For some reason, Americans aren’t too fond of station wagons that like to get down & dirty and cater to the automotive enthusiast. No, Americans tend to veer more towards the station wagon that is built for luxury and luxury lifestyle, like the all new 2013 Audi Allroad, which replaces the more sporty and exciting A4 Avant, but being less exciting isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The name Allroad may confuse some, because it gives the sense that this station wagon can traverse just about every road, but that is just not the case. Even the exterior of this car, aside from the low stance, whispers, “Please take me off-roading.” However, this car was meant for those who want to drive in luxury, and need that little bit of extra space, two things this car has plenty of.
Leather upholstery and aluminum trigon accents work hand-in-hand to create a luxurious feeling that only Audi could create. However, if these trimmings aren’t enough for you, just drop an extra $3,300 more than the $39,600 base price and you get heated front seats, three-zone climate control, a power tailgate, Audi xenon plus lighting, auto-dimming interior mirror, auto dimming and power fold side mirrors, Bluetooth, and the Audi music interface. The Allroad that we tested was fitted with the Premium Plus package, and each feature was noticed within its own respect. Heated front seats helped out a lot in the colder days, and the power tailgate proved to be useful when unloading the spacious trunk. One annoying feature that was included was the Bluetooth functionality. I won’t go into details, but it took us more than 20 minutes to sync up a phone, and no, we are not technologically handicapped.
Now, about that Allroad name, while this car “could” drive off-road, Audi has stated that this car was not meant for it. Instead, the Allroad will glide your across any paved road, thanks to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that puts out a decent 211hp and a surprising 258 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the turbocharged engine is an eight-speed tiptronic transmission that sends the power to all four wheels, giving this car a decent jump off of the line.
The steering of the Allroad was incredibly light thanks to the car’s speed-sensitive power steering. Some people may find the light steering to be too much, while others may welcome it as another luxury that Audi has to offer. When taking those corners, whether the handling is light or not, you may notice a bit of body roll, especially compared to the A4 Avant.
But are those who are going to purchase the Audi Allroad really going to notice the body roll? In most cases, the answer is going to be no. The Allroad is meant for those seeking luxury with that little bit of extra space, like I stated before. It’s for a growing family that can afford more than a Subaru Outback. If you want a sporty station wagon, you ought to look elsewhere, but if you want a luxurious station wagon with all the bells-and-whistles that Audi is known for, head to your local Audi dealer and give this car a gander.
Exterior : Reminiscent of the A4 Avant. Stylish, and appealing.
Interior: Classic Audi styling. Loved the trim, and the center console was convenient enough. Plenty of space for a family.
The Drive : Stiff at times. Decent torque off of the line, but not a lot of power down the road. Steering was incredibly light, which some people may not like.