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Road Test: 2012 Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic

July 16, 2012

Audi A6 allroad 2012_07Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic. This long model name reveals that the latest A6 allroad comes as fully packed. Actually, to make the list perfect, it could be continued with the air suspension. Now in its third generation, the new Audi A6 allroad is 4.94 meters (16.21 ft) long, 1.90 meters (6.23 ft) wide and 1.47 meters (4.82 ft) tall. So it is just marginally bigger than the A6 Avant. The special features in the exterior are the single-frame grille with vertical slats, more widely flared fenders, front and rear underbody covers made of stainless steel, two flattened exhaust tailpipes and the roof rails mounted on double bars. The wheel well edges, the bumpers and the sills are painted in a contrasting colour. Audi offers  LED technology as an option for the headlights and tail lights and the xenon plus headlights can be combined with adaptive light feature.

There are four V6 engines available for the new Audi A6 allroad. They all have a displacement of 3.0-litres, all are charged and feature direct fuel injection. Three of the engines are TDI diesels delivering 204 hp, 245 hp and 313 hp. The only petrol variant, the TFSI delivers 310 hp. So no matter which one you choose, you can’t really make a bad choice. Even this 204 horsepower version offers quite nice performance. The acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 7,5 seconds and the top speed is 223 km/h. As the top torque of 450 Newton metres is available between 1250 and 3000rpm, there is really no need to use a lot of revs when accelerating, which greatly improves driving enjoyment. In addition to the nice performance, this diesel also offers good fuel efficiency. The average fuel consuption is 6,1 l/100 km (38.56 US mpg) and the CO2 emissions are just 159 g CO2/km. Not bad for a big car with powerful engine, automatic transmission and quattro four-wheel drive.

The most powerful 313 hp TDI comes with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The other two diesels and the petrol engine are paired with a seven-speed S tronic transmission. S tronic is a dual-clutch transmission, which works like an ordinary automatic. The fast-shifting S tronic is a nice combination with a turbocharged petrol engine offering a sporty driving experience, but it’s not always as comfortable as the tiptronic. If I could choose, I would have probably chosen the tiptronic for this diesel engine, but this S tronic isn’t bad either. The S tronic offers comfortable D and sporty S driving modes. In addition, you can operate this fast shifting transmission manually via gear lever or optional paddles on the steering wheel.

The adaptive air suspension, which combines air suspension with controlled damping, comes as standard. With the air suspension, the ground clearance can be changed as much as 60 millimetres. The air suspension provides comfortable, but not too soft ride. There is a little bit body roll in tighter corners, but nothing to spoil the driving fun. With the Audi drive select system, the driver can change the settings of the steering, air suspension, throttle response and automatic transmission between five different drive modes; comfort, dynamic, efficiency, allroad and auto. Dynamic is the sportier setting, while the efficiency targets for lower fuel consumption. The new A6 allroad comes as standard with an electromechanical power steering, which isn’t as accurate as you would hope for. The dynamic steering, which adjusts the steering ratio to the speed driven, is available as an option.

Specification

Engine

  • Diesel
  • 6-cylinder
  • 2967cc
  • Turbo

Power

  • 150 kW (204 hp) / 3250-4500rpm

Torque

  • 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) / 1250-3000rpm

Transmission

  • 7-speed automatic
  • AWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 7.5 seconds

Top speed

  • 223 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 6.1 l/100km
  • 38.56 US mpg

CO2 emissions

  • 159 g/km

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