Can’t afford an Audi RS6? Maybe you’d like the A6 Allroad instead!

The realwe eventually got the A4 version Audi Allroad is returning. Remember the A6 Allroad from 2000 (through 2005-ish?)? That was the mid-size longroof sporting adjustable suspension and a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The OG Allroad went away and . That one is good, but a larger wagon is always nice. And now the soft-road wagon King is returning; the 2020 Audi A6 Allroad is coming to America.

The latest A6 Allroad lands with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine paired with mild hybrid tech. That equates to 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. A dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox meters out shifts and power, of course, goes to all four wheels as dictated by the electronic brains.

Audi have fitted the Allroad with six different driving modes. I’ll copy those verbatim from the press release for you:

  • Auto: provides the most balanced engine and chassis response (5.5 inches of ground clearance)
  • Comfort: lighter steering feel and smoother throttle input makes smooth and comfortable driving (5.5 inches of ground clearance)
  • Dynamic: heavier steering feel along with immediate throttle responses and sporty gear changes (-0.6 inches lower)
  • Individual: driver chooses each setting according to preference
  • Offroad: provides increased ground clearance (+1.2 inches) at speeds up to 21.7 mph
  • Lift: provides an additional 0.6 inches of lift above Offroad mode, when traveling under 21.7 mph

So you won’t find the same eight inches of clearance as the original Allroad, but this one comes close. And it’s a miracle that an automaker is offering another wagon option at all. So we should cheer for that fact alone. It won’t be cheap, of course. You should expect a price in the $60k range. That’s a bit more palatable than the sure-to-be $100-$120k of the RS6.

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4 responses to “Can’t afford an Audi RS6? Maybe you’d like the A6 Allroad instead!”

  1. alex Avatar

    I want this car!

  2. Vairship Avatar

    But would I pick this over a (lower-priced) Volvo V90 Cross Country?

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      My first thought as well, though I can afford neither.

      I’m tempted by the seductive looks of the V90XC, but I don’t like its non-linear power delivery. Its top-tier four-cylinder achieves good numbers on paper, but Audi’s V6TT makes for a quicker car both by the clock and the seat-of-the-pants. As for the base engines, after trying them in the Q5 and the XC60, I was much more impressed with the Audi mill, which is smoother and less “peaky”. The Volvo feels sluggish until you get high into the revs.

      I personally dislike touchscreens in cars (they demand too much sight time), so I’m not a fan of Volvo’s, and while I thought I would dislike Audi’s MMI, it’s far easier to use once you get used to it. It’s hard to criticize either marques on interior quality, but I prefer Volvo’s.

      For some reason I’ve always generally liked Volvo and disliked Audi, but I think the A6 Allroad might objectively be the better overall wagon. Hopefully Jeff, et. al. get the chance to drive one soon so we get some first-hand impressions and a review.

  3. caltemus Avatar

    If I remember correctly; the A4 allroad and A6 allroad are basically the same size, as the A4 has bloated quite a bit over the years.