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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.
Used Audi Allroad Models
The current-generation Audi Allroad debuted as a 2013 model, but is very similar to the Audi A4 Avant wagon it replaced and which debuted for 2009. Both are wagon versions of the A4 sedan, but the Allroad differs with unique body cladding and a taller ride height with corresponding ground clearance. Apart from having slightly less power (211 hp versus 220) and both Bluetooth and an iPod interface being optional rather than standard, this Allroad is similar to today's car.
The first-generation Audi Allroad (officially known as the Allroad Quattro) debuted as a 2001 model and was based on the midsize A6 sedan. As a result, this Allroad wagon was larger in every dimension than the current model. Supplying power to all four wheels was a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that produced 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission was standard, with a five-speed automatic available as an option. One of the distinguishing features on the Allroad at the time was an adjustable suspension that could raise and lower the ride height by 2.6 inches. This gave drivers the choice of off-road clearance or greater on-road handling.
Feature highlights included 17-inch wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker stereo with CD player. Available options included auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, xenon headlights, a sunroof, heated seats, rear-facing third-row seats, a Bose premium audio system, a navigation system and parking sensors.
By and large, changes throughout the first-generation Audi Allroad were slight. The most significant addition was an available 300-hp V8 that debuted in the 2004 model year. That engine was paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Minor changes included an available heated steering wheel and OnStar telematics for 2002 and optional satellite radio in '04. In 2005 -- its final year -- OnStar was dropped and the trademark black fender panels were then painted to match the rest of the body.
Throughout its run, the first-generation Audi Allroad maintained its position as an alternative to larger luxury SUVs. To its detriment, however, the Allroad lacked the level of comfort and flexibility that those SUVs offered. Furthermore, the Allroad was more expensive than those rivals. In reviews, we deducted points for the base V6 engine's pronounced turbo lag under acceleration, the suspension's rather harsh ride quality over bumps and less-than-admirable fuel economy figures. These are all items of contention that should be taken into account when considering a used Allroad.
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