Review

Audi A4 Allroad quattro estate

Price  £32,680 - £40,595

Audi A4 Allroad quattro estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Spacious boot
  • Plenty of equipment
  • Surprisingly good off-road
Cons
  • Expensive compared to rivals
  • Limited engine range
  • Rear seats don’t fold completely flat

At a glance

The greenest
2.0 TDI quattro S tronic 5dr £34,160
The cheapest
2.0 TDI quattro manual 5dr £32,680
The fastest
3.0 TDI quattro S tronic 5dr £38,145
Top of the range
3.0 TDI quattro S tronic Sport 5dr £40,595

“The Audi A4 Allroad offers some genuine off-road ability without the running costs and proportions of a traditional 4x4.”

The Audi A4 Allroad is a more rugged version of the Audi A4 Avant. It's aimed at those who need some off-road ability but who don’t want or need a ‘proper’ 4x4 that's likely to be much bigger and more expensive to run.

The car is an effective mix of the standard Audi A4 Avant estate with the added practicality of raised suspension, four-wheel drive and protective bodywork for off-road driving. The Allroad isn’t quite as sharp to drive tarmac as the standard car on which it's based but you’d need to drive both back-to-back to tell. At any rate, it's a small trade-off for the extra comfort of the raised, softer suspension and the car's off-road ability.

And thanks to the car's off-road detection system, even complete off-road novices will be able to make best use of the car's grip. But don’t expect this to cover the same terrain as a Land Rover Discovery – the A4 Allroad is at its best towing a horse box across a muddy field.

The Allroad only comes as an estate and with a choice of three engines. There is one petrol version and two diesels, with the 3.0-litre TDI diesel offering buyers the most power. There are just two trim levels, meaning that even the ‘basic’ Standard model comes loaded with equipment, which it should given the car's relatively high starting price.

The standard A4 Allroad is based on the A4 Avant SE, but there's also a rather incongruously-named A4 Allroad Sport model for an extra £2,500.

You won’t find a BMW or Mercedes that is a direct competitor for the Allroad but the Subaru Legacy Outback and Volvo XC70 should appeal to the same buyers. The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer are other alternatives to consider but neither their image or design are quite as upmarket as those of the Audi.

Unless you really want the extra pace of the petrol or larger diesel engine, we’d recommend the A4 Allroad 2.0-litre TDI diesel. It's the most economical of the three Allroad models, and with 175bhp it still packs plenty of punch for motorway driving, tackling tracks off-road and towing a trailer or caravan.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

The Audi A4 Allroad will cost slightly more to run than a standard A4 Avant

Engines, drive & performance

4.1 / 5

The Audi A4 Allroad is slightly more comfortable than the standard car

Interior & comfort

4.2 / 5

Excellent long-distance comfort is provided; the Audi A4 Allroad has an excellent interior

Practicality & boot space

4.5 / 5

Generous rear legroom is provided by the Audi A4 Allroad

Reliability & safety

4.1 / 5

Just like the standard A4, the Audi A4 Allroad offers plenty of crash protection

What the others say

3.6 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
Historically German cars are setup to have a very firm, sporty ride, which is fine on the super-smooth Autobahn and during hard cornering, but pretty uncompromising on Britain's scarred and rutted A-roads. The allroad is different. Its raised ride height allows the suspension more travel, making the ride a softer and more supple. Quite simply it's the best riding A4 you can buy.
13 / 20
Capacious estate and able off-roader, the A4 Allroad does everything you need it to. Even better, there's no image problem.
3 / 5
The A4 Allroad offers some of the image and mud-plugging ability of a traditional 4x4 in a less controversial estate body. It also has a practical boot, strong engines and plenty of standard equipment.
4 / 5
The A4 allroad is designed to give buyers off-road practicality without the bulk of a full-size 4x4. It's best suited to those who only need occasional off-road ability - it will struggle with traditional 4x4 terrain, but makes light work of otherwise inaccessible muddy tracks.

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