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The Audi Allroad brings sport to the adventure wagon niche

The Audi Allroad brings sport to the adventure wagon niche

A sharp, well-handling alternative to an upscale SUV, the redesign Audi Allroad impressed our staff with its dynamic talents, fuel economy, and fit and finish.

A German interpretation of the adventure wagon formula established by the Subaru Outback and honed by the Volvo XC70, the Allroad emphasizes road manners. It tackles corners enthusiastically, and it displayed a tenacious grip through our avoidance maneuver.

With this generation, the Allroad is based off the A4, rather than the larger A6, as before. Since Audi sedans have grown in size over time, this does not seem like a compromise, though a touch more interior space would be welcomed.

Again, the Allroad uses a turbocharged engine, this time a 211-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain, found in various forms in other Audi and Volkswagen models, delivers decent acceleration and fuel economy

As much as we like our Allroad, it is worth noting that the Q5 SUV can be had for slightly less money, while providing more rear-seat room, cargo space, and towing capacity. The car choice, as always, comes down to priorities.

If you want an all-season, all-terrain wagon that favors luxury and sportiness, the Allroad is worth a close look. If your equation tilts more to luxury, the Volvo XC70 is worth a test drive. And if spending less on a more practical option appeals, the Outback or Toyota Venza are good choices.

Check out our video below for more insights, and visit our Audi A4 model page for the detailed Allroad road test and Ratings.

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