New 2019 Audi A6 Allroad: UK prices, specs, towing capacity and performance

The Audi A6 Allroad is an off-road estate offering all-wheel drive and diesel mild-hybrid power for greater economy and all-terrain ability

James Wilson
Oct 17, 2019

The 2019 Audi A6 Allroad is the fourth generation in a line of rugged all-wheel drive German estates. It will be available to order in the UK from August 2019 with prices expected to start at around £55,000. Initially, the A6 Allroad will be solely available as a mild-hybrid V6 diesel offered in two trim levels.

On top of the addition of hybrid battery power - which helps to reduce fuel consumption slightly - there is a raft of new technology, such as four-wheel steering (where the rear wheels turn along with the fronts) as well as features squarely aimed at those who want a car with off-road abilities. Adaptive air suspension (which can raise the ride height until it's 45mm higher than the standard A6 Avant) and powerful V6 diesel engines are just two of these.

Quick facts

  • Order books set to open in August 2019
  • Four-wheel steering available
  • Mild-hybrid technology as standard
  • Towing capacity of up to 2,500kg
  • Adaptive air suspension as standard
  • Prices estimated from £55,000

Some 20 years after the original debuted, the A6 Allroad hasn’t ventured from its core ethos. It's an upmarket estate which is equally at home when driving along a dirt track as it is driving from London to Berlin packed to the nines with luggage. It's not what you'd call affordable, but the market has shown that there is a healthy market who will happily pay the premium for an Allroad over a standard Audi A6 Avant – which starts around £41,000. Thankfully used Audi A6 Allroads start at well under £20,000 on BuyaCar, providing the same blend of high comfort levels with added off-road ability.

Audi launched the latest generation of the A6 back in 2018, so there are plenty of standard Avant and saloon models currently on the road. This means there are no massive surprises when it comes to the Allroad’s design, the bulk of which is carried over from its stablemates. That said, the Allroad is undeniably a stand-alone off-road model in the A6 range, so read on for the full details on its specifications, performance, interior and more.

 

2019 Audi A6 Allroad UK specifications

From launch Audi is offering the Audi A6 Allroad in two specifications, an entry-level Sport version and a range-topping Vorsprung model. As standard both models will come with Quattro all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension, the latter helping to raise and lower the car depending on the selected driving mode. Also included across the range is an electric tailgate (handy for filling the cavernous boot) and 19-inch alloy wheels.

There are a number of cosmetic additions which are exclusive to the Allroad. Starting on top of the car there are a pair of roof rails, while lower down you will find aluminium-look underbody protection and body cladding. The underbody and wheel arch cladding, higher ground clearance and unique front grille are all supposed to give the A6 Allroad a more ‘go-anywhere’ look.

Vorsprung models boast an all-wheel steering system which turns the rear wheels in a different manner depending on vehicle speed to boost agility and stability. At speeds up to 37mph, the rear wheels turn in an opposite manner (up to five degrees) to the fronts, helping reduce the A6 Allroad’s turning circle - useful in a large estate car which measures in at nearly five metres long.

At higher speeds, however, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the fronts (up to two degrees) which helps keep the car stable when executing high-speed manoeuvres, such as changing lanes on a motorway.

There are six driving modes to choose from – dynamic, automatic, comfort, efficiency, Allroad and lift. Each of these adjusts the car’s performance to best suit a specific driving style. For example, those wanting the best economy would opt for efficiency mode, while those looking to ford a river would select lift mode for the greatest ground clearance.

There are two driver assistance packages on offer. First up is the Tour Assist package which offers efficiency assist (aimed at improving economy), adaptive cruise control and emergency assist (which brakes the car when it detects an imminent collision). The second pack is called the City Pack which aims to help drivers avoid accidents in situations commonly found in urban environments.

2019 Audi A6 Allroad dimensions

The fourth-generation A6 Allroad is not a small car. It measures in at 4.95 metres long, 1.90 metres wide and 1.50 metres high. In both auto and comfort driving modes, the air suspension remains in its standard position, providing ground clearance of 139mm, which can increase to 184mm at speeds up to 22mph to help when crossing rough terrain.

In the ‘Allroad’ driving mode and up to speeds of 49mph, this Audi sits higher providing ground clearance of 169mm. In contrast, at speeds of 74mph and above the ride height drops to 124mm to boost fuel economy. Hill descent control and tilt angle assist are included as well – both of which are designed to help drivers negotiate steep inclines.

Hill descent control will maintain a vehicle speed between 1.2mph to 18.6mph when heading down steep hills, with the driver able to select a set speed. Meanwhile, tilt angle assist provides information to the driver about the current angle of the car, displaying a warning if there is a chance of the vehicle rolling.

2019 Audi A6 Allroad prices

The new Audi A6 Allroad will be available to order from August 2019 and is expected to start at £55,000 for Sport models. While there has been no confirmation for Vorsprung model pricing, you can expect these versions to command a significant premium over the Sport options.

2019 Audi A6 Allroad performance

From launch, drivers have the option of two 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines which are labelled as 45 TDI and 50 TDI unit – both of which come with Audi’s mild-hybrid technology. Such hybrid systems use the engine’s starter motor to provide a power boost useful for setting off from a standstill and filling in any gaps in engine performance during gear changes.

The hybrid system can recapture energy during braking and put it back into the onboard lithium-ion battery pack. Audi has claimed the same economy and CO2 emissions for both V6 engines – 47.9mpg and 156g/km of CO2. The hybrid system is claimed to save up to 0.4 litres of fuel per 62 miles – which in reality translates into a tank of fuel saved every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.

The 45 TDI produces 228hp and 500Nm of torque allowing a speedy 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. The 50 TDI unit, however, produces an even more substantial 282hp and 620Nm of torque. The increase in power and torque reduces the 0-62mph sprint time by 0.8 seconds to a rapid 5.9 seconds. However, the top speed remains the same at an (albeit limited) 155mph.

Both engines put their power through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s permanent Quattro all-wheel drive. Irrespective of engine choice, the 2019 Audi A6 Allroad is able to tow up to 2,500kg. The mainland European market is offered a third, even more powerful engine, boasting 344hp and 700Nm of torque, but this is not yet scheduled to come to the UK.

2019 Audi A6 Allroad interior

Inside the Audi A6 Allroad's cabin you'll find the same media system as in the rest of the A6 and A7 range. A number of functions are taken care of via the two centre console screens, the lower responsible for tasks such as climate control, while the other serves as the car’s media system display. Should you wish to talk to yet another robot (yes Alexa, we mean you) voice control is included, also. This is helpful considering having two touchscreens to serve most car functions is just a little distracting.

As part of a ‘Technology Pack’, the new A6 Allroad is available with Audi’s virtual cockpit – a multi-functional digital display which replaces traditional dials. Furthermore, the top-of-the-line navigation system (MMI navigation plus) claims to learn your behaviours and suggest routes based upon your habits.

There are two Audi connect packages – extras you pay for to utilise some of the wireless capability of your car. One is for navigation and media system extras, such as HERE mapping that learns your habits, while the other is for use in emergency situations, for example in the event of a crash, when the car will automatically notify the emergency services.

In addition, a myAudi app allows owners to connect their phones to the multimedia system, with the Audi connect key taking things one step further by allowing motorists to unlock and start their car from their phones.

2019 Audi A6 Allroad luggage capacity

With all the seats in place, there is 565 litres of luggage space. In comparison, the much more affordable Skoda Superb Estate features a 660-litre boot. With the rear seats down (which split 40:20:40) there is 1,680 litres of cargo area, which again is beaten by the Superb estate, which offers 1,950 litres.

2019 Audi A6 Allroad review

The latest Audi A6 Allroad is so new we are yet to get our hands on one. However, with the increased popularity of SUVs, the rugged estate market is more crowded than when the first A6 Allroad launched in 1999. With a number of competent rivals such as the Volvo V90 Cross Country and Mercedes E Class All-Terrain, the market is the Audi’s to lose.

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