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Audi A4 Allroad review

Audi A4 Allroad review

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If you’re looking for a company that knows a thing or two about making estate cars, look no further than Audi.

In this review we cover:


What is it?

If you’re looking for a company that knows a thing or two about making estate cars, look no further than Audi. Throughout the years it has created a sterling reputation for building excellent wagons, merging high-quality interiors with practical layouts. The A4 Allroad takes things one step further by adding a little extra go-anywhere capability to the conventional estate car recipe. Let’s take a look at what else it has to offer. 


What’s new?

The Allroad has been on sale in one form or another for 20 years now and this latest version brings the same features that you would’ve found on previous generations. It includes an increase in ride height over a standard A4 as well as chunkier wheel arch extensions for that adventure-ready look. You also get Audi’s latest ultra-wide grille design, new LED headlights and a completely revised interior. 


What’s under the bonnet?

The engine choice accompanying the A4 Allroad is pretty standard-fit Audi. The range kicks off with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with just under 200bhp and this rises to a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with 282bhp. There’s also a punchy 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 261bhp. There’s plenty on offer, that’s for sure, while all come with a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox. 


What’s it like to drive?

Despite its increase in ride height, the A4 Allroad still manages to deliver a comfortable and refined driving experience which will no doubt appeal to those who travel high miles. The softer suspension setup that you get with the Allroad makes it supremely comfortable, too, while the cabin remains hushed even at speed. A dedicated ‘offroad’ setting is also there should you want to take the Allroad off the beaten track. 


How does it look?

Given the increase in popularity of the SUV, it’s little wonder why Audi still sees the Allroad as a viable option. It’s also probably why the firm has given it chunkier styling than ever, while the 35mm increase in ride height does give it a considerably loftier ride compared with the regular A4 Avant. Plenty of gloss black detailing and aluminium finishers help to give the Allroad a premium finish, while the new radiator adds to the car’s presence. 


What’s it like inside?

As you might expect to find in an Audi, the cabin of the A4 Allroad is one classy, well-made affair. There are plenty of high-end materials used throughout, while excellent fit-and-finish ensures that the Allroad’s cabin should stand up to the test of time. There’s also plenty of space for those sitting in the rear and a large boot to take advantage of too - so the practicality boxes are still firmly ticked. 


What’s the spec like?

Audi has fitted the Allroad with its latest 10.1-inch touchscreen which, rather than being fully integrated into the dashboard, has been designed as a more ‘pop-out’ type display. It’s easy to use and looks good too, even if it’s not quite as streamline to look at as those fitted to other Audi models. You also get Audi’s excellent 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit setup which allows you to configure the screen ahead of the driver to show all manner of features, including navigation. 


Verdict

Given the popularity of SUVs, you might think that the Allroad would struggle to keep its head held above water. However, with its strong driving style and well-made interior, this is a credible and worthy alternative to a normal SUV. With a wide range of engines there should be a powertrain for all types of drivers, while the extra off-road ability should help to keep things moving even in the darkest of British winters.