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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.
More recently, a new Audi Allroad has arrived in the United States. This latest Audi Allroad is smaller, lighter and much more fuel-efficient, essentially replacing the standard A4 Avant wagon. But at its core many of its predecessor's principles remained intact. A slightly higher ride height than a traditional wagon allows for some light off-roading, while inside, passengers are treated to all of the trappings of a typical luxury car.
With its combination of reasonable exterior dimensions, decent cargo space and light-duty off-road capability, an Audi Allroad of any vintage may be a good fit for shoppers looking for something functional, yet still distinct, from the status quo.
Used Audi Allroad Models
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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