Audi A6 allroad quattro 45 TDI lobs Down Under

Audi A6 allroad arrives in Australia

Despite the marketing speak that the A6 allroad quattro 45 TDI has a “flair for the great outdoors” it’s really best left for winery visits…

Meet the updated Audi A6 allroad quattro 45 TDI which has just arrived in Australia and is available now from $109,500 plus on-road costs. There’s plenty of talk in Audi’s press release about this thing being rugged but let’s be honest here, the A6 allroad is despite it’s genius quattro all-wheel drive system, best left for well graded dirt roads into a winery. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

It looks good and according to Audi there’s $15,000 worth of extras. There’s that big wide singleframe grille with the clever Matrix LED headlights, and some aluminium design flourishes. It rides on 20-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels and has an electric tailgate with gesture control, illuminated door sill trims (with aluminium inlays) and door LEDs with ‘allroad’ projection. I’m a sucker for a puddle lamp.

Sure, the Audi allroad has one of the best all-wheel drive systems on the planet and the adaptive air suspension system can be raised, dependent on the road speed and choice of driving mode (applied within the Audi drive select function) to improve ground clearance but this isn’t a rock hopper. I mean, the ground clearance is up to 184mm … a Subaru Outback offers more than 200mm.

Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder TDI engine producing 183kW and 600 Nm. The A6 allroad quattro can reach 100km/h from rest in just 6.5 seconds, returning 6.6 litres per 100km. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic.

On the inside, the new MMI Navigation system offers dual touchscreens (10.1-inch and 8.6-inch) and the marvellous (12.3-inch) Audi virtual cockpit. There’s wireless Apple and Android connectivity and four USB outlets (two in the front and two in the back).

The A6 allroad is well equipped but, like all European brands the cost-options list is long. But one of the packs worth considering, if you’ve got the coin, is the Premium plus package (from $8900) which includes, privacy glass for rear (and rear side) windows, HD Matrix LED headlights, electric steering column adjustment, panoramic glass sunroof, Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System, four-zone climate control (up from three-zone standard), LED colour interior lighting package and a choice of two 21-inch alloy wheel options.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.


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