No, your eyes are not deceiving you: The redesigned Audi A4 Allroad looks nearly identical to its predecessor. But don't judge a book by its cover. Though the front fascia on the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad is the only thing that looks slightly different, Audi has changed much more to make sure this year's luxury wagon is marked improvement over last year's.
When the redesigned Audi A4 sedan was released recently, we praised the vehicle for its performance and luxury appointments. Thankfully, Audi has transferred many of these improvements to the Allroad. As a result, the wagon is lighter than last year's variant. It features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 30 more horsepower than the 2016 version and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rounding out the powertrain improvements is an all-wheel-drive system that's also been refined.
With a new engine comes slightly boosted fuel efficiency from last year's model. The Allroad picks up a couple of miles per gallon in the city for 23 mpg. It comes in at 25 mpg combined, which is on par for a luxury wagon, and does 28 mpg on the highway.
The enhancements continue inside the cabin as well. Audi maintains a benchmark of innovation and comfort perfection for interior car design. The MMI infotainment system has been rejuvenated with a non-distracting dash-top screen and an updated controller that will make navigation throughout the system even better. A technologically advanced virtual instrument panel — termed the Virtual Cockpit and available in the Premium Plus and new Prestige trims — only adds to the interior's beautifully functional environment.
Of course we'd be remiss if we did not mention the Allroad's trademark ground clearance. While not as generous as you'd find in a purebred SUV, there is plenty of it and it will come in handy on the unpaved roads and snowy passes you may encounter or even seek out.
The Allroad comes in the same two trim levels as before — Premium and Premium Plus — and adds a new Prestige level. The Prestige includes everything from the other two trim levels and adds a sprinkling of more luxury, such as a head-up display. Audi makes available optional add-on packages that range from warm- and cold-weather conditions to sport and safety features.
In a world dominated by crossover SUVs, the wagon may be a dying breed. But with its combination of strong performance, an attractive and high-tech interior and a sliver of off-road capability, the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad is easy to recommend. Let Edmunds be your one-stop source for finding the Allroad that is right for you.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.