Audi's pussycat doll - AUDI A6 Car Review

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Added: 26 May 2009
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BAD organisation I know but I have another large estate for you this week - Audi's A6 Allroad 4x4.

As you probably know, it's the A6 estate with quattro four wheel drive and raised suspension to cope with off-road work - not that the vast majority of owners spending nearly £40,000 on a car are likely to get it too muddy.

I drove the excellent three-litre V6 petrol which, despite a supercharger helping it produce a searing 285bhp, drives like a big lazy pussycat until it's aroused

Power goes via a six-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox and the latest version of Audi's quattro system and the levels of road holding and grip are stupendous.

There is very little roll despite the long travel suspension and it seems to grip forever, feeling like a much smaller and very focused sportscar.

The engine is hugely refined and amazingly subdued until the loud pedal is used to its full potential. Then it becomes a raging supercar, with acceleration to beat the band and a gently addictive engine note.

Interior

Only one trim is available on all the models in the Allroad range and that's pretty top of the tree.

It comes with air suspension, huge alloys, automatic lights and wipers and dual-zone climate. Electronic safety includes a stability control system designed to work on Tarmac and when off-roading.

The boot is vast and the seats fold very easily to make it bigger.

FAST FACTS

Audi A6 Allroad quattro

Price: £39,340

Mechanical: 285bhp, 2,995cc, 6cyl petrol engine driving four wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Max speed: 155mph

0-62mph: 6.3 seconds

Combined mpg: 29

Insurance group: 17

CO2 emissions: 225g/km

BIK rating: 33%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

Marks: 9/10

Main rival: Volvo XC70

Words: Peter Hayward

Keywords: Audi, a6