The recently redesigned 2018 Audi A4 Allroad looks nearly identical to the previous-generation model, but the numerous small changes ensure that this luxury wagon is a marked improvement over its predecessor.
When the redesigned Audi A4 sedan bowed last year, we praised the vehicle for its performance and luxury appointments. Thankfully, Audi transferred many of these improvements to the Allroad. As a result, the wagon is lighter than the previous version. It features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 30 more horsepower 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. The Allroad comes in at 25 mpg combined, which is on par for a luxury wagon.
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 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 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 enhanced ground clearance. While not as generous as you'd find in a purebred SUV meant for off-roading, the Allroad will still come in handy on the unpaved roads and snowy passes you may encounter or even seek out.
The Allroad comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Premium is well-equipped, with standard features that include leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Stepping up to Premium Plus adds keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring and satellite radio. The Prestige level includes everything from the other two trim levels and adds a sprinkling of more luxury, such as a head-up display. Just a few optional add-on packages are available, boosting passenger comforts in warm- and cold-weather climates.
There are a few other choices for a small luxury wagon. But with its combination of strong performance, an attractive and high-tech interior and a sliver of off-road capability, the 2018 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.