Sort of like the offspring of an A4 sedan and a Q5 wagon, the allroad taps into the need for utility in car-shaped package, or at least someone’s need to look like they need utility.
A single engine/transmission choice consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s now boasts 220 horsepower; eight-speed automatic transmission.
If the allroad (for some reason Audi doesn’t capitalize the name) that re-entered the field for 2013 doesn’t have the same degree of go-anywhere, all-wheel-drive Quattro swagger as it featured a decade ago, that’s probably because tastes have changed. Where previous allroads offered a base 250-horsepower turbo V6, or 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 even less so for 2014 since it now makes 220 horsepower rather than 211 as before. 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, referred to as torque vectoring. Seating is leather covered and the view is enhanced with a panoramic sunroof. New standard features for 2014 include Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, Audi’s music interface and a driver information system between the main gauges. Step up to the Premium Plus and you get heated front seats, tri-zone climate control and a power-operated tailgate, while the Prestige adds a navigation system, 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.
Base price (incl. destination): $41,700
Type: Four-door wagon
Engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (211)
Layout: Front-engine; front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Mileage (city/hwy): 20/27
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 3,700