Audi fans have been patiently waiting for the return of the Audi A4 Avant that died with the B8 iteration of the A4. The A4 Avant is a favorite among Audi enthusiasts for its blend of performance, comfort and practicality. However, we won’t be getting a new A4 Avant, instead we’ll be getting the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro.
Now based on the A4 platform, instead of the A6 platform of the previous model, the A4 Allroad will be smaller and more nimble than the car it replaces. The A4 Allroad is almost a slap in the face to American enthusiasts because it’s essentially the A4 Avant that we want, but it’s burdened with a higher ride height, flared wheel arches and faux off-roading capability. It’s Audi’s Subaru Forester, useless but people who want to pretend to be active buy them.
This is really annoying as an American enthusiast because we want the proper A4 Avant but instead we get this mongrel. Admittedly, it’s not Audi’s fault, it’s the American consumers’ faults. They don’t want a wagon, because they have idiotic prejudices against wagons, but jack up a wagon, pretend it can off-road and call it an Allroad and not a wagon and Americans will flock to them like flies to a light. It’s ridiculous.
Now, for all of that rambling, the A4 Allroad isn’t actually a bad car. It still has loads of performance and practicality and can do some mild soft-roading, so it’s actually a pretty good family car. There’s no denying its usefulness. It even looks much better than the previous A6-based model and the interior is great. However, it’s just not the car us enthusiasts wanted and it’s only because American car buyers are strange.
The A4 Allroad we’ll be getting will be powered by the same 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that the standard Audi A4 comes with and will develop 252 hp. This engine will also be paired with the same seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox as the standard A4 as standard. A new off-road mode will accompany the standard Drive Select functions, but aside from that the A4 Allroad is just a jacked up A4 Avant without any of the coolness of the Avant. Shame.