Audi A4 Allroad quattro estate - Interior & comfort
The Audi A4 Allroad continues the company’s reputation for excellent interiors
This is Audi’s traditional strong point and the A4 Allroad is no exception. For the most part, its interior is very similar to that of the standard A4 Avant and, while it may lack a bit of design flair, there’s no arguing with the quality of construction or logic of the layout. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, too, and finding the right driving position is a cinch. Visibility is also excellent.
The car is very comfortable thanks to its raised right height, longer suspension travel and chunkier tyres. There’s less wind noise than you’d get with a taller, boxier SUV too.
Audi A4 Allroad dashboard
Everything is finished to an exceptionally high standard inside the Audi A4 Allroad. Some rivals run the Audi close here – especially the VW Passat Alltrack – but none can quite match it for sheer quality and user-friendliness.
Just like in the standard A4 Avant, the MMI infotainment system is controlled by a rotary knob on the centre console, with everything displayed on a seven-inch screen on the dashboard. The rest of the dashboard is impressively clutter-free, with only the controls for the air-conditioning and a few other functions still controlled by switches. You can adjust plenty of things from the steering wheel, too.
If you tick the Virtual Cockpit option box, things get even better, with a fully configurable 12.3-inch TFT screen replacing the traditional instrument dials. This allows you to have pretty much any combination of readouts you like where you’d normally find the speedometer and rev counter, meaning you don’t have to look away to see sat-nav directions, for example.
Unlike the rest of the A4 range, the Allroad is only available in two trim levels: the standard Allroad and the Sport. The entry-level model comes with DAB radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, the MMI plus infotainment system, three-zone climate control and a powered tailgate. You also get sat nav and Bluetooth connectivity as standard.
Most of the additions to the Sport version are cosmetic. You get bigger 18-inch alloys, LED lights all round and ‘sweeping’ indicators, which instead of flashing scroll in the direction you intend to turn. This model also gets rear privacy glass.
You need to be careful, as ticking too many of the boxes on the options list can make the A4 Allroad very expensive, very quickly. There are, however, a couple we’d recommend. The Virtual Cockpit is an excellent addition, while Audi’s adaptive dampers are a pricey but worthwhile extra. The LED Matrix headlamps look brilliant and do a great job of lighting the road ahead.