2013 Audi Allroad first drive road test: When a wagon is not a wagon – National auto review | Examiner.com

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Americans won’t buy station and that’s simply why the 2013 Allroad is going on sale in America. The Audi A4 Avant—“Avant” is for station wagon—drops from North American lineup for the year. Instead there’s the new Audi’s entry into the crossover battles.

To Americans, the Audi Allroad is the revival of the vehicle offered in the U.S. TK to TK, going on a seven year That was just here, the Allroad continuing for other Meanwhile, Audi of America on with the B-segment Audi A4 trying to sell Bach to a appreciation society.

That’s all now. While the A4 Avant on sale in Europe, the Allroad is sole wagon-type vehicle in Audi’s U.S.-available B-segment which includes the Allroad, as as A4 and S4 sedans, and A5 and S5 coupes.

The new Allroad, however, does that a B-segment wagon do and more. Consider, the 2013 Allroad has the typical layout of a wagon, with four and a rear hatch, and generous capacity, with 27 cubic with the rear seatback and with the rear seat a healthy 50.5 cubic That’s a whole ten cubic more than the old A4 Avant the rear seat raised and to the previous model with the seat lowered.

The 2013 Allroad, however, has a ground of 7.1 inches, 1.5 inches more the Audi A4 Avant it replaces. The can do just what it suggests, over all roads…with no pretense of offroad. Audi has the Q5 and Q7 for those to leave behind the road, minimal. That cabin at the end of a two-track?

The A4—and other you to walk in. The Allroad is game.

other crossovers have a ride height than automobile platform mates. But not all vehicles, however, have drive, which the 2013 Allroad has as standard equipment.

The engine offered with the is Audi’s 2.0-liter turbocharged with direct injection. So good has been said this engine it’s to try to say more, but will just that its performance is more the 211 horsepower rating would because it makes 258 lb-ft of at an incredibly low 1500 rpm. is an engine that doesn’t to be spun at the upper reaches of its rev to deliver a solid wallop.

The low rpm torque delivery also casual oomph around for getting away from lights or merging into just playing.

The Allroad in the can-you-top-this transmission ratios eight. Do I hear nine? No

Manual shifting is standard, paddle-shifting is available only $500 Sport Interior that also includes sport seats with power lumbar adjustment.

calibrations are unique to the 2013 Allroad, and despite the higher clearance, it doesn’t have the SUV feel, though coming an Audi A4, the extra height can be And although it won’t go around like an Audi A4 or A5—and not the high-performance S4 and S5—the Allroad’s is more than adequate for driving. Ride is smooth and the Allroad pitterpatting over expansion joints.

The wheelbase is longer than the A4 Avant’s, which all things equal means a smoother and it also oddly enough greater headroom.

The 2013 Allroad isn’t just A4 on stilts. Audi designers the Allroad its own look, with a single-frame grille with chrome slats. Appreciate slats.

Audi’s designers to get them as thin as they the chrome layer adding they didn’t want. The also had slim headlights, a LED light strip when with xenon-plus headlamps taillamps are optional as well).

The also gets an off-roady at the lower edge of the front plus contrast color extension. The rear end gets the kind of treatment plus a steel skid plate.

it’s an Audi, with the attention to design and quality. MMI navigation is optional, with a knob and buttons on the center And rather having a big blanked-off that other carmakers leave to punish you for not upgrading, all have LCD screen at the top of the center for audio and other controls.

Of the upgrade stuff is really including “Audi connect”—please name your stuff capital letters—with online Rather than static and limited information, Audi MMI can search for points of interest Google live data. The Audis also get Google the satellite terrain view—as an for the first time.

Our first drive was of a base car the toys, so we didn’t get to sample effectiveness or capacity to distract.

We didn’t get to try out the Allroad’s “side blind spot monitor or drive select. The latter variable boost for the steering alters shift characteristics and response, with settings of Auto, Dynamic and Individual allows the driver to set each individually.

Also available as an is a 550-watt Bang Olufson system with 14 speakers. We get a listen.

But we did check out the cargo one of the big reasons someone might buy the Audi Allroad. The max volume somewhere short of an Audi Q5 which has a 57 cubic foot capacity. With the rear folded forward, the Allroad’s floor isn’t completely making loading large and such a little more than if it went all the way down.

The 2013 Audi Allroad. has the clever combination of cargo from the A4 Avant. The cover back and forth like do, but it also slides up with the when opened. The Allroad has a mesh screen that can be when the rear seatback is up and the compartment stacked to the ceiling, the all the stuff from flying the backseat—or further up—during braking.

Pricing for the 2013 Allroad starts just 40 grand, at $39,600 for the lowest “Premium” trim level. No, it make sense to start at a but talk to Audi, not to us. Add $3,300 for the Plus trim, or the Prestige at And then there’s a BMW-like of individual options and accessories can drive the price of an Allroad $50 k.

Audi Allroad

It’s a shocker, our Audi but that’s the market these and it’s not really more a similarly equipped wagon be. We know that Americans buy one of those, but a Allroad? It’s not a wagon, so why not?

2013 Allroad Premium, price and key as tested

Body style/layout: 5-door wagon, front engine/all-wheel

Base price: $83,000

as tested: $100,825


2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC I-4 Displacement, cc: 1984 Block/head cast iron/aluminum Compression 9.6:1 Horsepower: 211 @ 4300 rpm 258 @ 1500 rpm Recommended fuel: unleaded Fuel economy, EPA 20/27 mpg city/highway Fuel observed: n.a.

Transmission automatic manual-control


front/rear: five-link / trapezoidal Wheels: 18 x 8.0-inch alloy 245/45R18 Brakes: 4-wheel 12.6-inch dia. front/11.8-inch rear Steering: electromechanical rack-and-pinion Turning circle: ft.


Wheelbase: 110.4 in. 185.9 in. Height: 58.0 in. 72.5 in. Curb weight: lbs Trunk volume, min/max: cu. ft. Fuel tank: 16.9

· Airbags : Front, front side curtain

· Anti-lock Yes Traction control: Yes Stability Yes Electronic brake-force distribution: Yes assist: Yes

· Other: crash unlocks doors, turns on lights, turns off engine and pump, hazard lamps on

Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile 4-year/50,000 mile powertrain;12-month/5,000 first scheduled service

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