Audi allroad Review

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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.

Current Audi Allroad Specs
The current Audi Allroad debuted as a 2013 model, replacing the traditional Avant wagon in the lineup. This second-generation Allroad is based on the Audi A4 sedan, albeit with a taller ride height and corresponding ground clearance. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only available transmission and sends power to all four wheels.

With seating for five, the 2013 Audi Allroad is offered in three trim levels. Feature highlights for the base Premium trim include 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery and automatic climate control. The Premium Plus trim adds bi-xenon headlamps, a power liftgate, heated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, Audi's MMI control interface, Bluetooth, iPod integration and the Audi Connect system, which includes Google maps and search and mobile WiFi capability. The Prestige tops it off with adaptive headlamps, keyless ignition/entry, a blind-spot warning system, a rearview camera, a navigation system and a premium sound system.

With the exception of the elevated height, the Audi Allroad rides very much like the Avant wagon it replaces. An artful blend of cushioned luxury and athletic handling 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. Despite the available cutting-edge electronics, operation of these systems is simple with a little practice, thanks to Audi's clear MMI interface. 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.

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.

Read the most recent 2015 Audi allroad review.

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