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Overall: The allroad is the only way to get an A4 wagon in North America . . . unfortunate about the big lift kit.

Drivetrain: A single engine/transmission choice consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that boasts 220 horsepower; eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.

While a certain percentage of people are miffed about the Audi A4 not offering a real Avant wagon version in North America, the majority will find the taller-riding allroad a more-than-satisfactory alternative. Audi re-entered the bad-weather wagon-on-stilts class originated by the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC70 a few years back with its allroad, and given the 2016 A4 is all new, we can expect similar updates in coming model years. The current one uses a 220-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s ubiquitous to Audi products. An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift controls helps with fuel consumption while assisting performance. Physically, the cats-eye-style headlight lenses stand guard over one of Audi’s more massive grilles and the darkened cladding extending along the sides and the lower portion of the rear bumper neatly contrasts with the body color. A permanently engaged all-wheel-drive setup directs 60 percent of the available power to the rear wheels in normal driving situations. However, when conditions become nasty, up to 85 percent can be deployed to the back wheels and up to 70 percent to the fronts. In addition, extra torque can be sent to the outside wheels for extra grip while cornering, which is referred to as torque vectoring. Seating is leather covered and the view is enhanced with a panoramic sunroof. Standard features include Xenon headlights and LED taillights, three-zone climate control, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, power tailgate, rear privacy glass and 18-inch wheels. Stepping up through Premium and Prestige adds things like navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, a 505-watt Bang and Olufsen-brand sound system and Audi’s radar-based side assist that alerts the driver when vehicles on either side of the allroad are approaching.