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Interesting and capable alternative to an SUV

Audi A4 Allroad (16 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Excellent refinement and ride comfort
  • Easy to use, high-quality interior
  • Long list of equipment as standard
  • Impressively capable off-road

CONS

  • Some will prefer an SUV’s styling
  • Regular A4 Avant drives slightly better
  • Not a proper, rugged 4x4
  • High-spec models are pricey

PROS

  • Excellent refinement and ride comfort
  • Easy to use, high-quality interior
  • Long list of equipment as standard
  • Impressively capable off-road

CONS

  • Some will prefer an SUV’s styling
  • Regular A4 Avant drives slightly better
  • Not a proper, rugged 4x4
  • High-spec models are pricey

Audi A4 Allroad rivals

You may not see many of this type of car around, but the Audi A4 Allroad – a high-riding, more rugged version of the Audi A4 Avant – is actually an impressively capable machine that’ll do the job of a more fashionable SUV while retaining the practicality of an estate car body.

As it’s a bit more of a niche purchase compared with the regular A4 wagon, the A4 Allroad comes with less of a broad range of engines and trims to choose from, but is still well-specified and feeling suitably upmarket.

The Allroad goes up against tough rivals like the Volvo V60 Cross Country, Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, Subaru Outback and Skoda Octavia Scout (if the budget is a little more restricted). If the budget is bigger, Audi will sell you an A6 Allroad, or Mercedes-Benz will sell you an E-Class All-Terrain.

However, because of its body style and capabilities, the Allroad needs to impress with a breadth of talents. Audi gave it a refresh in 2019 alongside updates to the regular A4 models to keep it as competitive as possible.

Three engines and two trims to choose from

Audi offers one petrol – a 45 TFSI – with 245hp and two diesels in the A4 Allroad. It’s yet to be confirmed which diesels will be offered, but we expect it’ll be the 40 TDI with 190hp, and the more powerful 45 TDI with 231hp.

All Allroad models come with automatic transmissions and Quattro all-wheel drive systems. The Allroad comes in just two trim levels, unlike the Avant’s five specifications, with a choice between Sport and Vorsprung trims.

Audi A4 Allroad interior

Drives and handles like a regular estate car

The Allroad rides 35mm higher than the regular A4 Avant to help with its off-road abilities, but the good news is that it still drives like a regular estate car instead of a big lumbering car on stilts.

There’s a little more bodyroll in corners compared with the Avant, but the differences are minimal, and the Allroad promotes a more laidback driving style anyway, such is the impressive comfort it demonstrates in the way it rides and drives.

It also has a slightly wider track than the Avant to aid when off-road, but this also boosts stability in other driving situations.

High-quality and practical interior

The Allroad is no different to the Avant inside, meaning it’s just as high-quality with comprehensive use of plush materials that makes it one of the most pleasant interiors going. Everything feels very solidly put together, but it can also feel as luxurious as you want it to thanks to a choice of leather upholstery options on Vorsprung models. The Allroad feels very suitable as a car for the country set.

The Allroad benefits from the firm’s latest tech inside, although the switch to just touchscreen for the MMI Touch infotainment system feels a minor step back, not least because the old rotary dial was so intuitive to use. The good news is that the new system features a larger screen than before and it’s easy to reach.

There’s plenty of room for the family in the back, and the boot is a generous 495 litres. It’s well-shaped, but isn’t as big as the one you’ll find in the Volvo V60 Cross Country or VW Passat Alltrack.

Audi A4 Allroad rivals

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