Classy 4x4 mud-plugging estate.
- Excellent refinement, ride comfort
- Good residual value
- Best-in-class boot space (just)
- Power tailgate standard
- Raised suspension for light off-roading
- A4 Avant handles better
- New Quattro system for petrol only
- Unsuitable for tough terrain
- No air suspension option
Available purely as an estate with all-wheel drive and 34mm extra ground clearance as standard, the Allroad goes on sale in late April 2016 with first UK deliveries scheduled for June.
Prices start from £35,560 for the 187bhp 2.0 TDI, though a cheaper 148bhp 2.0 TDI will follow.
Premium rivals are few and far between
Neither BMW nor Mercedes has a comparable model, but the Skoda Octavia Scout and Volkswagen Passat Alltrack get a similar off-roader treatment, and both are produced by the VW Group, Audi’s parent. The larger Subaru Outback, Peugeot 508 RXH and Volvo XC70 plough a similar furrow too.
This is the second-generation A4 Allroad, and Audi expects the new car to account for 8-10 percent of all A4 Avant – Audi-speak for estate – sales.
Trim levels are not directly comparable between Allroad and regular Avant models, so the 187bhp 2.0 TDI Allroad S-tronic is actually £1,300 less expensive than the cheapest 187bhp A4 Avant 2.0 TDI S Line S-tronic.
In most cases, both cars will serve the majority of buyers equally well; both have a class-leading 505 litres of luggage space (1,510 litres with seats folded) and a powered tailgate as standard. But the Allroad’s body cladding does add a rugged appeal – optionally available in body colour – and the extra ground clearance might prove handy for some.
Petrol, diesel, and Quattro with Ultra tech
A range of petrol and diesel engines are available, together with manual and automatic gearboxes. The Allroad also marks the debut of Audi’s fuel-saving all-wheel drive Quattro with Ultra Technology.
This system continually monitors road conditions, the driver’s inputs (including gear ratio, steering, throttle and brake) and the car’s movements every 10 milliseconds.
Based on these calculations, Quattro With Ultra activates all-wheel drive only when needed, rather than permanently sending power to all four wheels. So if you’re driving through town at 30mph, the Audi A4 Allroad will be purely front-wheel drive.
Read on to find out what we thought of the Audi A4 Allroad in our full review.