Test Drive Audi Allroad

17 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Test Drive Audi Allroad
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Test Drive: With Allroad, old is new again

The new Allroad more targeted at bad weather bad roads, and that’s probably to why most people buy crossovers or wagons.

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feel: A-1 Front seats: comfy Price: A bit high

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Audi’s brought the Allroad designation for a 2013-model that replaces the A4 Avant Audi-speak for station wagon).

The name (Audi prefers allroad) last was used on an in 2005 that had a subpar but handled rough, unpaved pretty well for a station The new Allroad seems more at bad weather than bad roads, and probably well-suited to why most buy crossovers or all-wheel-drive wagons.

The uses a lot of the same A4 sedan that the Avant did, and inside is identical to the Avant, to the automaker. But the new vehicle isn’t a says Audi, it’s a SUV. Those are popular, wagons, though practical and pretty stylish, aren’t.

So Audi says.

Here’s the The new Allroad resembles the 1980 to American Motors AMC Eagle station wagon. The Audi’s are more pleasing, but it’s to see that everything old is new again. And how

Lower the roof, make the sleeker than the A4 wagon and up with something that looks like a wagon.

To what Audi hopes is a is expensive. The Allroad starts at more than the A4 Avant or $3,220 more if you count the $20 in the shipping charge for 2013 Allroad is $40,495 and up, including

Audi says the higher buys you bigger mirrors and nicer exterior trim stainless steel), underbody in case you actually tackle a road and a wider stance.

The equipped test model was and can go a lot higher if you love to check the on the options sheet. We found of substance missing from the vehicle, however.

Allroad’s logical direct rival, the BMW X3, starts at $39,395. It makes no of off-roading, only effective in snow and other challenging conditions.

Fuel-economy rating is one or two mpg on the Allroad than the departed A4 Allroad weighs only 77 more, the maker says, and gear ratios, which can for a mileage disparity, are the same. The key ratio, called final is different, but the Allroad uses tires than the Avant, and should compensate for the ratio and not affect mpg.

So, go figure.

Allroad is rated 23 mpg in the mode, combined city/highway and Avant was 24. City and highway differ, too.

But the point is And Allroad is a champ at that.

A blend of luxurious smoothness and sportiness, and as comfortable as an old leather At least in front. Back-bench might find things a bit though comfy enough for of proper size.

The drivetrain’s the feature. It’s a turbocharged, four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed unchanged from last A4 models on paper, but the setup the Allroad so nicely you have to if some magic has happened.

Allroad goes about its as if it has a good-size V-6 under the hood, not a Driven in frisky fashion, as invites, you’ll wind up mileage no better than the But ease off just a bit and the weighty is good for about 20 mpg.

We that more than for a two-ton buggy able to out briskly on demand.

The dashboard Audi’s typically complicated quite nicely, giving the of a simple, straightforward vehicle And in many ways it is. But just try to set a station button, for example, and reminded how complicated the simple have become.

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Steering and good enough on most cars to take for granted, are on Allroad. Responsive but not twitchy or

It feels like a car you could for long stretches without

What? Replacement for the A4 Avant station wagon) that’s to be more appealing by looking like a wagon, more A four-door, all-wheel-drive, compact

The name last was used in on a similar wagon/SUV combo.

On sale since May.

Made at Ingolstadt, Germany.

How Starts at $40,495 including shipping (or $3,220 more 2012 A4 Avant starting Well-equipped test car:

What makes it go? 2-liter, four-cylinder rated 211 horsepower at rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque at 1,500, to an eight-speed automatic transmission sport and manual-shift modes. all-wheel drive standard.

How Same as A4 Avant wagon. longer, narrower, lighter rival BMW X3. Allroad is 185.9 long, 72.5 in. wide, 58 in. on 110.4-in. wheelbase. Weighs lbs.

Cargo space behind seat, 27.6 cubic 50.5 cu. ft. when seat’s down. Turning circle 37.7 ft.

How thirsty? Rated 20 per gallon in town, 27 highway, 23 in mix. Test car registered mpg (6.8 gallons per 100 miles) in brisk suburban use.

21.3 mpg (4.69 gallons per 100 in mix of city and suburban driving. seemed high, but a second wasn’t far off: 19.7 mpg gal./100 mi.) Burns holds 16.9 gallons.

Sweet to drive, but higher lower mileage are nettlesome

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