While I typically bemoan the existence of the Audi A4 Allroad, as it denies the existence of the Audi A4 Avant, I may have actually seen it in a different light. Let me preface this with the fact that I still don’t like the Allroad. However, it could be a fantastic deal, one of Audi’s best.
In a recent test from Autoweek, the Audi A4 Allroad was put through its paces in a variety of different roads, on off-road, in scenic Wyoming. It seems to have greatly impressed the journos during its journey there, specifically the ones from Autoweek.
Admittedly, the A4 Allroad is based off of the standard Audi A4 sedan, which we’ve already expressed our admiration for. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising that it’s actually nice to drive. The steering is said to be good, and likely incredibly similar to the A4’s, its handling dynamics are decent and it’s very comfortable and luxurious. It’s basically a softer, quieter A4 that’s capable of a bit more soft roading.
It even packs the same powertrain and drivetrain as the Audi A4. With a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Audi A4 Allroad makes 252 hp and can get from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, only a few tenths off the sedan. That time penalty is likely thanks to the added weight of the Allroad, which pushes 3,900 lbs. However, one of the less fun aspects of the A4 Allroad is its Quattro Ultra all-wheel drive system, which sends most of the power to the front wheels with rear wheels only getting power when absolutely necessary. This is for fuel economy purposes and can be quite dull.
Where the Allroad starts to make sense for buyers is in its main attraction — its off-road capability. Thanks to a slightly higher ride height, some plastic body cladding and an underbody skid plate, the A4 Allroad is capable of tackling some minor obstacles one might encounter off the beaten path. Will any A4 Allroads ever see such rough roads? Almost never, but for the few folks that do use them for such things, it’s more capable than one might think.
The Audi A4 Allroad also starts to make sense when you look at the price. Starting at just $44,000, the Allroad is only a few thousand dollars more than the standard A4 sedan and it comes with some added “off-road” bits. So for the price, the Audi A4 Allroad might be one of the best deals from Audi, despite the fact that it ruins the A4 Avant’s existence.