Americans aren’t particularly fond of wagons like consumers in Europe, but the Audi A4 is a wagon Americans would like. It has many attributes that resemble a crossover or SUV, like its cargo-carrying utility, standard all-wheel drive, and an increased ride height for light off-road duties. The Allroad’s cabin even looks modern and luxurious, setting it apart from the competition.
And there are other reasons to look seriously at this luxury family hauler. This week, we have been driving the 2018 Audi A4 allroad 2.0T quattro S tronic.
What’s New For 2018
The Audi A4 allroad was redesigned for 2017 and changes this year are limited to feature and package content. Heated seats are now standard, and the mid-level Premium Plus adds blind-spot monitoring to its list of equipment.
Features & Options
The Audi A4 allroad ($44,500) is loaded with features, including leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also features keyless entry, a blind-spot monitor, heated front seats, heated power mirrors, power liftgate, satellite radio, and eight-way power adjustable front seats with four-way driver lumbar adjust.
It also came with the optional Cold ($650) and Warm Weather package ($1,450), offering up ventilated front seats, a power window shade, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel, and all-weather floor mats.
The Prestige package ($8,500) comes with automated driver and advanced safety systems, parking sensors, heads-up display, LED headlights, and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. Total MSRP including destination: $56,650.
The Audi A4 allroad’s cabin is one the vehicle’s best attributes and in our opinion, the best in this class. The allroad sits a little higher than the A4 sedan and it’s easier to get in and out. We found the cabin easily accommodates drivers of all sizes, it offers good visibility, and the cockpit feels driver-focused.
The fit and finish inside is upscale, the quality of materials is first class, and the allroad feels well-built. We didn’t hear any squeaks or rattles and the cabin is quiet on the open road. We liked the tablet-sized screen that sits in the middle of the dash and the updated MMI controller is easier to access than before. By and large, the controls aren’t overly complicated.
In the backseat, there’s room for two adults, but taller passengers may feel a bit cramped for legroom, but it’s ideal for the kids. The standard panoramic sunroof keeps the backseat feeling open and airy. Another nice touch is the optional Virtual Cockpit instrument panel and heads-up display that helps keep the driver’s eyes focused on the road.
There’s 58.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down and 24.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat.
Engine & Fuel Mileage Specs
A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 252 horsepower and dishes up 273 lb-ft. of torque. It comes mated with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission sending power to the Audi quattro all-wheel drive system.
Fuel mileage estimates come in at 22/30 city/highway and 25 combined mpg. The allroad features an automatic engine stop/start system for additional fuel savings.
The allroad is powered by an engine that can move the wagon down the road without a problem. The extra torque moves the heavier vehicle away from a stop light quickly and lane changes are made easy with the peppy four-cylinder. We drove the allroad at altitude where the turbo made the engine response effortless in the thin air.
Around the tight mountain curves the family hauler felt nimble, going around corners better than most wagons. The vehicle is composed in all driving situations, and we felt right at home on the mountain roads and city streets. The seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission offers up smooth shifts and connects well to Audi’s already excellent quattro all-wheel drive system. This will also give families an all-weather vehicle with some light off-road abilities.
On our commute to Denver, the ride was especially smooth. Noise levels inside the cabin were kept to a minimum, making it a comfortable place to spend time. We cranked up the Bang & Olufsen premium sound as well and forgot about the noisy outside world. With front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring, the allroad kept us informed of anything out of view.
The only kicker is how the engine is slow to restart with the stop-start system engaged, but thankfully it can be switched off.
The allroad isn’t an SUV, but it will deliver what any crossover can. It has a great powertrain with the latest version of Audi’s 2.0-liter turbo engine. Add in good fuel economy and it’s a capable family hauler in a smart, luxurious package.
Denis Flierl has invested over 25 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. Follow his work on Twitter: @CarReviewGuy