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The Audi Allroad was one of the first vehicles to bridge the gap between wagons and SUVs. Originally offered at the beginning of the 2000s, the Allroad was a more robust take on Audi's luxurious A6 wagon. Although it was stylish and had a handsome, well-trimmed cabin, that first Allroad suffered from a stiff ride and poor fuel economy.

The following generation of the Audi Allroad made a lot more sense. Based on the discontinued A4 Avant wagon, it was smaller, lighter and much more fuel-efficient. However, the positive attributes of its Allroad forebear remained intact, including greater ground clearance (compared to the standard wagon) that allowed light off-roading and created more SUV-like styling. As such, a second-generation Allroad's combination of reasonable exterior dimensions, decent cargo space, good fuel economy and light-duty off-road capability make it a potential good fit for shoppers looking for something functional, yet still distinct, from the status quo.

Current Audi Allroad
Based on the Audi A4 sedan, the Allroad is essentially an A4 wagon with SUV-like styling cues and a higher ride height (which increases ground clearance). With seating for five, the Audi Allroad is offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only available transmission and sends power to all four wheels through "Quattro" all-wheel drive.

Feature highlights for the base Premium trim include 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and iPod integration. The Premium Plus trim adds bi-xenon headlamps, a power liftgate, heated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control and driver memory functions. The Prestige tops it off with adaptive headlamps, keyless ignition/entry, a blind-spot warning system, a rearview camera, a navigation system, a premium sound system and the Audi Connect system, which includes Google maps and in-car WiFi. Many of the features available on upper trims are available as options on the lower ones.

With the exception of the elevated height, the Audi Allroad rides very much like the Avant wagon it replaced a few years ago. That means an artful blend of cushioned luxury and athletic handling that will likely please all types of drivers. In terms of off-road prowess, the Allroad is not intended for rugged rock-crawling adventures, but rather dirt roads and mild off-highway excursions. More appropriately, it provides a level of surefootedness in adverse weather conditions on pavement.

On the inside, the Allroad delivers the type of accommodations that Audi has become synonymous with. Its interior design is a model of understated elegance and uses top-notch materials throughout. Adult-sized passengers will find all seats pleasantly spacious and comfortable, but cargo space is merely average for this class. Audi's MMI interface does a good job of controlling the many infotainment functions, but its standard placement on the dash is not especially ergonomic. When equipped with navigation, MMI migrates south to the center console, which is preferable. All told, the Audi Allroad represents a fine alternative for those who would rather not step up to a larger SUV, yet demand more utility than a typical wagon.

Read the most recent 2015 Audi allroad review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Audi allroad page.

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