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.

Overview

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.

Safety

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.

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