Ian Lamming has the ride of his life but manages to get home in the latest Allroad.
AREN’T bicycles cumbersome? They are just so long, awkward and difficult to manhandle.
They won’t fit in the boot without taking out the front wheel and given my lack of spannering prowess, that’s not going to happen.
All roads lead to Audi…Daddy and Laddy discover the worthiness of the Audi A6 Allroad#audia6
Posted by Ian Lamming on Thursday, 28 June 2018
Now the Audi A6 Allroad is a big estate car and more than enough for most cargo – but a bike? Not without dropping down both rear seats. But that’s ok as I’m off on a memorial charity bike ride so I’m on my todd.
So the Audi proves the ideal tool to carry my Lycra-free body and hybrid bicycle that was only £80 20 years ago. The car park is down a sloping, grassy, gravel strewn track. No problem there as the Allroad boasts higher ride height and Audi’s legendary Quattro all wheel drive.
Parking on a tilting grassy field also poses no worries particularly as it hasn’t rained for months. It’s a boiling hot day and as I pop the electric tailgate and switch off the engine, and hence the excellent climate control, the heat floods in. It’s going to be a tough ride.
But this is in memory of a fallen comrade and while hot, I’m thankful, it is a beautiful day.
Swapping 320 horses for two chunky thighs sees the velocity of travel drop markedly but it offers the extra time to appreciate the beauty of Northern countryside. I fail to climb hills as competently as the A6 nor cruise with such aplomb but at least it must be doing my ageing frame some good – mustn’t it?
Not a moment too soon the ride is over, my face red with effort, head pounding with heat stroke no doubt. Slipping back into the sports seats of this most comfortable of estates and calm is restored, the climate condition helping swab my fevered brow.
The Allroad’s cossetting and accommodating nature restores order and returns the heart rate to normal.
A6 Allroad is not cheap by any measure – well you wouldn’t expect it to be – in fact fully loaded it wallops in at an eye-watering £73K. But it’s difficult not to fall for the many charms of this exemplary motor, which munches through the miles with alacrity and spoils it occupants with quality and style.
Audi dashbaords seem to get better and better and I love the way it beams the satnav from the touchscreen to between the clocks. The infotainment centre is peerless as is the amazing hi-fi adding greatly to an already wondrous experience.
So I drive away from the car park with pride, the spirit of my departed chum looking down with approval at one of Audi’s finest vehicles.
Audi A6 Allroad M 3.0 BITDI
Engine: 3.0 V6 diesel
Top speed: 155mph
Combined MPG: 43.5
Transmission: eight-speed tiptronic
CO2 g/km: 172
Price: £73,140.00 (including extras)