ALLROAD OFFERS PUNCH
Audi’s latest is a good alternative to the Q5, PETER BARNWELL writes
WE turn the spotlight on the car world’s newest and brightest stars as we ask questions to which you want answers. But there’s only one question that really needs answering would buy one?
WHAT IS IT?
This is Audi’s medium-large A6 wagon with a touch of off-road toughness. It an alternative to the Audi Q5 SUV in traditional wagon mould rather than high riding ``fourbie.’’
The Allroad was recently refreshed with exterior and interior styling changes tweaks to the powertrain. It’s a good looking beast that’s for sure.
They ``trimmed’’ the price to $111,900 for latest version but it’s a whole lot of luxury wagon with looks that scream class and performance to match from its diesel engine, interestingly, the lower-tech, lower-output version.
WHAT ARE COMPETITORS?
BMW 5-series wagon if they still offer one, Benz E-Class they still one and a whole range of SUV’s often at less money.
WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET?
Plenty of power comes from the hi-tech 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel rated at 160kW/500Nm. That’s not a huge amount compared with some but the Allroad accesses most of this output from low engine speeds
which gives an excellent drive feel. The engine has auto stop/start and drives all four wheels through a slick seven speed dual clutch “auto”.
A freewheeling (sailing) mode that selects neutral on the move operates freeway saving even more fuel.
HOW DOES IT GO?
Plenty of punch everywhere, minimal noise, smooth auto, grip, quite sporty actually for a big 1900kg wagon. The air suspension also helps.
IS IT ECONOMICAL?
Surprisingly good at a mere 5.6 litres/100km for the combined mode. That figure would have been unthinkable from car like this decade ago.
IS IT GREEN?
Yes, passes the forthcoming EU6
IS IT SAFE?
Five big ones augmented by a healthy amount of driver assist technology in standard form. It’s all upgradeable (at extra cost) with five option packages.
IS IT COMFORTABLE?
Supremely comfortable — leather, four-zone climate control, premium 10 speaker audio, up-to- the-minute technology including a virtual drive information system projected between the speedo and tacho. Comprehensive infotainment expansive luxury kit right down to the interior lighting.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Awesome. We love the look of it, the fuel economy, get go from
strong diesel, smooth shifting transmission and supple ride.
IS IT VALUE FOR MONEY?
Not against Audi’s own Q5 range.
WOULD WE BUY ONE?
Yep, if we’d won that $70 million lottery a few weeks back, one would definitely be in the garage.