transmission is very wide and that will make it harder to access. The positive part is that we will have a separate driver climate control and air vents up in the pillars.
If we looked at the trunk you will find a space with 565 litres of capacity. Their lines are straight, and the mouth of the cargo is in a position accessible to anyone, allowing to load heavy objects with ease. The gate is electrically operated and the rear tray folds in one-each time it is opened. The trunk of the A6 allroad will have an advantage that will more practical, the guides which can be mounted a few bars to divide the space at our whim.
This modularity outstanding comes with other extras such as hooks portabolsas or networks of subject. There will be No more sub-funds, if we raise the trunk lid you will find the spare wheel ‘biscuit’, something to be thankful now that most include the kit reparapinchazos. If we seek the maximum space we can fold the rear seats and it will remain a surface virtually flat 1.680 liters.
Everything you need
we All know of the good work Audi with the interiors of its vehicles. Do not forget that we are in an A6, and this means that both the equipment, such as the quality of their materials will be outstanding. This allroad does not cease to be a superior finish, so that we will find many elements that would not be in a A6 Avant basic. Also keep in mind that our unit tests he carried virtually all of the extras that we find in the catalogue.
unfortunately this model came on the market a few years ago and in your car, you can’t see the Virtual Cockpit that appears in most cars today. In place of the digital instrumentation, we will have two analog clocks, and between them a color screen of 7 inches that makes the on-board computer. The multimedia system will be the MMI Navigation plus (3.285 euros) that is handled through the 8-inch screen is displayed on the upper center console.
This screen will not be necessary for the mess up with our fingers, since that is controlled by the MMI Touch that is located just below the shift lever. This screen we will be able to fight it when we want, with the touch of a button, leaving the dashboard clean and without that hardly will note your site. We also have below the screen, a small keypad to control some of the dynamic aspects of the vehicle and are located below the controls climate control of four zones (990 euros).
When we start the vehicle we can see that the front of the dash, attached to the moon and on both sides, you will find two small bumps. Do not be alarmed, this is two tweeters, sound system Bang&Olufsen (7.330 euros). These two tweeters are part of the network of 15 speakers that are scattered around the interior and get a power of 1,200 watts. The subwoofer will be hidden in one of the sides of the trunk. Thanks to this system, the cabin is becomes a concert hall with a clear sound and of quality.
driving aids will also be at the height of what is expected in this type of vehicle. lights Matrix LED (2.590 euros) will make night driving a pleasure. When you have adaptive headlights we will not dazzle the other vehicles. We also have lane-keeping assistants (735 euros), recognition of signs, adaptive cruise control (€1,880) or Audi park assist (1.430 euros). Our unit didn’t have it, but you can even equip wizard of night vision.
An equipment of the most complete which is accompanied by the maximum quality. The materials have been selected with care and the result is more than satisfactory. The upper part of the dashboard receives plastics soft touch pleasant, and the lower part other drives are not bad. Our unit had a spectacular leather brown for the upholstery and also the roof and the doors were covered in Alcantara to match. The inserts in wood/aluminium, Beaufort black (2.405 euros) gave the touch of distinction and luxury.
3.0 Bi-TDI 320 HP
As we said in the beginning of the test, we put at the wheel of the Audi A6 allroad quattro is most potent of all: the 3.0 Bi-TDI 320 HP. Currently, the range of engines of this model is composed by a single diesel mechanical with several levels of power. The 3.0 V6 TDI can be chosen initially with 218 and 272 HP respectively. But thanks to the installation of a second turbo it appears this is a new option top of range. If the other two configurations seem to be enough, our mechanical pulls and muscle performance.
This six-cylinder develops 320 HP and 650 Nm of torque between 1,400 and 2,800 rpm. This engine is linked to the automatic change tiptronic eight-speed, while the versions that are less potent, they are left with the case S tronic seven gears. The features of this family will be over for a lot of sports, because it accelerates 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and its maximum speed is limited to 250 km/h. Of course all of the Audi A6 allroad are accompanied by the all-wheel drive quattro permanent.
When we get behind the wheel in this issue, we start the engine and see that the speedometer dials up to 300 km/h we realize that it is not mucus from turkey. The response of the V6 engine is strong, very full from low revs. The slightest hint of our right foot will be off the ground in the huge family with an ease astounding. And that’s the A6 allroad quattro exceeds by little the two tons of weight.
This leads to it to be fast in any kind of way and that this a stability outstanding. Note that it has done a good job at the chassis level because it solves the curves with a poise exemplary. We will have to be attentive to the instrumentation controlling the speed, because the interior the feeling is diluted. We may think that we’re going 120 km/h but in reality we are surpassing legal speeds, thanks to its good soundproofing and composure.
In this way, the Audi A6 allroad becomes a vehicle in which to travel is very pleasant, it does not weigh the miles. The change tiptronic eight-speed transmission is very smooth and the gears will happen in an almost imperceptible way. If we want to get the most out of it will suffice to use the cams that we have behind the wheel and enjoy. The driving modes of the Audi Drive Select modify your answer and we help you to adapt to different situations.
We will be able to choose between six modes: allroad, efficiency, comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. The first will be for use off road and then we’ll talk about it. With dynamic endureceremos the steering and suspension, the throttle will be more sensitive and the marches apurarán much more. That will be when we want to enjoy on a twisty road. In contrast to when we want to travel without spending a lot, we will put the mode efficiency, which softens all the parameters. With him and on the motorway the fuel consumption will be between 6 and 7 liters. In another type of course spending goes up, as a reference we we made an average of 9.7 l/100km in the week that we share.
is Also off-road?
At this stage of the test many estareís looking at the Audi A6 allroad quattro as a real alternative to an SUV. If you are someone who once in a while it makes a getaway out of the asphalt, with this family you will not have nothing to fear. One of the keys will be the air suspension adaptive that comes standard in this model. On road it behaves like a magic carpet and just irritated the imperfections of the asphalt. On the contrary, in path ‘swallow’ any bump or stone without any type of miramiento.
The Audi Drive Select also will. This means that in the way dynamic located the body 15 millimeters closer to the ground, while in mode allroad will rise 35 millimeters extra to be able to avoid potential obstacles. If to this we add the all-wheel drive quattro, no ramp is safe even if the conditions are bad. In addition will provide an extra safety on the road. This way, you could say that we met with one of the vehicles more versatile that we have conducted.
In this way we arrive at the end of the test of the Audi A6 allroad quattro 3.0 Bi-TDI, and tap draw conclusions. We have encountered a variant of the family that has more character. Aesthetically it will be easy to differentiate regarding the A6 Avant, although our unit had guards in body color and spent more unnoticed. The interior space and livability were the same and highlighted in places, front and rear, but especially in its luggage compartment of 565 liters.
Dynamically will be very balanced and the motor 3.0 Bi-TDI 320 HP a delight. With the change tiptronic eight-speed go enough power and smoothness to all situations. The all-wheel drive quattro and air suspension will expand their borders, doing that can be useful in any kind of terrain. The driving modes of the Audi Drive Select will change your response and we will have a car ‘different’ for every occasion.
even Though the series model part of 63,400 persons euros, if we opt for the mechanical more powerful as is our case, the bill goes up to the 75.310 euro. What we consider a price is quite high taking into account that serial your equipment is not so much as you might expect. Playing with the configurator, and selecting all the extras we had our unit test, we get that we are behind the wheel of a car of about 120,000 euros. So goes the world of luxury, it must be borne in mind that for the price of the optional, we could have another family member generalist totally new.
Equipment Audi A6 allroad quattro
- alloy Wheels of 18 inches
- Headlights xénon
- rear headlights LED
- Protections plastic in the body
- roof rails
- Mouldings with inserts in aluminium
- sports leather steering Wheel multifunctional
- rear-view Mirrors with electric adjustment and heated
- automatic Climate control
- Trunk with opening and closing electric
- MMI Radio Plus
- System driver information 7 inch
- cruise Control
- air Suspension adaptive
- Audi Drive Select
Price Audi A6 allroad quattro in Spain
|3.0 V6 TDI||218 HP||AT 7v||63,400 persons €|
|3.0 V6 TDI||272 HP||AT 7v||67.620 euros|
|3.0 V6 Bi-TDI||320 HP||AT 8v||75.310 euro|
the Opinion of the editor
- ride Comfort
- quattro across the range
- Protections of the color of the body
- standard Equipment
- Price of extras
Gallery of images of the Audi A6 allroad quattro
Audi A6 Allroad