New for 2015
The 2015 Audi Allroad now rolls with standard HID headlights, LED taillights, a power tailgate, three-zone climate control, and rear privacy glass. A new 18-inch wheel design is also available.
The Audi Allroad is an A4-based luxury crossover that fits in price above the Q3 and alongside the slightly larger Q5 in the automaker’s SUV lineup.
The 2015 Audi Allroad is powered by a 220-hp turbocharged I-4 that makes 258 lb-ft of torque, and gets paired with an eight-speed automatic as well as the standard all-wheel-drive system. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 20/27 mpg city/highway.
The Allroad, like the Volvo XC70, is a Subaru-Outback-style crossover based on a lifted wagon. Some of the most notable features on the 2015 Allroad include drive select (with four modes; Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual), navigation plus that integrates Google Earth imaging and provides a Wi-Fi hotspot for up-to eight devices, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, hands-free keyless access, HID headlights, and LED daytime running lights.
The 2015 Audi Allroad received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but has not been evaluated by the IIHS.
What We Think
The 2015 Audi Allroad is as close as wagon aficionados can get to an A4 Avant in the U.S. market since the small Audi wagon departed several years ago, albeit a tall wagon. 7.1 inches of ground clearance bestows the Allroad with a healthy amount of body roll, but is otherwise a solid performer, as we noted in an Editor’s Notebook review of a 2013 Audi Allroad, the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 “gets the car up to speed (and then some) very quickly.”
Inside, the styling and appointment is as good as we’ve come to expect from Audi, but the steering is over-light and variable in effort, an unfortunate reality in many Audi models. We were confused, however, by the target audience of this Audi, and who it might be. A Q5 crossover crowds the niche as well, offering more passenger room, more cargo room, nearly the same fuel economy, and a price that comes in $3,100 lower than the Allroad. In our Driven review of a 2013 Audi Allroad we figured, “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.”
- Plenty of power from the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4
- Competitive fuel economy
- Wagon-like versatility
You Won’t Like
- Body roll
- More expensive than roomier Q5
- Smaller than the A6-based Allroad it replaced
- Volvo XC70
- Subaru Outback
- Audi Q5
- Lexus RX