Used Audi A6 Allroad 2000 - 2005 review

Category: Estate car

The Audi Allroad is a halfway house between an estate and an off-roader.

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Used Audi A6 Allroad 2000 - 2005 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What's the used Audi A6 Allroad estate like?

The Audi Allroad is basically an A6 Avant estate with pumped up suspension and four-wheel drive, and shares the good and bad points of the car it's based on.

The build quality, for a start, is excellent, and there's plenty of room inside for five passengers. There's also an enormous boot, so it'll take family life in its stride.


The Audi Allroad is a halfway house between an estate and an off-roader.

  • The Allroad encompasses everything that's good about an Audi A6, with extra versatility
  • It's dearer than the basic A6 Avant; but no more practical and not a fully-fledged off-roader

Don't think of it as a full-on off-roader, however. Yes, the clever air suspension does give it some ability away from Tarmac, but plenty of other cars are more capable if you really need to get off the beaten track.

Stay on the road, though, and you'll soon realise the Allroad's not great there, either. Although none of the versions are short of performance, the ride is no better than reasonable, and the handling lacks the sharpness you'd find in a BMW.

Ownership cost

What used Audi A6 Allroad estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Audi A6 Allroad estate?

Whether an Audi Allroad makes financial sense depends on what other cars you're considering. Compared with 4x4s such as the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90, the Allroad looks like a bargain, but next to the Volvo XC70 or the standard A6 Avant it's dear.

It's much the same story with fuel economy and insurance. Fair enough, things look favourable if you compare the Allroad with cars such as the X5 and XC90, but on the other hand, it is both less fuel-efficient and more expensive to insure than the equivalent A6 Avant.

Look at repair costs, and the picture's even less favourable. According to figures from Warranty Direct, not only are average repair costs on Audis among the highest - above BMW and Volvo, and only just below Mercedes – the hourly labour rate at dealers is also very high for servicing.

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Which used Audi A6 Allroad estate should I buy?

Each of the four engines comes with just one trim level, but at least it's generous, with a good selection of luxury and safety equipment fitted as standard. Pretty much the only options you mighy try to find are an automatic gearbox, electric sunroof, leather upholstery and sat-nav.

Engine-wise, by far the most sensible options are one of the two turbodiesels, preferably the more powerful 180bhp version. Not only are they more economical than the petrol engines, their stronger low-down pull is just what you want in a car that's likely to be carrying heavy loads or towing. And, as if that wasn't already enough to sway you, they're also in lower insurance groups.

That's not to say the two petrol engines are bad, though. On the contrary, both rev sweetly and perform well, even with an automatic gearbox. It's just that they do nothing to justify their higher running costs.

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