The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Every A6 Allroad has a comfortable driver’s seat with a huge range of electric adjustment (including four-way lumbar support adjustment), aiding comfort on long journeys. Vorsprung models have bigger side bolsters to hold you in place more securely when you take to twistier roads.
The climate control settings are accessed via a 8.6in touchscreen, which is positioned low down on the centre console. With the main climate menu always on display, rather than being buried among numerous other menus in an infotainment system, it’s more intuitive than the Volvo V90 Cross Country’s all-in-one arrangement.
It’s worth considering the optional Technology Pack, which includes Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. This replaces conventional analogue instruments with a large screen that can show a wealth of information, including full-screen sat-nav maps.
However, we reckon the traditional buttons and knobs of the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain make things easier still.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Seeing out of the front of the A6 Allroad and over its bonnet is no problem, and its relatively slender windscreen pillars do little to obstruct your view at roundabouts and junctions.
Rear vision is hamstrung by a rear screen that’s shallower and more steeply raked than that of the E-Class All-Terrain, but a standard rear-view camera helps when reversing. Front and rear parking sensors provide guidance in tight spaces, too.
All models get sophisticated Matrix beam LED headlights that can adapt their light output to suit the conditions. They can also shape the car’s main beam pattern to avoid it dazzling other road users, without you needing to switch to dipped beam.
Sat nav and infotainment
A 10.1in touchscreen is positioned above the A6 Allroad’s climate control panel, providing access to the car’s stereo, phone and sat-nav functions. With menus that are logically laid out, it works well when the car is stationary. However, the screen is distracting to use when driving; you have to take your eyes off the road in order to find and touch the relevant icon for the function you wish to use. We prefer the more intuitive infotainment system found in the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain, which uses a rotary controller.
Options include a Bang & Olufsen stereo upgrade. This 705W premium sound system is a must-have if you consider yourself an audiophile.
Audi is famous for the quality of its interiors and the A6 Allroad reinforces that reputation; just about everything you touch feels like it'll last. This superb build quality is matched by impressive attention to detail, with such touches as knurled metal control dials and real aluminium trim highlights.
With most of its functions being operated through the touchscreens, there aren’t many traditional buttons, but those you do get all click precisely and satisfyingly. The standard ambient lighting adds to the car's modern interior feel, too, especially at night.