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For the new year the sporty A4 Avant has disappeared from our shores and instead you'll find the 2013 Audi Allroad at your Audi store, a different riff on the whole station wagon thing. You can tell right off, as the plastic cladding on the rockers, more ground clearance and a full-frame grille ablaze with LED lights let you know all about it.
Though we've always loved the Audi A4 Avant for the way it transformed the concept of a fast five-door hatchback into a stylish, sophisticated, and practical choice for grownups, Audi has learned that the station wagon just isn't working as a compelling proposition in the parking lot at the mall. Apparently there are too many crossover utility vehicles to choose from instead. So just like Subaru and Volvo, Audi has changed its wagon into an outdoor adventure vehicle, dressing it in the automotive equivalent of a Barbour jacket and duck boots.
Beneath the skin of the 2013 Audi Allroad, you'll find that not much has really changed from the Avant. All-wheel drive, of course, is standard. Under the hood, Audi's 211-hp, turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter four is paired with the excellent eight-speed automatic, and it provides plenty of oomph for this A4 variant. Acceleration is good (Audi estimates 0-60 in 6.5 seconds) and the turbocharger's boost is seamlessly integrated. The only bummer is the gravelly engine note.
With a ride height that's 1.5 inches taller for more ground clearance plus slightly narrow tires with taller sidewalls that are compatible with snow or mild off-highway duty, the Allroad's steering is not quite as sharp as the Audi norm. Also the steering effort is somewhat over-light and variable -- which, unfortunately, is the norm from Audi in any case. The suspension does a good job controlling body motions, although impacts are a bit harsh. The A4 Avant proved pretty similar, although its handling was sportier by a degree or two.
Once inside the cabin, you find in the Allroad the same beautifully constructed interior that characterizes the A4 and all Audis for that matter. At the same time, it was easier to hop into and out of the A4 Avant without getting your pants dirty against the rockers while stepping over the wide door sill.
Back in 1999 Audi brought us an A6 Avant-based Allroad because it didn't have any SUVs in its lineup. Given the circumstances, the Allroad made sense because Audi was adapting a station wagon to fill in for a missing player. But now that the Audi has both the Q7 and the Q5, one wonders how the brand's lone remaining station wagon in the U.S. will fare as a neo-SUV.
Compared to the Q5, the Allroad is longer, lower, and lighter. With the same engine, it's also slightly quicker. Fuel economy is pretty much a wash, with both vehicles rated at 20 mpg in the city, and the Allroad scoring 27 mpg on the highway while the Q5 manages 28 mpg. The taller, wider Q5 is unsurprisingly roomier in the rear seat and has a slightly larger cargo hold. Also unsurprising -- but still puzzling -- is the fact that Audi charges more for its station wagon than it does for its SUV. The 2013 Audi Allroad starts at $40,495, which represents a $3700 premium over the base Audi Q5.
This is a pattern we've seen for a while. A Mercedes-Benz E-class wagon costs far more than an M-class sport-utility, while the Ford Flex is pricier than the Explorer. Carmakers charge a premium for their wagons, and when those wagons find few takers, they shrug their shoulders and conclude that buyers just prefer SUVs. But when you look at the limited sales impact of the Volvo XC70, you have to wonder if a Barbour jacket and duck boots are really the answer
The Audi Q5 isn't a bad-looking crossover, but it's nowhere near as low, sleek and suited to the street as the 2013 Audi Allroad. I guess you're supposed to see the choice here the same way you do the comparison between an Audi A6 and an A7. If you want the lower, sleeker, more stylish machine, you're gonna pay more.

2013 Audi Allroad

BASE MSRP (with destination): $40,495
2.0-liter DOHC I-4 turbo
Horsepower: 211hp @ 4300 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
8-speed automatic
8.0 x 18-inch aluminum wheels
245/45R-18 tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway):
20/27 mpg
3891 lb
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo (behind 1st/2ndrow): 50.5/27.6 cu ft [Q5 57.7/29.1]
Legroom (front/rear): 41.3/35.2 in
Headroom (front/rear): 38.8/37.5 in
2.0-liter DOHC I-4 turbo
8-speed automatic transmission
All-wheel drive
18-inch aluminum wheels
Aluminum exterior package
Audi concert radio w/CD and SiriusXM satellite radio
Power front seats
Power windows
Power locks w/remote
Panorama sunroof
Automatic climate control
Aluminum roof rails
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls
Leather seats
Prestige model - $9200
- Adaptive lighting
- Side assist blind-spot monitor
- Passive keyless entry and ignition
- Bang & Olufsen sound system
- Audi MMI navigation plus package
- Auto-dimming mirror w/compass
- Music interface w/iPod cradle
- Bluetooth
- Driver information system w/trip monitor
- Heated front seats
- Memory front seats
- HomeLink garage door opener
- Xenon-plus lighting w/ LED DRLs
- 3-zone climate control
- Power liftgate
Sport Interior package - $500
- Front sport seats w/4-way lumbar
- 3-spoke steering wheel
Phantom black pearl effect paint - $475
Driver Assist package - $3250
- Adaptive cruise control
- Dynamic steering
- Drive Select controls
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2013 Audi Allroad
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2013 Audi Allroad

New For 2013

The 2013 Allroad is an addition to Audi’s North American portfolio for the 2013 model year, effectively replacing the A4 Avant station wagon in the U.S.


Audi no longer sells the A4 Avant wagon in North America, but there is still a way to buy a new A4 wagon in the U.S. – so long as you don’t mind it masquerading as a crossover under the Allroad name. Much like the original A6 Allroad, which was sold here between 1999 and 2005, the new 2013 Allroad blurs the line between station wagon and SUV by taking an A4 Avant, increasing its ground clearance, and tacking on flared fenders and bumper fascias. Like the outgoing A4 Avant, the 2013 Allroad is powered by a 211-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4. An eight-speed automatic sends that power to all four wheels via Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Predictably, the Allroad behaves on-road much like the A4 does, although the increased ride height invites extra body roll in corners. As is the case with the A4, the 2013 Allroad’s interior is handsomely designed and well appointed, and can even be dressed up with optional 12-way power sport seats and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, but cargo capacity – 27 cubic feet with the rear seats up; 50 cubic feet when folded flat – is a little shy of a many midsize crossovers in this segment. In fact, Audi’s Q5 offers similar performance at a similar price point, but for buyers seeking the stature and sure-footed nature of an SUV and the shape of something a little more stylish, the 2013 Allroad may be the best option.


Front, side, and side curtain airbags; traction and stability control; and ABS are standard equipment. A rear-view camera and parking sensors are optional, as is blind-spot detection and adaptive cruise control with emergency mitigation braking.

You’ll like:

  • Handsome exterior and interior design
  • Car-like manners
  • Peppy turbo-four
  • Quattro all-wheel drive traction

You Won’t Like:

  • Priced comparably to larger Q5
  • Fuel economy not much better than many mid-size crossovers, including Q5
  • Numb steering and added body roll
  • Gravelly engine note

Key Competitors for the 2013 Audi Allroad

  • Volvo XC70
  • BMW 328i xDrive Sportswagon
  • Subaru Outback

Sum Up

The soul of a Q5 wrapped in the shape of an A4 station wagon.
2013 Audi Allroad Front Left Side View
I love the look of the new Allroad - the chrome grille, the slightly higher ride height, and plastic cladding give the former A4 Avant an aggressive look. However, that's the problem: figuring out who the Allroad is supposed to be aimed at, since those who want an Avant will scoff at the added ride height and those who want an SUV will look at the similarly priced Q5. Maybe Audi is trying to court those buyers who remember the previous A6 Avant-based Allroad and hoping that the new buyers will overlook the fact this A4-based car lacks its predecessor's trick air suspension.

2013 Audi Allroad

2013 Audi Allroad Front Three Quarter Detail
Audi is heralding the return of its Allroad nameplate in the U.S. for the 2013 model year with a new A4 Avant-based model. The online configurator for the 2013 Allroad has just launched and has revealed that the wagon-cum-crossover will start at $49,495, including destination.

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2013 Audi Allroad Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
211 hp @ 4300rpm
258 ft lb of torque @ 1500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
5,000 miles / 12 months
Recall Date
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Audi A4 and S4 vehicles manufactured February 16, 2012, to October 21, 2014, and 2013-2015 Audi Allroad vehicles manufactured March 12, 2012, to October 21, 2014. Due to an improper algorithm in the air bag control module, if a crash necessitates deployment of the side air bags, a second impact to the front of the vehicle may not command the front air bags to also deploy.
If the front air bags do not deploy in the event of a secondary impact to the front of the vehicle, there is an increased risk of occupant injury.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and Audi dealers will update the air bag control unit software, free of charge. The recall began on November 14, 2014. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69K5.
Potential Units Affected
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