For buyers who want extra utility without stepping up (literally) to a crossover or SUV, Audi serves up the Allroad, a compact luxury wagon fully prepared for blizzard conditions and light off-road duty.

Pricing and Equipment

The Allroad is offered in two well-equipped trim levels:

  • Starting at $43,625, the Premium model comes with power leather seats, a power tailgate, a panoramic sunroof and Audi's MMI infotainment interface with satellite radio. Navigation and an upgraded sound system are available in a $2,100 bundle.
  • For $47,825, the Premium Plus adds heated front seats with driver memory, auto-dimming heated side mirrors and keyless ignition. The $4,000 Technology package is a get-it-all bundle of tech features, from navigation and active safety assists to a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Performance Pros

2016 Audi Allroad

The Allroad utilizes Audi's familiar 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered.

Performance highlights include:

  • Off-road Capability: In addition to all-wheel drive, the Allroad features underbody skid plates and 7.1 inches of ground clearance. That makes it suitable for off-road driving of the family-friendly sort.
  • Handling/Steering: Under normal driving conditions, the Allroad handles very much like a luxury-sport sedan. We didn't find any of the body lean associated with taller crossovers and SUVs.
  • Fuel Efficiency: The Allroad is rated at 24 mpg in combined driving, which we found to be spot-on accurate. In relaxed highway driving, we did even better than the official 28 mpg rating. Based on our experience, 30 mpg in steady cruising is obtainable.

Performance Cons

  • With no engine upgrade available, the Allroad trails several similar-sized luxury vehicles in overall performance.
  • Due to the Allroad's beefier underpinnings, ride quality trails that of related Audi sedans.

Interior Pros

2016 Audi Allroad Interior
  • There's no trade-off between ruggedness and comfort on the inside. You get the full, undiluted luxury sedan experience.
  • We never tired of piloting the Allroad thanks to its remarkably supportive front seats. That alone makes it an outstanding long-distance getaway vehicle for two.

Interior Cons

  • The rear bench is mounted rather low, and it's nearly impossible to sit normally without your knees pressing against the front seat.
  • Cargo space maxes out a so-so 50 cubic-feet. Many small hatchbacks can handle more.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The Allroad quickly sails past the $50,000 mark when you start adding upgrades—some of which are standard on competing vehicles.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Despite its increased ride height and some extra pounds, the Allroad handles with greater precision and athleticism than Audi's compact sedans. It's unique suspension tuning obviously pays dividends on the road as well as off.

The Bottom Line

The Allroad is one the few luxury wagons left, and the best at demonstrating why the genre hasn't gone away.