Audi has given us the answer to a question we didn’t ask. While superfluous, we’re thankful Audi did because we actually got a pretty good car out of it. I’ve been critical of the Audi Allroad in the past, but the new A4 Allroad should actually end up being a good car that could suit the lives of many Americans. I’m still bitter about it replacing the A4 Avant, though.
Anyway, the Audi A4 Allroad differentiates itself from the A4 Avant by being lifted a bit higher and featuring some pseudo off-road rugged looks, such as matte-colored flared wheel wells, underbody protection and a silver rear diffuser. Otherwise, it looks very similar to the Audi A4 Avant.
The A4 Allroad will start life with a 3.0 liter TDI V6 diesel in Europe, with two different power outputs, one with 160 kW (218 hp) and another with 200 kW (272 hp). This engine will be followed by two different 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cyldiner engines, one diesel and one petrol, which will be introduced in the summer. All engines will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox.
This will also be the debut of the Audi Quattro Ultra, which uses Audi’s ultra efficient technology, allowing the Allroad to basically be front-wheel drive under normal driving but having the rears kick in when needed. The new Quattro Ultra system manages this very well to make sure the Allroad is as efficient as possible. This new technology will be featured in almost all new Audis going forward, but won’t be used in ‘S’ or ‘RS’ models.
Pricing for the cheapest A4 Allroad in Europe will be 44,750 euros for the 2.0 TDI and will feature 17″ wheels as standard as well as xenon headlights and a power tailgate. The 2.0 TDI will likely stay in Europe and not make it to the US and the only variant to make it across the Atlantic will likely be the 2.0 TFSI and we don’t know what the pricing will be for that.