The Audi A6 Allroad is a car that combines the best parts of a 4×4 and an estate in one package. As well as using Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system, the Allroad features air suspension that allows the driver to raise the car’s ride height when driving off-road. At its normal, lower setting, the Audi is reliably stable, with a lower centre of gravity than other 4x4s.

We tested the 3.0-litre BiTDI, the most powerful model in the range. The price? Just over £50,000, or considerably more if you lack restraint with the options list. Yes, it is expensive, and versions with lower specifications pack just as much punch.

With so much power and torque, it fulfilled our expectations by performing superbly with a caravan in tow, and in everyday driving. The A6 Allroad proved itself to be a practical estate car. It is roomy, but lagged behind rivals in the space it provided for rear-seat passengers and luggage. It was also stingy with luxury kit.