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No one is pretending this to be the world's ultimate off roader but for the one day in a hundred when you need to go where you've never gone before, it will do 80% of everything a huge, heavy mud plugger will manage. What you need to ask yourself is whether the expense and complexity of the allroad mechanicals warrants this. Would it be easier to buy a stock A6 Avant and rent a 4x4 for that one day in a hundred? Those are sums that you need to establish. If the maths come down in favour of a used allroad, an early 3.0TDI looks to be the plum pick.


On the face of it, the Audi A6 allroad seems an idea that's unlikely to fly. A good proportion of buyers of 4x4s want the highly elevated seating position but aren't particularly bothered whether the vehicle in question is all-wheel drive or not as it's rarely, if ever, about to venture off road. Therefore you'd think that a relatively low-riding estate car fitted with four-wheel drive might not be a sales winner. The allroad, now in its second generation, has disproved that and has sold well to a specific niche of buyers who want civilised driving manners on road and the capability for the occasional foray off it. It's a template that has spawned a host of imitators but the Audi remains the prime exponent. Here's how to find a used example.
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The previous generation allroad had a very good run at the market, being sold from 2000 to 2006, so Audi had quite some time to engineer a thoroughly developed successor. When that car appeared in 2006, the first impressions were that perhaps it had had too long, that the allroad's rugged looks had been smoothed, polished and chamfered a little too much. Then we drove the car and realised that we needn't have worried.One significant change was that the focus was firmly put on diesel engines with the 2006 allroad. Buyers chose either a 178bhp 2.7-litre TDI or a 229bhp 3.0-litre TDI unit but there were a pair of petrol engines offered, in this case a 3.2-litre FSI powerplant good for 252bhp and a 4.2-litre V8 FSI that generated 347bhp.
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The aluminium suspension system is a combination of A6 and A8 parts with a few unique allroad touches. The air system allows the driver to trim the ride height of the body by as much as 61mm both automatically – depending on speed – or manually via the multimedia interface. Five driving modes are offered – dynamic, automatic, comfort, allroad and lift. The