Welcome to the new Audi A6 Allroad—a lifted, all-wheel-drive wagon aimed squarely at the kind of people who want all the off-road ability of an SUV, but not the size or image. We like this kind of people.
On sale from August for around £55,000 (roughly P3.61 million), the Allroad gets adaptive air suspension as standard. In its highest setting, you get 45mm more ride height than a normal A6 Avant at speeds of up to 35kph. ‘Off-road’ mode is available up to around 80kph and gives a 30mm lift, meanwhile at speeds of more than 120kph, the ride height is lowered by 15mm for better aero.
There’s hill-descent control to take care of braking down steep slopes, a feature within the infotainment system that shows you the angle of nearby slopes (and warns you if it thinks you’re about to tip over), and more underbody protection. Meanwhile, wheel-arch trims, special roof rails, and various other subtle changes set Allroads apart from normal A6 versions. Inside is as before—meaning much space and a twin-screen infotainment system.
Engines are standard Audi—two 3.0-liter diesel V6s, both with all-wheel drive (of course), eight-speed automatic gearboxes, and mild-hybrid tech. The 45 TDI gets 228hp and 594Nm for 0-100kph in 6.7sec and a 250kph top speed. Adequate. But the one you want is the 50 TDI, which gets 282hp and 735Nm, and does 0-100kmph in 5.9sec.
Do you like the idea of lifted wagon as much as we do?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.