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.
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, although perhaps not with the same go-anywhere attitude of its original namesake from a decade ago. Where previous allroads offered a base 250-horsepower turbo V6, or an optional 300-horse V8, the current one uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s ubiquitous to Audi products. The four-cylinder is hardly weak, though, and makes 220 horsepower and a strong amount of torque, too. The A4-based allroad will accelerate to 60 mph from rest in 6.4 seconds, a full 1.3 seconds quicker than the V6 version circa 2005, and is 300 pounds lighter to boot. An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift controls assists in reducing fuel consumption while maximizing 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. New standard features for 2015 include Xenon headlights and LED taillights, three-zone climate control, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, power tailgate, rear privacy glass and new 18-inch wheels. Stepping up through Premium and Prestige adds things like navigation, a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system and Audi’s radar-based side assist that alerts the driver when vehicles on either side of the allroad are approaching.