A luxury wagon that's fit for blizzards and campsites, Audi has redesigned its A4-based Allroad wagon for even greater capability. The new look, shared with the rest of the A4 range, is an eye-pleasing evolution of Audi's long-running design language.

Pricing and Equipment

The Allroad lineup starts with the Premium trim level, priced at $44,950. Buyers gets a hefty load of standard equipment, including:

  • Leather upholstery
  • A panoramic sunroof
  • Collision mitigation with automatic braking
  • A 10-speaker infotainment system
  • Xenon headlights and LED taillights

The $47,950 Premium Plus adds heated front seats with driver memory, front and rear parking sensors, and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system. The optional Technology Package ($3,250) brings in must-haves like blind spot monitoring, Audi's spectacular digital instrument cluster (Audi Virtual Cockpit), and navigation. The Prestige ($52,350) has all that, plus a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, and acoustic front glass to minimize noise. The Prestige can get a Driver Assist Package ($1,800) with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

Every Allroad carries a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter gains 32 horsepower this year for a total of 252 ponies, all while returning 25 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, according to the EPA.

Performance Pros

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  • This year's updated all-wheel drive system can transfer up to 100 percent of power between the front and rear wheels for optimum traction.
  • Underbody skid plates, an off-road driving mode, and hill descent control make the Allroad fit for light-duty excursions.
  • The 2.0-liter delivers commendable power, taking the Allroad from zero to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. There's a reason Volkswagen and Audi use a version of this engine in every vehicle it fits in.

Performance Cons

  • The Allroad lacks the reflexive handling of other compact Audi models we've tested. It's higher ground clearance – and commensurately higher center of gravity – and extra weight are to blame.
  • We noticed some initial hesitation from the 2.0-liter during swift takeoffs.

Interior Pros

  • The Allroad boasts the passenger space of some midsize luxury sedans. Two of our six-foot testers fit comfortably in the rear seat, which splits three ways for easy access to the cargo area.
  • Audi's streak of lovely interiors carries on with the latest Allroad. The high-quality interior materials are impeccably assembled, even by luxury car standards.

Interior Cons

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  • We weren't comfortable right away with the Allroad's high-tech infotainment interface or the available virtual instrumentation. There's a learning curve to both. Get over that hump, though, and they're some of the best pieces of tech on the market.
  • Buyers accustomed to the elevated seating of a crossover might be disappointed by Allroad's passenger car layout.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Audi Allroad is far more nimble and engaging to drive than crossovers of similar size and capability.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Buyers have to spring for the top-trim Prestige to get not-so-exotic features like adaptive cruise and acoustic glass.

The Bottom Line

The Audi Allroad performs and pampers like a luxury sedan while offering the capability of a crossover without the sacrifices in driving character inherent in that body style. That makes it an appealing alternative for buyers looking for a different kind of vehicle.