Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy an Audi A4 Allroad?

The Audi A4 Allroad covers a lot of bases without actually excelling in any one area. It’s a practical estate car with a well-shaped boot and spacious interior, meaning it easily competes with several other estate cars. But the jacked-up ride and standard-fit Quattro all-wheel drive make it just that little more capable – it’ll appeal to those who think they need an SUV but can't actually bring themselves around to buying one. In actual fact, the Allroad is far more capable than an equivalent Q3, for example, with some genuine off-road ability.

It’s an excellent option for those who live in rural areas and need the reassurance of all-wheel drive and a modicum of off-road skills, but don’t necessarily need anything overbearingly large. That said, if you don’t need it and it’s the reassurance of all-wheel drive traction you want, you may as well just get a Quattro-equipped A4 Avant for a slightly lower cost.

The Volvo V60 Cross Country and Volkswagen Passat Alltrack both offer more practical interiors than the Audi – most notably in the boot, but the A4 fights back with a supremely high quality interior and a vast array of technology and equipment available – most of which is now standard-fit across the range. So, a Sport model will suit most, especially as the jump to the fully-loaded Vorsprung spec is quite a significant jump in terms of cash.

If you want a well-equipped family car that offers a very broad spectrum of abilities, the A4 Allroad is certainly worth a look. It’s an interesting and capable alternative to the hordes of SUVs on the roads, but goes about its business without fuss. If, however, it’s just the all-wheel drive ability you’re after, we’d suggest looking at the regular A4 Avant – it comes with greater choice of engines and trim levels.

2020 Audi A4 Allroad rear view