Audi A4 Allroad
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- Very practical
- Can venture off-road
- A4 Avant is a lot cheaper
- Not really a proper off-roader
- Audi Q5 might suit you better
The reviewers liked the car on the whole, praising its practicality and handling, and noting that it rides much better than other members of the A4 family - but for many, a regular A4 Avant is the preferred choice.
One expert said that Audi does cabins better than anyone else, which pretty much sums up the A4 Allroads’s interior. It’s a lovely place to be, exuding a “sober, effortless cool”, with everything being beautifully designed and impeccably installed.
Audi’s designers have carefully considered the use that the Allroad is likely to get and nice touches abound; the boot mat is reversible, with a rubber backing that is ideal for putting muddy boots onto, and a load restraint system is standard.
The Allroad might be an SUV in disguise, but it drives more like an estate according to the experts, who like its firm but supple ride and steering, even if the latter is a bit uncommunicative. Everyone noticed that its ride is so much better than that of the A4 Avant that it’s based on too!
Away from the tarmac it’ll do pretty much everything that any crossover or SUV driver will ever need, thanks to that all-wheel drive and raised suspension. It's not an off-roader as such, but it'll venture further than a regular vehicle without compromising its on-road manners.
There are three engines available in the A4 Allroad, covering most bases - a 2.0 TDI diesel, a 3.0 TDI diesel, and the petrol 2.0 TFSI. You can have a six-speed manual or a seven-speed ‘S-Tronic' twin-clutch 'box fitted to any one of the three engines
As you might expect, the petrol engine is free revving and lively, while the diesel versions are more muscular and economical, as you'd expect. For most drivers, the 48.7 mpg 2.0-litre TDI will make the most sense, though both the 3.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI are more refined and offer better performance. All suit the Allroad well though, so you can pay your money and take your choice without worrying that you’ve chosen a dud!
Value for money
The Allroad is expensive compared to the Audi A4 Avant upon which it is based, but then they have done a lot to it to make it fit for its new role. Still, all that extra cash will be wasted if you don’t ever go off-road - when quattro models are available throughout the A4 and A4 Avant ranges, you're paying significantly more for a few inches extra ground clearance.
On the plus side, equipment levels are strong, it's cheaper than the equivalent Audi A5, and no rival really has anything similar to offer.
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The 2.0 TFSI petrol with the S-Tronic gearbox costs significantly less than the 3.0 V6 TDI yet has almost identical performance figures. The smaller petrol engine is also the more willing and spirited, but the bigger diesel does feel more muscular and torquey.
It may be also worth taking a look at the Audi Q5. It costs a little more but its brief is similar, and small SUVs are in vogue these days...
The Audi A4 Allroad is a real great SUV that is presented as a sober, more socially responsible estate car. It handles and drives very well and is supremely practical - if you need a measure of mud-plugging ability. If you don’t then the A4 Avant, upon which it is based, is much cheaper and even better to drive.
- Price range:
- £31,810 - £37,275
- 39 - 48
- Date released:
- Replacement due:
- Not for at least a couple of years
- Model history:
- In 2012 the A4 Allroad gained a facelift - we've listed what's different here: 2012 Audi A4 Allroad Facelift
- Engine to go for:
- The 2.0 TDI
- Other variants:
- The A4 Avant is very similar, but doesn't have the off-road ability. If you want more space, then there's the larger Audi A6 Allroad.
- Engine naming:
- TDI models are diesels, while TFSI refers to the turbocharged petrol
Audi A4 Allroad User Reviews
How’s the turboed 3.0D manual on hilly tarmacs?
- By K.K
Which? Magazine video, shot at the launch of the Allroad. They tell us what options and engines are available.
Promotional video featuring footage of the A4 Allroad driving.
Really useful video that talks through the different spec levels available on the A4 Allroad.
Stylish promotional video for the A4 Allroad