3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Audi allroad

Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 20 City / 27 Highway
For many buyers who need utility and traction, the allroad is an ideal SUV alternative.

Introduction

The Audi allroad treads the fine line between a true wagon and a compact SUV with an emphasis on luxury. While it is bigger than the A4 Avant wagon it replaces, buyers who remember older allroad models should know it's built on Audi's compact line, and not the A6.

It faces off against some tough competitors, including the BMW 328i wagon and Volvo XC70. Still, the allroad is almost in a class of its own, which makes it worth a good look.

What's New

The 2014 Audi Allroad makes about 10 more horsepower, but buyers might be more interested in the now-standard Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.

Interior/Exterior

The allroad may remind shoppers of older Subaru Foresters -- a wagon with extra height and ground clearance. It shares the same lines as the Audi A4 except for plastic cladding that protects wheel arches and other areas that can get dinged up or coated in road salt.

Inside, Audi's attention to detail shines through. As it did with the exterior, Audi took a swing at making the interior feel avant garde while still swaddling occupants in comfort. Storage is a little bit tight compared to small SUVs, but it is more capacious than sedans and hatchbacks.

Under the Hood

Audi will let allroad buyers choose any powertrain they want, as long as it's a 220-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Acceleration is decent at roughly 7 seconds to 60 mph. The weight of all-wheel drive cuts somewhat into fuel economy numbers -- the EPA estimates an allroad will get 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Performance

The Audi allroad is a bit of a soft-roader: the quattro system keeps it on track in all types of weather. At the same time, the increased height makes the ride a bit softer than some sports sedans. The benefit is a blend of good on- and off-road performance.

Which Style To Buy?

2014 Audi allroad
Starting price
$40,385
Shopper Popularity
100%

2014 Audi allroad 2.0T Premium

Most Popular
Recommended for: Buyers who want the frills without having to ask.

The allroad 2.0 premium is the base package, but it comes with a number of features ranging from automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof to an exceptional sound system paired with a CD player and satellite radio. For driving safety, the headlights are automatic while the 18-inch wheels are clad with enough rubber to smooth out bumps without leading to mushy handling.

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