2013 Audi allroad Test Drive and Review – New Crossover Vehicle Review and Road Test

14 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Audi allroad Test Drive and Review – New Crossover Vehicle Review and Road Test
Audi Allroad

allroad is Just All Right

You may the Audi allroad quattro, a up A6 wagon that made up in ability what it lacked in capitalization. Now the allroad is back smaller, trimmer, and simpler, a car among CUVs with a price tag and a 4 year/50,000 mile But does the 2013 Audi belong in your driveway?

drive it and find out.


The original Audi was an impressive machine — it may have looked like more than Audi’s on the Subaru Outback and Volvo in truth, the old allroad was a lot more. its height-adjustable air suspension and twin-turbo V6, the old did what many crossovers (and fail) to do — it the best elements of a car and an SUV, to burn up twisty Alpine one minute and tip-toe over and fallen trees the next. it not for the outrageous price, Audi would have sold a lot of them; as it happens, the allroad was from the US market after

Now the allroad is back, and aside the gramatically-incorrect name, a lot has changed. The allroad is now based on the smaller A4 in fact it replaces that car in lineup. Unfortunately, the new allroad lacks its predecessor’s abilities now it really is Audi’s answer to the Outback and Volvo XC70, it costs more and does

To be fair to Audi, they just throw some body cladding onto an A4 and call it a day. The allroad suspension parts from the A5 giving it a wider stance. The air is gone, but the allroad does 7.1 of ground clearance (2 more a standard A4) thanks to a modified and taller (45-series) tires.

In the Driver’s Seat

2013 allroad

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The A4 got an interior revamp for 2013, and the new comes along for the ride. I to criticize Audi for their and dreary interiors, but a lot has changed. The quattro has lots of metal to brighten up the all-black dashboard, and material quality and fit and finish are

Audi has simplified the dial (which they call the for Multi Media Interface) controls the stereo, climate and optional navigation system, and are also redundant buttons and for tunes and A/C. All in all, rather user-friendly by German not a bad accomplishment for a country that values complexity.

That said, the complexity is it: Among the nifty gadgets you can get in allroad is 3G internet connectivity, provides Google Earth and View images for navigation latter useful, the former not so and Internet-enabled searches, plus a hot spot for up to 8 devices.

Unfortunately, it comes to more basic like the back seat, aren’t so good. The space there is tight by car standards and stingy by SUV standards. Legroom is okay, and it’s hard to the most of it since there’s space under the front for your toes.

At least the capacity is decent: 27.6 feet behind the rear and 50.5 with the seats down.

On the Road

The allroad is powered by venerable 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. (This is that many automakers are now developing; Audi’s been it for well over a decade.) is strong; Audi says in 6.5 seconds, and while I’m to agree, it was the mid-range passing that really impressed me. But the economy is disappointing: EPA estimates are 20 MPG MPG highway on premium fuel. An Honda CR-V hauls stuff and scores 22/30, and it on regular.

Out on the open road, the drives like a dream: It virtually identical to the A4 sedan. only a slight loss of in the steering (due, I would to the taller tires). Audi’s Quatto all-wheel-drive system standard, although it’s set up for weather rather than trails. The A4 doesn’t even get a descent mode, although it have an off-road/loose surface for the electronic stability control

But Quatto does wonders for the on-road handling; if the idea of in an SUV makes you nervous, the allroad is car. It’s unflappable in the but it also lacks the high-and-mighty position offered by most and CUVs.

Journey#8217;s End

2013 allroad

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Here’s the punchline: Audi is $40,495 for the base-model allroad. $7,000 more than the A4 and $4,000 more than the practical Q5 CUV. It doesn’t many options to drive the well past $47,000, and a Prestige model with all the lists for $57,150.

Audi is one of my favorite luxury their cars are beautifully solidly engineered, and great to and they (usually) offer value-for-money compared to other cars. That certainly to the A4 and the Q5, and it applies to the 2013 allroad on all but the last. Still, something this car triggers my inner It feels as if Audi has simply on some extra body and bits and jacked the price way up.

Worse yet, they’ve and of the A4 Avant model so that who want a wagon will no choice but to pay the premium for this cow. If the new allroad were as as the old one, I’d say it justifies its — but it isn’t, and in my opinion, it — Aaron Gold

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