Looking for generous utility and all-weather capability, without stepping up to a crossover or SUV? Audi continues to offer a solution, in the form of a compact luxury wagon with a difference. As in its past incarnations, the Audi allroad stands ready to tackle storms and blizzards, and to perform light, family-friendly off-road duties.
Contrasting bodyside cladding and side sill inserts help the allroad look the part, too. That extra helping of ruggedness is complemented by a beautifully executed interior, loaded with helpful conveniences.
What's New for 2016
Each allroad model now contains a three-spoke multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Advanced key and Audi connect now are available as part of the Navigation Plus package. Premium Plus trim with the Technology Package now includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Choosing Your Audi allroad
Every allroad wagon has all-wheel drive and stainless steel underbody skid plates, and provides a hefty 7.1 inches of ground clearance. Not only does this unique wagon look ready for rural action, it’s eager to perform some demanding tasks. Under the hood, a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine makes 220 horsepower, mating with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway (24 mpg combined).
Premium and Premium Plus trim levels are offered, each with quattro all-wheel drive:
An available Technology Package includes MMI Navigation, plus a rearview camera, parking sensors, HD radio, Bang & Olufsen audio with a DVD player, Audi side assist, plus a suite of web-based features known as Audi connect. The $750 Sport Interior package adds sport front seats, a black headliner, power lumbar support, and Audi drive select.
Luxury wagons have almost become extinct in this age of crossovers, but Audi’s allroad continues to demonstrate the benefits of such vehicles, when creatively executed. Because the Premium trim level is so well-equipped, we prefer it to the Premium Plus model. Stepping up a notch, perhaps adding the tempting Technology Package, does get rather expensive for what amounts to a compact wagon -- even one as distinctively capable as an allroad.