Audi’s “Q” lineup of SUVs has blossomed in recent years to include everything from a tiny Q2 to the swoopy Q8, along with a pair of E-Tron electric SUVs. It doesn’t mean the Ingolstadt brand has put cars on the back burner as the lineup as remained pretty much intact, without any model cuts. Even though crossovers and SUVs are all the rage these days, Audi still offers two solid alternatives to the Q models – the A4 Allroad and A6 Allroad. Well, maybe three if we include the crossover-inspired A1 Citycarver, although it lacks Quattro.
The folks over at Autogefuel spent some time with Audi’s biggest SUV alternative by doing a thorough review of the A6 Allroad Quattro. Originally launched more than 20 years ago, the all-rounder looks better than ever and this one had the wheel arch trims finished in Scandium Gray. Alternatively, they can be optionally painted in the same color as the rest of the body or in glossy black. This particular example sat on 20-inch wheels, but you can go as low as 18 inches or as high as 21 inches, depending on region.
The underbody protection at the front and rear along with the vertical slats of the grille are exclusive to the A6 Allroad Quattro. Of course, the biggest change compared to the standard Avant is the raised suspension as the body is up to 45 millimeters (1.8 inches) to offer a generous ground clearance of 139 mm (5.5 inches). The adaptive air suspension comes as standard, and so does Quattro all-wheel drive.
While the version tested by Autogefuel had a diesel engine, Audi does sell the A6 Allroad Quattro in some parts of the world with a gasoline engine. The US model, for example, packs a 3.0-liter V6 TFSI with 335 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) on tap. Although less smooth than the gasoline engine, the diesel has the advantage of packing more torque while being impressively economical. The reviewer mentioning fuel consumption can be as low as 5.5 liters / 100 km (42.7 miles per gallon).
Autogefuel finds the A6 Allroad to be a “flawless driving experience” with a silky smooth ride thanks to the air suspension and the comfortable seats. Later in the video, the TDI engine is put to the test in an acceleration test all the way up to over 124 mph (200 km/h) to show the advantages of having loads of torque. It pulls strong and makes for an effortless Autobahn cruiser.
Ultimately, the reviewer finds the A6 Allroad to be quite possibly the ideal wagon thanks to its all-rounder character, offering just about everything you need without having to buy more than just one car.