In the LA Times today, Dan Neil gives the newly redesigned Audi A6 Avant some of the highest praise a wagon--or any car, for that matter--can get:
...quietly gorgeous...The Avant's interior space and cargo capacity rival the much larger, much heavier VW Touareg. Says Neil, "If you are a pharmaceutical rep racking up hundreds of miles a week, I think I've found your car."
... While other companies agonize over their "crossover" designs ó too many of which come off as ugly and oversized, the wagon as orthotic footwear ó the Audi A6 Avant once again demonstrates that a fast station wagon with all-wheel drive is the ultimate road vehicle...
The Audi Allroad, which I loved, but which was a bit problematic--and achingly expensive to repair, according to my brother and a good friend whose family has been spending vacations at the Audi dealer--has been discontinued for 2006, leaving just the Avant. $60,000 out the door.
Wagon Without A Hitch [lat]