Audi's second-generation four-wheel-drive A6 Allroad is now available to order, with prices starting at £33,530.
Initially, the Allroad will come with a choice of 178bhp 2.7- or 230bhp 3.0-litre diesel engines using Tiptronic six-speed automatic transmissions. A six-speed manual version of the £36,380 3.0-litre is expected towards the end of the year, and petrol variants will be added in 2007.
The Allroad comes with raised ride height, full-time four-wheel-drive and body cladding and under-body protection to shrug off knocks. Adaptive air suspension is also standard and provides five different settings, including two off-road modes and a sportier dynamic option.
The new Allroad is heavier and taller than the standard estate, so performance figures take in a dip in every respect.
The 2.7-litre is a second slower to 62mph than the conventional estate at 9.3sec, and 2mph slower overall at 134mph. Combined fuel consumption worsens by 3.3mpg to 32.5mpg, and the car jumps from the 30% company car tax band into the maximum 35% bracket.
The 3.0-litre takes 7.8sec to reach 62mph, while top speed drops from 149mph to 143mph. Fuel consumption increases just 0.9mpg to 33.2mpg.
First deliveries are expected in July.
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