Audi A4 Allroad quattro estate (2009-2015) - Engines, drive & performance

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

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Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.2 out of 5

Although the Audi A4 Allroad is taller and less efficient than the standard car, it doesn't really feel significantly different to drive aside from a more comfortable ride.

You get a marginally better view of the road ahead thanks to the higher suspension, which is much better at handling potholes and bumps than the standard A4's, ironing out most of the UK’s rough roads with relative ease.

The extra height and softer suspension does mean a trade-off in terms of body control, with the A4 Allroad leaning in corners a bit more than the standard car.

It's a competent off-road performer thanks to increased ground clearance, a four-wheel-drive system and electronic stability control that's been specifically designed to help its performance on steep, slippery descents.

Audi A4 Allroad diesel engines

All A4 Allroad models deliver strong acceleration, but the 242bhp 3.0-litre diesel is quickest, recording a 0-62mph sprint of 6.2 seconds. It feels smooth and exceptionally powerful, making it ideal for high-mileage drivers looking for a quiet yet potent engine.

People who regularly tow a caravan or heavy trailer across muddy terrain make up a big part of the Allroad’s customer base and all models in the line-up are powerful enough to do this. Our pick of the range is the 2.0-litre diesel, which has become the biggest seller thanks to its blend of strong performance and decent fuel economy – as well as being the cheapest model in the range.

Here the a 0-62mph time is 8.9 seconds. The 2.0-litre doesn't have the 3.0-litre’s headline-grabbing acceleration, but it certainly doesn’t feel sluggish in normal driving, either, accelerating easily past slower-moving motorway traffic.

Petrol engine

The A4 Allroad is as quick as some sports cars when fitted with a petrol engine. It’ll do 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds, remaining very quiet and smooth while doing so.

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