- The allroad is now based on the A4 Avant, but with a taller and more rugged design
- Quattro all-wheel drive is standard
- Luxury appointments include a standard panoramic sunroof and Bang & Olufsen audio
Audi's allroad nameplate is returning to the U.S. after a seven year absence. While the previous allroad Quattro was based on the A6 Avant wagon, the latest to carry the name is closely related to the A4 Avant. The allroad, which features standard all-wheel drive, is wider and taller than the A4 Avant and has a more rugged exterior look. Interior styling and equipment, though, lean more toward luxury. The drivetrain, meanwhile, strikes a balance between performance and economy.
The allroad is a half-inch wider and provides 1.5 inches more ground clearance than the A4 Avant for a total of 7.1 inches, allowing drivers to take on rougher surfaces. Stainless steel skidplates protect the underbody, while contrasting trim, matte-finished bumpers and wheel arches, aluminum roof rails and stainless sills give the allroad the rugged look familiar from the previous allroad model. The wagon rides on 18-inch or optional 19-inch wheels.
Upscale appointments include a standard panoramic glass sunroof, eight-way power front seats, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and several wood trim choices. Options include heated front seats and a power rear liftgate, which opens to 27 cubic feet of cargo space, or 50 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Dynamic steering and adaptive cruise control are also available.
Audi's MMI navigation system includes Audi Connect and provides a range of high-tech information and entertainment features. Google Earth imagery allows users to zoom in on for a closer look at a destination, while SiriusXM Traffic - now with a four-year subscription included-provides real-time traffic information.
Audi claims better efficiency on the new model than the previous allroad, but the new A4-based model is smaller than the previous A6-based allroad, so better fuel economy should be a given. The 2013 allroad is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected 4-cylinder engine producing 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, it yields a 0-to-60-mph time of 6.5 seconds and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
The allroad provides the capability to tackle rougher terrain than the average wagon, SUV and crossover style. But because it's now based on the A4, interior space is less than cavernous. And compared with the standard A4 Avant, fuel economy suffers slightly. On the other hand, the number of vehicles that offer the rugged look of the allroad paired with such luxurious finishes are few, putting the 2013 Audi allroad in rare company.
What it means to you: Tough on the outside and posh on the inside, the 2013 Audi allroad can tackle rough terrain while pampering passengers.