America loves Audi Allroads for some reason. We hate wagons and won’t buy them but if car companies pretend wagons are rugged by added pseudo-rugged body cladding and a slightly taller ride height, we jump all over them. Use words like “Allroad” or “All Terrain” and we drool like a dog does for bacon. Because of this fact, the Audi A6 Allroad is finally back in the ‘States. But how does it stack up against the original?
In this new review from Top Gear, we get to see how the old, original Audi A6 Allroad compares to the all-new one, to find out if the new car can match the magic of the old one.
Admittedly, the Audi A6 Allroad doesn’t seem very attractive on paper. In reality, though, it’s a lovely car to putter around in on a daily basis. It’s essentially the same as an A6 Avant; comfortable, smooth, spacious and good looking; just with some added ride height to handle pesky potholes and a more commanding view of the road. It’s an A6 Avant with less stress, in a nutshell.
According to TG, though, it’s the original car that actually manages to be better. There’s a wonderful smoothness to the way it drives, mostly due to that engine. The new Audi A6 Allroad gets a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 with 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. However, the original car uses a 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8, the same one used in the original Audi S8. That gives it a lovely, silky-smoothness that simply can’t be matched in a modern turbocharged V6. It also sports a fantastic V8 growl.
Combine that engine with better outward visibility, physical controls and a lack of distracting technology and the old car is the one that TG would prefer to drive. It can also be found with a six-speed manual, at least here in the ‘States, which is awesome.
[Source: Top Gear]