Venturing off-road in a luxury station wagon might seem a silly endeavor, but the 2023 Audi A4 Allroad is designed for just that. The Allroad has a lifted suspension that gives it more ground clearance than the A4 sedan, meaning it’s equipped for the occasional grassy knoll or dirt path. All-wheel drive is standard in all Audi models.
Performance is brisk, and the A4 Allroad’s on-road manners are refined. This being a longroof vehicle, the cargo area behind the rear seats is measurably larger than in a sedan, but rivals such as the Subaru Outback and the Volvo V60 Cross Country offer even more space.
Engine & Performance
There’s only one powertrain for the A4 Allroad, but it’s a good one – the 261-hp version of the regular A4’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which now comes with a 12-volt hybrid system. A seven-speed automatic transmission and the latest version of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system are standard.
In our experience with older nonhybrid models, we noted that the gearbox modulates its attitude depending on the driver’s demands and can snap off quick, precise shifts under hard driving or more relaxed, unobtrusive shifts around town.
We’ll have to wait to test the A4 Allroad with its new powertrain. From our previous experience, however, the A4 Allroad drives like a dream, balancing ride and handling extremely well.
Its cornering grip is plenty adequate and puts it right in line with most competitors. It feels like a car rather than an SUV, something we appreciate and think many buyers will too.
The EPA estimates the A4 Allroad will earn 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. However, its real-world mpg on the 75-mph highway fuel-economy route is still under review.
The A4 Allroad has an attractive, businesslike interior, which we would like far better if we hadn’t seen the art piece that is the Volvo V90’s cabin. It may not be beautiful, but the A4 Allroad’s cabin is perfectly functional, handsome, nicely appointed, and comfortable.
Despite being significantly shorter in exterior length than several of its competitors, the Allroad’s back seat has nearly as much legroom as both the Mercedes-Benz E-class wagon and the V90.
The Allroad comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and three-zone automatic climate control. Unfortunately, it’s smaller inside and out than competitors such as the E-class wagon and the Outback.
Safety & Driver-Assistance Features
A wide array of available driver-assistance technology is impressive, but only forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning are standard.
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