Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg Published 10:23 p.m. ET Sept. 2, 2020
Don’t buy the 2020 Audi A6 Allroad if you appetite a base wagon with acumen and power.
Its 7-speed automated manual dances broken aback you bite the gas; its 335-horsepower V6 agent moves with the accidental attitude of a sun-bleached golfer branch adjoin the aback green. Top acceleration is 130 mph.
Audi A6 Allroad
But the A6 Allroad’s abstracted achievement didn’t accumulate me from adequate added than 800 afar active from Los Angeles to Big Sur and aback aback I had it aftermost anniversary in California. It didn’t affect by a sliver how abundant fun I had bushing the abundant aback with treasures from an Afghan bazaar in Santa Barbara. Its adaptive air abeyance and off-road approach (which raises the wagon 1.2 inches) handled the clay anchorage of Paso Robles’ exquisite hidden vineyards aloof fine.
In fact, the A6 Allroad doesn’t accept to be the fastest or smoothest wagon out there to be a abundant fit for your life. At $65,900, it provides a blessed average in the brand’s lineup, amid the less-powerful A4 Allroad ($44,600) and the ample RS6 Avant ($109,000). Call it the Goldilocks of Audi wagons—its sits appropriate in the middle, area aggregate feels all right.
What I adulation best about the wagon is how it looks. Am I shallow? So be it.
The arresting grille belted by aflame chrome vertical slats stuns from any angle, alike aback partially blocked in the tiny bunched atom I adherent it into for a few nights in Carmel. The 20-inch auto (2 inches bigger than those on the A4) blob beneath the wagon’s adamant anatomy curve and automated roof rack.
The expanses of windows and rocker panels on anniversary ancillary spell sport-ready; the standard-issue Matrix-design headlights with high-beam abetment and rear Allroad-specific diffuser are fresh, modern, cool. Dudes in lath shorts and ladies arcade on Ocean Avenue commented on the wagon’s “Soho Brown” brownish color, a moniker that alone bisected does amends to aloof how absorbing and affected the agent looks. This is not your (suburban) mother’s wagon.
A chat about that roof rack: Halfway up Artery 1, my admirer and I pulled over to abolish it. We did it calmly in five minutes; in a admirable fit of Teutonic always-be-prepared preparedness, Audi includes a T-handled Allen-head bend in a toolbox in the back.
The abatement from the wind-buffeted fizz adjoin the arbor was immediate. I’m abiding the rig is applied for kayaks and skis, but the 30 cubic anxiety in the aback already added than accommodated two actual ample biking accoutrements for four canicule on the road, two Moroccan stools, a huge Berber pillow, two weekender valises, assorted coats and about bristles wide-brim hats. Plus the roof arbor bars.
The added acumen it doesn’t necessarily amount that the A6 Allroad is neither as able nor as fast as the RS6 Avant — nor the 591-hp Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon, for that amount — is that it comes so brimming of comforts and practicalities that you’re anon baby for annihilation abroad in the amount range. There are cupholders and USB outlets and accumulator pockets aplenty, a absolution rarer than you’d think. As addition who drives about 100 new cars a year, I’ve abstruse never to booty these niceties for granted. (Porsche, I’m attractive at you.)
Standard on the A6 Allroad are an 8.8-inch awning with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android compatibility and Wi-Fi. The Bluetooth arrangement synced instantly with my iPhone and did so afresh every time I got aback into the car — a accessibility ridiculously rare in abounding exceptional vehicles.
Sixteen Bang & Olufsen speakers for beleaguer complete are standard. For those who charge article extra, a basic cockpit barometer array and 10.1-inch infotainment awning are optional, as are three added speakers.
In-dashboard navigation, bendable covering upholstery and a high-resolution 360-degree exoteric camera arrangement were additionally acceptable comforts in the A6 Allroad I drove. Additionally abundant were the dual-pane sunroof and a lift approach that raises the car an added 0.6 inches (it sounds atomic but that’s industry standard, and it does accomplish a difference) for rough-road fun on cabernet runs to Daou Vineyards.
Standard all-wheel-drive enhances the absolute acumen and affluence of active about and in this altogether admirable wagon. I admired the accepted four-zone altitude controls and acrimonious council wheel.
I should acknowledgment actuality the ammunition abridgement of the A6 Allroad: 20 mpg in the burghal and 26 mpg on the highway. Over four canicule of criss-crossing biking through littoral mists and over hills animate with desert-fire heat, we averaged 25 mpg. This aspect of the car is great; the beneath times I accept to blow a aberrant ammunition pump during the pandemic, the better.
The Audi A6 Allroad may not accept the body of a chase car, but it’s appealing and applied and, best difficult to accomplish for such a apprehensive grocery-getter, it’s memorable. I didn’t win any annoyance contest in it — but I didn’t appetite to say goodbye.
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