Audi Allroad

2016 Audi Allroad

The Audi Allroad is a wagon with stout styling, responsive performance, and all-season strength with its quattro all-wheel drive. Theres room for a small family without having to climb up to a tall crossover, or worse an SUV. Its built on the platform of the A4 sedan, and the Allroad keeps those driving dynamics, and probably handles even better. Its competitors might be the Subaru Outback or Volvo Cross Country, but theres nothing directly comparable.

The 2016 Audi Allroad benefits from some slight changes. A multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel is now standard. Equipment is shuffled in the higher models, for example the Premium Plus model with the Technology package gets the Bang & Olufsen stereo. Surprisingly, a rearview camera is not standard.

The Allroad gets a rugged look on the exterior and works for light trailblazing, but offroad its no Jeep or Land Rover, and isnt likely to get much use on real outdoor trails.

The stability control grants for more wheelspin in mud or snow; inferior systems just shut down when they cant pass the challenge. Ground clearance is 7.1 inches, less than the Outback, the same as taller crossovers. Theres modest underbody armor against the boonies.

The 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet torque, and is mated to a quick eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode. Dynamic variable-ratio steering is available, along with Drive Select, which sets the electric power steering, throttle, transmission, and shock settings for comfort or sport.

The 2016 Allroad earned five stars overall in crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Options for the Allroad consists of adaptive cruise control that can stop the car from 19 mph, blind-spot monitors, rearview camera and airbags for the rear seat. Its EPA fuel mileage is 21/28/24 mpg City/Highway/Combined. During our extended test we averaged a spot-on 24 mpg, and often saw 30 mpg while cruising at the speed limit.


2014 Audi Allroad

Audi allroad was all new for 2013. The Audi allroad comes with one powertrain: the brilliant and venerable 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, mated to a Tiptronic 8-speed automatic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive. For 2014, the engine gets a power hike, from 211 to 220 horsepower. Premium fuel is recommended. We found this engine solid, proven, versatile, and efficiently powerful.

Three trim levels are offered: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. For 2014, a convenience package is standard, including the Audi music interface, HomeLink, Bluetooth and a driver information system. Premium Plus and Prestige models get an advanced key as standard. Audi side assist is newly available as a standalone option for the Premium Plus model, while the Prestige model gains rear side window shades.

Direct competitors for the Audi allroad are slim, if you dont count crossover utility vehicles (CUVs). The Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen are cars that might be cross-shopped, when considering a comfortable and capable all-wheel-drive wagon of this size. Both are priced far below Audi allroad, and with the Subaru you can get a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine that makes 36 more horsepower than the allroad. The Cadillac SRX AWD moves beyond the allroad in price, power and size (though its wheelbase is no longer), but its an alternative that a potential allroad buyer might consider.

If you were to pick one CUV to compare, it might be the Ford Edge, with its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine making 240 horsepower and using a 6-speed automatic transmission. Its about the same wheelbase, weight and fuel mileage. Audis allroad is most comparable to the Edge Limited edition with panoramic sunroof and all-wheel drive; those items are standard equipment on the allroad.

The allroad is built on the same chassis as the A4 sedan. Size differences are insignificant, except for the height, as the allroad is 1.8 inches taller. Its got a slightly wider track because of its larger 18-inch wheels, and 3 more inches of ground clearance (7.1 inches total), which accounts for the height difference. An allroad weighs 300 pounds more, yet manages to accelerate from zero to 60 in a claimed 6.4 seconds, a time thats plenty quick when entering a freeway.

The engine is super smooth. In fact, for years its arguably been the smoothest 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the world. Its 258 pound-feet of torque comes at a low 1500 rpm, so it pulls up to speed sharply.

Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg City/Highway. Its heavier and less aerodynamic than the A4, with a not-too-slick 0.36 coefficient of drag. Premium gasoline is recommended, not required, but its a recommendation to follow.

The allroad borrowed the face of the Audi sedans but looks even better. Its especially bold on the allroad, because of its black front fascia with no-nonsense small round foglamps and air intakes, wider track front tires, and lips on the fender flares. Roof rails add to the rugged utility, including stainless steel skidplates. Unfortunately, neither the standard 18-inch wheels nor optional 19s add to the cars good looks.

The interior is very appealing, with Nappa leather and a choice of walnut, ash, oak or aluminum trim. Controls are easy to reach. The Multi Media Interface (MMI) knob is used to control navigation and Google.

Theres good cargo space, with 27.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 50.5 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded. As for rear seat legroom, the allroad has the same as the A4 sedan, 35.2 inches. The Subaru Outback offers 37.8 inches and the Ford Edge 39.6 inches.


2013 Audi Allroad

The 2013 Audi allroad is all new, after hiding for the past seven years under the skin of the A4 Avant wagon, which now goes away. The 2013 allroad comes with one powertrain, the brilliant and venerable 2.0-liter turbocharged engine mated to a Tiptronic 8-speed automatic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive. The powertrain is solid, proven, versatile and efficiently powerful enough at 211 horsepower. However, premium fuel is recommended.

Direct competitors for the Audi allroad are slim, if you don't count crossover utility vehicles (CUVs). The allroad has never crossed over from anywhere; it's always been a wagon. The Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen are cars that might be cross-shopped, when considering a comfortable and capable all-wheel-drive wagon of this size. Although you couldn't get the price of either to match the allroad, and with the Subaru you'd get a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine that makes 45 more horsepower than the allroad. The Cadillac SRX AWD moves beyond the allroad in price, power and size (while being the same wheelbase as the allroad), but it's an option that a possible allroad buyer might consider.

If you were to pick one CUV to compare, it might be the Ford Edge, with its new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine making 240 horsepower and using a new 6-speed automatic transmission. It's about the same wheelbase, weight and fuel mileage, and it's most comparable to the Edge Limited edition with panoramic sunroof and all-wheel drive, things that are standard equipment on the allroad.

Obviously the 2013 allroad can't be compared to the 2006 allroad, because everything is better, and a bit bigger, too. And when you compare the allroad to the 2012 A4 Avant wagon, it doesn't seem so all-new, just revised a bit.

The allroad is built on the same chassis as the A4 sedan, and the size differences are insignificant, except for the height, as the allroad is 1.8 inches taller. It's got a slightly wider track because of its larger 18-inch wheels, and 3.0 more inches of ground clearance, which accounts for the height. It weighs 300 pounds more. It still manages to accelerate from zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds, a time that's plenty quick for staying out of trouble on the freeway.

The engine is super smooth, and for years has been the smoothest 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the world. Ninety miles per hour remains silent and effortless. Its 258 pound-feet of torque comes at a low 1500 rpm, so it pulls up to speed sharply.

Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg City/Highway. It's heavier and less aerodynamic than the A4, with a not-too-slim 0.36 coefficient of drag. And the range won't be as far, as the fuel tank holds .3 gallons less. Its need for premium fuel is one downside to the turbocharged engine that makes 211 strong horsepower. Premium is recommended, not required, but it's a recommendation to follow.

Audi sedans have a fresh look for 2013, and the allroad borrows the sedan face but looks even better. It's especially bold on the allroad, because of its black front fascia with no-nonsense small round foglamps and air intakes, wider track from tires, and lips on the fender flares. Roof rails add to the rugged utility, including stainless steel skidplates. Unfortunately neither the standard 18-inch wheels nor optional 19s add to the car's good looks.

The interior is very appealing, with Nappa leather and a choice of walnut, ash, oak or aluminum trim. Controls are easy to reach. The Multi Media Interface (MMI) knob is used to control navigation and Google.

There's good cargo space, with 27.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 50.5 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded. As for rear seat legroom, the allroad has the same as the A4 sedan, 35.2 inches. The Subaru Outback offers 37.8 inches and the Ford Edge 39.6 inches.

We drove the allroad at the launch in Colorado, and got good seat time on freeways and mountain two-lanes. The ride is pleasing and smooth, with no rough moments transmitted to the occupants over patchy pavement.

The little engine performs out of its league, with strong torque translating to effortless acceleration even on uphill two-lanes. The Tiptronic 8-speed automatic is fast-shifting and obedient with the paddle shifters, and has rev-matching downshifting. The brakes felt good when we used them on downhill curves. They're not quite bomb-proof, because we did hit the point of fade, but until then the pedal gave good feedback.



 

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