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Audi A4 Allroad quattro estate (2009-2015) - Practicality & boot space

Generous rear legroom is provided by the Audi A4 Allroad

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The estate body shape means the Audi A4 Allroad has a large boot and the inside of the car is spacious, but its main selling point remains enhanced off-road ability.

Thanks to Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system, which is standard on all models, the Allroad easily tackles muddy roads, and if you regularly tow a horsebox, caravan or trailer across rough terrain, the four-wheel-drive system can send the engine's power to the wheels with the most grip to keep the car moving and stable.

Audi A4 Allroad interior space and storage

The A4 Allroad offers a roomy and very practical interior that’s easy to get in and out of. Passenger space is generally good, with plenty of legroom in the back compared to many rival cars. Storage is also good, with a large glovebox, cup-holders, a useful storage space between the front seats and deep door bins.

Boot space

The boot offers 490 litres of space with the standard split-folding rear seats in place, which expands to a generous 1,430 litres when they’re folded down. However, the seats don’t lie completely flat, so loading large or bulky items can be trickier, while both the Volvo XC70 and Subaru Outback offer more room with the seats up or down.

Those models also have slightly better-shaped boots for carrying bulky luggage, whereas the Allroad’s tailgate slopes gently. This is because of its stylish tailgate line, which contrasts with the Volvo and Subaru's more bluff rear ends.

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There's a range of handy load-retention straps and bars available. These prove useful for keeping your shopping and luggage in place and can stop it from rolling around in the large boot.

Towing

Any A4 Allroad will make a very competent towing car thanks to the strong engine range. The petrol model is capable of hauling a maximum braked weight of 1,900kg, while the 2.0-litre diesel with a manual gearbox can manage 1,970kg. The same 2.0-litre diesel with the S tronic gearbox and the most powerful 3.0-litre diesel can both tow up to 2,100kg.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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