There are people who like wagons. There are also people who like crossovers. Then there are those who want both, but want it in one package. Fortunately for them, cars like that exist, and one of them is the Audi A6 Allroad Quattro.
Following the release of the all-new A6 sedan and Avant (Audi's term for station wagon), it perhaps comes as no surprise that the raised Allroad Quattro would eventually follow suit. Like the two other body styles, the 2020 A6 Allroad Quattro has been completely redesigned from the ground up.
The timing of the wagon/crossover mix couldn't be any more perfect for Audi. Coincidentally, or perhaps on purpose, the launch of the new-generation A6 Allroad Quattro marks 20 years of Audi's original station wagon on stilts. First released in 1999, the fourth iteration follows the formula of its forebears, which is to be a higher riding, more comfortable, and more capable version of the standard A6 Avant.
In standard form, the A6 Allroad Quattro isn't exactly ready to hit the dirt. With just 139 mm of ground clearance, it isn't exactly a Range Rover rival. But the thing about the Allroad is that it's always had adjustable air suspension. In this case, you can raise the vehicle up to 199 mm, as the suspension can go up by another 60 mm. While Land Cruiser engineers won't lose any sleep over the Allroad's ground clearance, this Audi has a couple of clever features for those who will actually take it off the pavement.
For starters, it has hill descent control, along with what Audi calls Tilt Angle Assist. Essentially, it is a warning to the driver that the vehicle is at a risk of tipping over when taking on tough terrain. Also, its off-road mode adjusts the anti-lock brakes and stability control depending on the surface. The standard air suspension then adapts and reacts quicker to the conditions.
As for the look, it's much like the previous Allroad Quattros. There's a slightly different front bumper with a bit more adornments to make it look like it can take on rough roads. The side skits are also more pronounced over the standard models. In true crossover fashion, the entire lower half of the car is surrounded by unpainted cladding to give it an off-roader look. Its wheel designs are also exclusive to the A6 Allroad Quattro. Inside, it's largely carried over from the low-riding A6 Avant, save for unique patterns on the seats.
On to engines and, for the European market at least, it's a choice of three turbodiesels. All options come in a 3.0-liter V6 configuration, but with different power outputs. Each are also equipped with a mild-hybrid system as well. The base engine makes 231 PS and 500 Nm of torque, while mid-spec models get 286 PS and 620 Nm of torque. But those those who go for the range-topper, that engine puts out 349 PS and 700 Nm of torque. Fuel economy on the other hand ranges from 15.1 kilometers per liter to 17.2 kilometers per liter, according to factory figures.