VIDEO: Audi Allroad vs Volkswagen Alltrack — which is better off-road?

Let’s be clear right away, no Audi Allroad or Volkswagen Alltrack owner will do any of this with their cars. The most off-roading a typical Audi Allroad will ever do in its life will be on the gravel driveway of its owner’s Nantucket summer home. But what if someone did actually take an Allroad off-road? And what if they brought a Volkswagen Alltrack with them? That’s exactly what TFLC just did in this new video.

Both cars were tested off-road and then at the drag strip. The dirt trail was Gold Mine Hill in Colorado and both cars attempted the same trails. First up was the Volkswagen Alltrack, which sports 1.8 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp and in this case was mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It powers all four wheels via VW’s 4Motion Haldex-based all-wheel drive system. It handled the first two off-road stages pretty easily actually, with its only issue coming from a bit of burnt clutch, as its gearing is more for economy than low-down torque, so it made off-roading a bit tricky.

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The Audi Allroad handled the same two stages a bit easier, as it uses a more sophisticated all-wheel drive system and has more power. That extra power comes from a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 hp and sports a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Allroad is the first Audi to be fitted with the brand’s new Quattro Ultra all-wheel drive system, which uses a multi-plate clutch to engage/disengage the rear wheels, for better efficiency. Though, its brain is highly advanced and can send power to whichever axle needs it. We can see a bit of that in the video, where one of its wheels comes off the ground and spins a bit before the car sends power to the necessary wheels and it scoots on through.

On the drag strip, the more powerful Audi Allroad was obviously quicker. However, it was surprising how much quicker. The VW got from 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds at a mile above sea level. The Audi Allroad did the same sprint in 5.89 seconds. Audi claims 5.9 seconds at sea level. So it actually recorded a very slightly quicker time at a mile above sea level, proving that it can probably do it in 5.6-ish seconds at sea level.

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In this video, we learn that should owners actually ever take any of these cars soft-roading, they’re capable of doing so. So the Audi Allroad isn’t as useless as many enthusiasts assume. Still, if any owners ever actually do something like this with their cars, we’d be incredibly surprised.

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.