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I took the allroad down to Chicago in the annual Thanksgiving parade from Minneapolis. I added around a thousand miles. Actually the traffic was relatively light and even though I was still on break in I found out that four thousand rpm is 95 mph.
The car is very solid at all speeds and reminds me alot of the 540 wagon I drove. It is smooth and virtually imperturable regardless of rain, snow, or crosswinds. It is not a sports car. The steering is somewhat numb (not nearly as bad as Mercedes) but very accurate. Body sway at the low setting is minimal and passing up to around a hundred is very quick. The break in mileage was not that great 19+ and with the relatively small tank you have to fill up fairly often(my only real complaint). Other than the lose windshield wiper on the first night I got the car I have had no problems at all. The windshield has the distortion line on the passenger side but only the driver can see it and the dealer said to bring up the issue again when the car has more miles since all A6 windshields have this problem.
My motto is drive low and park high. I like that when parallel parked I am high enough to take out tail lights and headlights of the people around me. The high waisted vehicle gives a very large area under the rear cover. It appears to have more usable space before you obscure the rear view than my old V70T5.
I know that I've said this before on this forum and I don't mean this as an insult but these cars have a relatively low profile and I find that attractive. I parked in Madison Wisconsin on Saturday in a low to medium rent district and the car was relatively invisible. One brother in law thought it was a Saab(former aerospace engineer) and the other didn't know what it was. As I watched the car out of the living room window this morning no one turned their head. That is great as my M3 was attacked by vandals 3 times in a year and a half. Here is a great luxury wagon that is literally armor plated, quick, and relatively invisible. Compared to the Mercedes or BMW wagons it is bargain. The interior far exceeds anything I have driven in terms of esthetics including LS400 or S class.
There is one other complaint but I think this is true of all Audis. I don't like the speedometer jumping in 20 mph increments 40,60,80. Since the speed limit is 65, I found myself going 80 all the time. I'd like to see increments of 10.
Drive low, park high
73 Volvo 1800ES