We give the Audi A4 Allroad a lot of grief. It’s not that we dislike the A4 Allroad, it’s just that we really want the Audi A4 Avant sold in America but instead of that brilliant car we get a plastic bumper-clad version of it with a higher ride height, all because Americans constantly want to pretend we’re tough and rugged. Having said that, though, the Audi A4 Allroad is actually a pretty good car, despite our moaning. And we’re not the only ones to say that, as staffers at Autoblog seem to think so as well.
“The A4 Allroad is a car I’d strongly consider putting in my garage. It’s sporty, functional and looks smart. The turbo four is solid, and the seven-speed S-tronic gearbox is smooth. And with all-wheel drive, this thing is plenty capable.” said Autoblog Editor-In-Chief Greg Migliore.
Being that journalists are typically either jaded or spoiled or both, it’s impressive that Migliore would actually want to own an A4 Allroad. Admittedly, it does combine comfort, performance and practicality in a useful package. It’s not as good as the A4 Avant, as its taller ride height negates some of its sporty handling and its plastic bumpers ruin the look. Still, though, the Audi A4 Allroad is actually a pretty good overall package, especially if you live in a snowy winter climate.
That’s a sentiment share by Autoblog Associate Editor Reese Counts “The Allroad has everything I want from a daily driver. It’s handsome, comfortable, reasonably quick and has a decent audio system. Sure, it’s not the sharpest tool in Audi’s shed, but it might be the most well-rounded.”
As good of an all-rounder as the A4 Allroad is, it doesn’t rid us of our desire for the Audi A4 Avant. Though, it does give us hope. If it can convince jaded journalists, it has to be pretty good.