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Is the Audi A4 Allroad a good replacement for crossovers?

Okay, so maybe I’m a bit harsh on the Audi A4 Allroad. But that’s really only because it replaces the A4 Avant here in the United States. However, if Audi sold both cars here, I really wouldn’t care about the Allroad at all. In fact, I still actually recommend it to customers over crossovers, as it’s far more car than 90 percent of Americans need. And, to be honest, despite how much I dislike the Allroad for its killing of the Avant, if more people bought Allroads, the Avant might make a comeback.

There’s just a weird, inherent hatred for wagons in America that stops us from buying them. It might have something to do with the fact that wagon drivers in the ‘States were usually the smelly hippie type with strap sandals. But, according to Bloomberg, the Allroad could be the wagon that brings it back.

But there’s a good argument for buying an A4 Allroad over something like an Audi Q3 and Bloomberg drove one through New York during a snowstorm to make that argument.

The Audi A4 Allroad ticks almost all of the boxes that a larger crossover would, except that the Allroad is going to be better to drive and more fuel efficient. Great cargo space? Check. Semi off-road capability? Yep, the Allroad’s got it. More rugged looks than a sedan? Ehh, sort of. To be completely honest, unless someone has a specific need for something as large as a crossover, there’s really no reason to get one over a wagon like the Allroad.

With its 2.0 liter turbocharged I4 engine, making 252 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi A4 Allroad is actually quite good in rough conditions. Bloomberg tested the Allroad during a massive snow storm, accumulating over a foot of snow, and claimed that it handled the snow with aplomb. It’s also comfortable, smooth and quite while doing it.

 

To be completely honest, we’d rather have and drive the Audi A4 Allroad than an Audi Q3, as that’s about as dull as it gets. The Allroad, despite replacing the beloved A4 Avant, at least is interesting and has character. Just don’t drive one with sandals, it’s an Audi Allroad not a Subaru Outback.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.