Audi A6 allroad (2012 - present)

An all-wheel-drive all-rounder: the Audi A6 allroad combines off-roading and luggage-carrying capabilities

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Flexible, with a big boot and off-road ability
Efficient and powerful engines
Comfortable and well-equipped

Weaknesses 

More expensive than a standard Audi A6 Avant (estate)
Will struggle with tough off-roading
Lacks the high-driving position of a crossover
Best New Discount

Audi A6 Allroad Diesel Estate 3.0 bitdi quattro sport 5dr tip auto [tech]

Total RRP £58,895

Your quote £47,029

You Save £11,866

It looks like a standard big estate car but the Audi A6 allroad can take you on greater adventures than most family motors.

That’s because it’s designed to combine some of the off-roading ability of a big sports-utility vehicle (SUV) like the Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90, with the big boot and lower height of a normal estate car.

You might not have a high driving position, but neither do you have the Chelsea tractor image of an SUV. Fuel economy is better too because the car is lighter and more aerodynamic than taller vehicles. And the A6 allroad feels more agile than most off-roaders, which carry their weight higher off the ground, which can make them wallow and lean in corners.

It’s capable but understated - looking little different from a bog-standard A6 estate - that Audi says it’s the car of choice for some of its wealthiest customers, who don’t want to stand out.

To meet their demands, the interior of all A6 allroads is swathed in leather and comes with plenty of standard equipment (something of a rarity with Audi), including heated front seats, four-zone air conditioning, sat-nav and a motorised bootlid.

Like all crossover cars that blend elements from family cars and off-roaders, the A6 allroad does involve some compromises: being a jack-of-all-trades does mean that it’s a master of none.

For example, its four-wheel-drive off-road system is advanced and includes air suspension that can raise the car an extra 45mm onm rough surfaces. But the A6 allroad still sits closer to the ground than most SUVs. If you try taking it through ruts and ditches, the car’s bodywork is more likely to grind and scrape against the surroundings, and eventually get stuck more easily than a taller car, such as a Land Rover Discovery or Toyota Land Cruiser.

For most people, that’s not going to be a problem: these aren’t the conditions that you find on many gravel tracks, snowy roads or muddy fields that count as the only off-road driving that most of us do.

And that air suspension has a benefit in terms of ride comfort. gliding over bumps and dips in the road for a smooth ride. The car’s powerful diesel engines also make it surprisingly quick.

As a straightforward estate car, the A6 allroad, has a large 564-litre boot that expands to 1,680 litres when the rear seats are lowered. It’s a little larger than a BMW 5 Series (560 litres), but behind the cheaper Skoda Superb, which has a 633-litre boot.

It may not be the best car for a specific situation, but if you need to carry bulky loads off the beaten track, or through all weather, then this might just be the ticket.

Last Updated 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 14:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
36 months / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
565 litres (seats up) 1,680 litres (seats down)
Width: 
1,898mm
Length: 
4,938mm
Height: 
1,534mm
Tax: 
From F (£145 a year) to H (£300 in first year and £210 thereafter)

Best Audi A6 Allroad for... 

Audi A6 allroad quattro S tronic 218PS
This is the most economical version, with an official 51.4mpg. With 218 horsepower, it’s fast enough for most drivers.
Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic 272PS
If you’re regularly travelling with a fully loaded car, it’s worth looking at the most powerful engine, which is only 1mpg less efficient: a compromise worth making.
Audi A6 allroad 3.0 BiTDI quattro S tronic 320PS
The addition of an additional turbocharger means this twin-turbo variant pumps out enough power to enable a 5.5-second 0-62mph time, which feels pretty swift when you prod the throttle.

Audi A6 Allroad History 

  • July 2012 The first of the current generation of Audi A6 allroad cars arrive in Britain.
  • December 2012 The Sport trim is introduced, with more standard equipment, including brighter LED headlights.

Understanding Audi A6 Allroad car names 

  • A6 Allroad
  • Trim
    Sport
  • Engine
    3.0 BiTDI 320PS
  • Gearbox
    Tiptronic
  • Trim
    There are two trim levels, which dictate the amount of standard equipment that you get. The standard version doesn’t have a name. Sport cars are more expensive but have extra features.
  • Engine
    The engine size in given in litres (all A6 allroads have a 3-litre engine), and TDI indicates that they are diesel powered. Engines with two turbochargers have more power and are called BiTDI. Finally, the engine’s power is given in horsepower, which can also be written as PS.
  • Gearbox
    Automatic gearboxes are either badged S Tronic, indicating a gearbox with two clutches for smoother shifts, or tiptronic - an automatic gearbox fitted to the most powerful engine.

Audi A6 Allroad Engines 

The A6 allroad is available with just one engine option, a 3-litre diesel that’s powerful and economical.

You do have to make a choice because it’s available in three different power ratings. The base version produces 218 horsepower, which is more than adequate for a family car. It’s smooth, quiet and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds.

You can upgrade to a 272 horsepower engine, which lowers the 0-62mph time to just 6.2 seconds (faster than a VW Golf GTI’s 6.5 seconds), while still returning 50.4mpg.

The twin-turbo 320PS 3.0 BiTDI is even quicker, turning in a relatively blistering (for anything but a serious sports car) 5.5-second time acceleration time. The exhaust pipe also snarls, so the car sounds as fast as it is. Fuel economy does suffer, falling to 43.5mpg, but that’s still a creditable figure for an engine that can produce such performance.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

3.0 TDI 218PS

Diesel

51.4mpg

218hp

7.1sec

143mph

3.0 TDI 272PS

Diesel

50.4mpg

272hp

6.2sec

155mph

3.0 BiTDI 320PS

Diesel

43.5mpg

320hp

5.5sec

155mph

Audi A6 Allroad Trims 

A6 allroad, A6 allroad Sport

The A6 allroad was initially sold with just one trim level, with a standard specification that has a high level amount of equipment.
Standard features include the four-level adaptive air suspension that adjusts the car’s height for optimum performance, 18in alloy wheels, DAB digital radio, sat-nav, a wireless Bluetooth connection, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats,and four-zone air conditioning. Adaptive cruise control, which can maintain a set distance from the car in front is also included.

Buyers opting for Sport models introduced at the end of 2015 also receive LED headlights, which can be constantly set to high beam: the car will automatically dip the lights when traffic approaches. Other additional equipment includes 19in alloy wheels, tinted glass at the rear and a better quality leather on the seats.

Audi A6 Allroad Reliability and warranty 

The A6 allroad is something of a niche model and not sold in huge numbers, so it doesn’t appear in the 2016 Driver Power survey. The Audi brand does have a showing in the survey, but it isn’t as impressive as you might think for a premium manufacturer, appearing at 23rd place in the table of 32 carmakers.

The A6 allroad is backed by Audi’s standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is comparable with its German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz. There are certainly better warranties on the market (Kia offers seven years, Hyundai offers five), but not at the premium end of the market and not at the moment.

Used Audi A6 Allroad 

The A6 allroad has been on sale for four years at time of writing, but the fact that new sales volumes aren’t high means that there’s not exactly an abundance of examples on the used market. Expect to pay somewhere in the region of £24-28K for a three-year-old car, with around 36,000-50,000 miles on the clock. Newer cars (around a year to 18 months old) can be as relatively inexpensive as £32K-34K, or as much as £44K, depending on specification and mileage.

However, there are deals to be done on new cars that could make them a better option than used, with more than £11,000 discounts available from the best Audi A6 allroad deals.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Audi A6 allroad deals or search for new and used Audi A6 allroad offers

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for economy

Price

£46,505

£36,757

£32,750

N/a

N/a

Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic 218PS

Save

21%

29.6%

N/a

N/a

Best for families

Price

£48,065

£38,067

£34,788

N/a

N/a

Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic 272PS

Save

21%

27.7%%

N/a

N/a

Best for performance

Price

£51,895

£42,127

N/a

N/a

N/a

Audi A6 allroad 3.0 BiTDI quattro S tronic 320PS

Save

19%

N/a

N/a

N/a

Prices correct at time of publication

Audi A6 Allroad Prices

3.0 bitdi quattro 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £43,170

You could save up to: £11130

3.0 bitdi quattro 5dr tip auto [tech]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £44,005

You could save up to: £11290

3.0 tdi 218 quattro 5dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,481

You could save up to: £10294

3.0 tdi 272 quattro 5dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £39,491

You could save up to: £10544

3.0 tdi [218] quattro 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,645

You could save up to: £10135

3.0 tdi [272] quattro 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,655

You could save up to: £10385

Audi A6 Allroad Sport

3.0 bitdi quattro sport 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £46,194

You could save up to: £11706

3.0 bitdi quattro sport 5dr tip auto [tech]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,029

You could save up to: £11866

3.0 tdi 218 quattro sport 5dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,505

You could save up to: £10870

3.0 tdi 272 quattro sport 5dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,515

You could save up to: £11120

3.0 tdi [218] quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £40,669

You could save up to: £10711

3.0 tdi [272] quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,679

You could save up to: £10961