2013 Audi Allroad: Up Close

The return of Audi's Allroad nameplate — to the A4 line as opposed to the A6 — simultaneously marks the end of the A4 Avant wagon in the U.S. Wagon fans shouldn't be in complete despair, though, because the Allroad carries forward many of the wagon's attributes.

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The Allroad adopts the restyled headlights of the 2013 A4 sedan but gains a unique grille with closely spaced vertical slats that distinguish it from the sedan. It's paired with a silver-colored chin spoiler with integral vents.

The Allroad's fenders are adorned with body cladding, a time-honored tradition among automakers with off-road aspirations for their cars. The cladding isn't excessive, but I would have preferred all-new wider metal fenders over the tacked-on look of the body molding. That would have cost a whole lot more, though.

A more practical feature for off-road driving is the Allroad's extra 1.5 inches of ground clearance. Despite the increase, the Allroad's ride height is still more similar to a wagon than a crossover, so getting in and out of the car isn't difficult. The relatively low ride height also makes for a low liftover height into the 27-cubic-foot cargo area.

The familiar A4 dashboard faces you from the driver's seat, with a hood over the instrument panel that wraps into the center control panel. Like the larger A6, the Allroad's navigation system supports Google Earth image overlays via an embedded 3G cellular connection. The show car's cabin had Audi Exclusive brown and black trim — not my first color combination, but fortunately other styles are offered.

Crossovers remain hugely popular, but Subaru, in particular, has figured out a way to sell jacked-up wagons with its Outback. It remains to be seen whether Audi can pull off the same feat in the luxury segment with the new A4 Allroad.




The Allroad looks much better with the monochrome cladding than it does with the contrasting grey. Audi should leave that look to the Outback. Audi's Avants are great looking wagons, but the Allroad treatment cheapens the look. I know some folks appreciate the added ground clearance, but do Audi shoppers really want a look that emulates a Subaru?

Michael Davias

Interesting for Audi toback-fill Subaru with a modified wagon. The Outback we know and love was replaced recently with a full SUV chassis, and is no longer either small nor agile. As a current 2008 A4 Avant owner, I am considering this option - just hope it comes with the V6 a manual tranny and a tow package....

L.M.C. & Co.

A direct competitor to the Volvo XC70. I like It.


Any indication to whether or not the allroad will tow?

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