Audi A4 Allroad quattro estate

Audi A4 Allroad quattro estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

"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 don’t want or need a ‘proper’ 4x4 that's likely to be much bigger and more expensive to run.

The car is similar to 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 on 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 its grip. But don’t expect the Allroad to cover the same terrain as a Land Rover Discovery – it's 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's one petrol and two diesels, with the 3.0-litre TDI diesel offering the most power. There are just two trim levels, meaning 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 the rather incongruously named A4 Allroad Sport model for around an extra £2,500.

Neither BMW nor Mercedes has a direct competitor for the Allroad, but the Subaru OutbackVolvo XC70 and Volkswagen Passat Alltrack all follow a similar concept. They can't quite match the Audi for sophisticated image and badge appeal, however.

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

The Audi A4 Allroad has a superb interior and offers excellent long-distance comfort

Practicality & boot space

4.5 / 5

Generous rear legroom is provided by the Audi A4 Allroad

Reliability & safety

3.8 / 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
"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'll struggle with traditional 4x4 terrain, but makes light work of otherwise inaccessible muddy tracks."
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