Audi has released the details of their new A6 allroad quattro Avant bringing major efficiency gains and an even more extensive specification to the UK. This new generation version of the all-terrain A6 Avant is available now priced from £43,150 OTR to £49,445 OTR, with first deliveries expected in July.
The 2012 A6 allroad quattro has also been constructed using the latest Audi ultra lightweight construction principles and its body total vehicle weight is reduced by as much as 70 kilograms compared with the previous model. There are four engine options – 3.0 TFSI with 310PS and 440Nm, 3.0 TDI with 204PS and 450Nm, 3.0 TDI with 245PS and 580Nm, 3.0 BiTDI with 313PS and 650Nm, with fuel consumption reduced by as much as 20 per cent.
The petrol-powered option is the 3.0-litre TFSI is boosted by a mechanically driven supercharger and produces 310PS and powers the A6 allroad quattro from rest to 62mph in 5.9 seconds, on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Yet it can still achieve 31.7 mpg according to the combined cycle test.
The TDI range comprises three 3.0-litre V6 units, the first two of which deliver 204PS or 245PS (with the help of a single turbocharger). The 204PS version is the fuel efficiency champion, achieving a combined economy figure of 46.3mpg with CO2 output of 159g/km, yet still offers you a 7.5-second zero to 62mph acceleration. The 245PS models offers 44.8mpg, 165g/km CO2, along with a 6.6-second acceleration.
Or there is the new BiTDI, that uses two turbochargers to inject 313PS and enough punch to power the A6 allroad to 62mph in just 5.6 seconds, on the way to a governed 155mph top speed. It has a sports car-style engine note that comes courtesy of Audi’s innovative sound actuator in an auxiliary channel of the exhaust system, but its economy figures remain diesel-like, with up to 42.2mpg possible and CO2 emissions at 176g/km.
The three single turbocharger engines are paired with Audi’s seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission with its wide ratio spreads and rapid fire shifts while the BiTDI uses the latest eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.
The A6 allroad quattro is an all-terrain car and this is reflected in its exterior features such as extended side sills, flared wings and protective front and rear stainless steel underbody guards. The wheel arches, bumpers and sills are also painted in a contrasting colour, but can be body-coloured as an option.
The interior of the car offers plenty of space thanks to the long wheelbase of 2,905 millimetres. Vehicle specification include 18-inch alloy wheels, Milano leather upholstery, satellite navigation, the Multi Media Interface (MMI) linked to a 6.5-inch retractable colour display, Audi parking system plus, cruise control, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, light and rain sensors and the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system.
The luggage compartment has a capacity of 565 litres, and the standard split rear seat can be folded down to increase this to 1,680 litres. There are also numerous standard and optional features that underscore its practicality as an estate car, including a rail system into which a load-securing kit for dividing the luggage compartment can be inserted, tensioning straps on the left wall and also a double loading floor.
The list of safety-focused systems is also pretty impressive and includes radar-based adaptive cruise control, Audi active lane assist lane departure warning system, Audi side assist blind spot detection system and night vision using thermal imaging.
Audi A6 allroad quattro UK OTR Pricing
|A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro||204PS||£43,150|
|A6 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro||245PS||£44,690|
|A6 allroad 3.0 BiTDI quattro||313PS||£49,445|
|A6 allroad 3.0 TFSI quattro||310PS||£45,020|