2018 Audi Allroad

#2 in Wagons

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MSRP: $44,500 - 44,500

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Audi Allroad ranked #2 in Wagons. Currently the Audi Allroad has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2018 Audi Allroad Review

The 2018 Audi Allroad sits near the top of our wagon rankings thanks to its mixture of luxury, performance, and top-flight safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Posh interior
  • Comfortable, spacious seating in both rows
  • Good handling
  • Smooth ride
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Transmission shifts slowly at times
  • Higher starting price than most wagons

New for 2018

 

  • Heated seats now standard
  • Features and packages shuffle in higher trims

 

Is the Audi Allroad a Good Wagon?

The Audi Allroad is a very good wagon. It offers a smooth ride, engaging handling, and a potent engine. Add in exceptionally comfortable seats, and you can see why the Allroad ranks so well. There are a few downsides, however. The Allroad is significantly more expensive than class rivals, its transmission can be slow to respond, and it gets below-average fuel economy ratings.

Should I Buy the Audi Allroad?

This Audi is a good choice for luxury wagon shoppers, but given its high starting price, it's not for everyone. There are a couple other luxury wagons, but among them, the Allroad stands out. The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon and the Allroad have similar price tags, but the Audi has more available features. The Volvo V60 costs less and has additional engine options, but the Audi's interior is nicer and more spacious.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi Allroad?

Newer cars aren't always appreciably better than used cars from the same generation, as the changes from year to year are often minor. That's the case with the Allroad, which gets standard heated seats for 2018 but otherwise sees no real changes. The current generation began with the 2017 model, so finding a used Allroad from this generation may not be easy. Still, if you like the Allroad, shopping used is a good route to go, as you can probably save a bundle of money on essentially the same vehicle.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overview of the 2017 Allroad. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles. 

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We Did the Research for You: 20 Reviews Analyzed

We don't base our vehicle reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we look at opinions from other industry experts and combine them with reliability and crash test data, fuel economy estimates, and more to create a complete picture of every car we rank. For the 2018 Audi Allroad, we looked at 20 professional reviews.

This Audi A4 Allroad overview incorporates research and data from all model years in the current generation, which includes the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Audi Allroad Cost?

The Audi Allroad Premium (base trim) starts at $44,500. That makes this one of the most expensive wagons on the market, and its starting price is more than double that of some class rivals. However, the Allroad is also one of the few wagons that’s made by a luxury brand.

Besides the base trim, there are two higher Allroad trims: Premium Plus (starting at $47,200) and Prestige ($53,000). All three trims offer at least one option package, and prices can climb by more than $1,000 depending on which option package(s) you want.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

Audi Allroad Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi Allroad or Volvo V60?

Going with the Volvo V60 over the Allroad saves you more than $6,000. The V60 is available with two optional turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engines that are more powerful than the Allroad's lone turbocharged four-cylinder. With its base engine, the V60 also delivers better fuel economy.

Despite the V60's appealing qualities, the Allroad is the better wagon here. The V60 has fewer standard features than the Allroad, which comes with leather seats, a power liftgate, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay in all models. While the V60 has a cumbersome infotainment system, the Allroad's MMI system is user-friendly and intuitive. Additionally, the V60 has cramped rear seats that are better suited for kids than adults. By comparison, the Allroad's rear seats are spacious enough for adults. Also, the V60 has below-average predicted reliability and a lower maximum cargo capacity (by nearly 15 cubic feet).

Which Is Better: Audi Allroad or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon compares well with the Allroad. It has the utility of a wagon while still retaining the base 3 Series' good blend of sporty and stable handling. The BMW’s base engine has similar power and slightly better gas mileage than the Allroad. The available turbodiesel offers great fuel economy for a wagon (30/40 mpg). Like the Allroad, the 3 Series Sports Wagon has standard all-wheel drive.

Inside, the 3 Series Sports Wagon has a comfortable and luxurious cabin, with niceties like wood trim and 10-way power-adjustable sport seats up front. Passenger space is similar in both models, but the Allroad has an extra 3.3 cubic feet of cargo space. You also get additional standard features – like Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, and tri-zone automatic climate control – in the Allroad, which makes it a better choice.

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Allroad Interior

How Many People Does the Allroad Seat?

The Audi Allroad seats five people. The front seats are supportive, and the rear seats have enough headroom for taller passengers. Both rows have plenty of legroom.

Allroad and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, and the middle seat has a tether anchor. The Allroad’s LATCH system is good overall; the anchors are easy to find and car seats can be clipped in without much fuss.

Allroad Interior Quality

Few cars in the class, if any, can match the Allroad’s cabin quality, which is filled with high-end materials, including standard leather seats. The overall design is attractive as well.

Allroad Cargo Space

With the rear seats up, the Allroad has just over 24 cubic feet of cargo space, which is room for nearly two dozen shopping bags. It's also enough room for plenty of luggage if you plan to use the Allroad for family vacations.

With the rear seats down, you'll have 58.5 cubic feet of cargo space. That's more than enough space for some outdoor rec equipment like a snowboard, bicycle, or camping gear. There's a low liftover height, and the rear seats fold nearly flat, giving you an even cargo floor.

Allroad Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Audi A4 Allroad include a panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display. Available features include satellite radio, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, navigation, and an upgraded MMI system with an 8.3-inch touch screen.

The MMI system has a little bit of a learning curve thanks to its control knob, but it's easy to use once you get the hang of it. The upgraded system's touch screen has sharp graphics and responds to handwriting inputs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't standard in that many cars, so the Allroad has a leg up on many rivals there.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Allroad Performance

Allroad Engine: No Options

The Allroad only has one available powertrain: a turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 252 horsepower, and it moves the car easily whether you’re driving around town or on the highway. The acceleration is quick, but the transmission feels lazy when you’re taking off from a stop.

Allroad Gas Mileage: It’s Not Great

The Allroad doesn’t have the worst mpg ratings on the road, but among wagons, it ranks pretty low. The Allroad gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. It also requires premium gasoline, whereas many other wagons do not.

The Allroad comes standard with all-wheel drive, which tends to negatively impact fuel economy (AWD vehicles are usually less efficient). Still, the Subaru Outback comes with AWD and gets 25/32 mpg city/highway, and the AWD version of the Volvo V60 gets 22/33 mpg. Each year, the Allroad will cost you an extra $350 in gas money compared to the V60 and $450 compared to the Outback.

Allroad Ride and Handling: Much Better Than a Radio Flyer

The Allroad delivers a comfortable ride and composed handling. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard, as is a drive mode selector with five settings. Even during inclement weather, the Allroad feels stable (not just because of Quattro), and it’s also capable of some light off-roading.

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Allroad Reliability

Is the Audi Allroad Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Audi Allroad a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Audi Allroad Warranty

The 2018 Audi Allroad is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. That’s comparable to the warranties that many class rivals offer.

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Allroad Safety

Allroad Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the 2018 Audi Allroad a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in all crash safety tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards the Allroad five stars in the side crash test.

Allroad Safety Features

The Allroad’s standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Basic, and Audi Pre Sense City. Optional active safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, Audi Pre Sense Rear, a head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go sensing, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, a top-view camera system, collision avoidance assistance, and Audi Connect services, which include emergency responder notification, roadside assistance, voice-control navigation, real-time traffic updates, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Which Audi Allroad Model Is Right for Me?

There are three Allroad trims to choose from, and the only real differences involve feature availability. All three trims have the same engine and come with all-wheel drive. The Premium (base) trim doesn’t offer much beyond the standard features, so it’s not a great choice for most people.

That leaves the Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The Prestige comes with more features, and it offers the most active safety features. It costs several thousand more than the Premium Plus trim, but the price gap narrows quite a bit if you add the Navigation package to the Premium Plus. It boils down to active safety features: If you want more of them, go with the Prestige, otherwise, the Premium Plus will work just fine.

Audi Allroad Premium

The A4 Allroad Premium is the base trim, and it has a starting price of $44,500. As mentioned above, the Premium trim doesn't offer much beyond the standard features, but the Convenience package ($1,000) does add satellite radio, keyless entry, and push-button start.

Audi Allroad Premium Plus

The A4 Allroad Premium Plus starts at $47,200. The Premium Plus comes with everything found in the Premium trim, as well as a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and a hands-free power liftgate. Several extra driver assistance features come standard, such as Audi Pre Sense Rear and front and rear parking sensors.

There are also a few option packages available. The Warm Weather package ($1,450) adds ventilated front sport seats. The Cold Weather package ($650) includes heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

The Navigation and Telematics package ($3,000) ups your tech game considerably. It includes navigation and Audi Connect and upgrades the MMI infotainment display to a touch screen.

Audi Allroad Prestige

The A4 Allroad Prestige starts at $53,000. As the highest trim, the Prestige comes with the most features. It includes everything that comes in the Premium Plus, as well as a virtual cockpit display and the touch-screen MMI infotainment system with navigation and handwriting recognition. The Prestige also adds more active safety features, including a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a surround-view camera, and collision avoidance assistance.

The Cold and Warm Weather packages are available in the Prestige trim, and they cost the same as they do in the Premium Plus.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

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The Final Call

The Audi A4 Allroad’s price might scare off some shoppers, but it shouldn’t. This vehicle ranks near the top of the class (like its cousin, the A4 sedan) and with good reason. Though it only has one available powertrain, the Allroad has plenty of power and handles better than most wagons. Inside, it has plenty of passenger space and offers a generous assortment of features.

There are other wagons worth looking at, but most luxury wagons pale in comparison to the Allroad. The Volvo V60 is less expensive, but it provides much less value. And the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon costs about the same but doesn’t deliver the same quality as the Audi.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Do I want it? If I could swear in print, I would. Strongly. The … Audi Allroad is that good." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "You don't necessarily need to buy a luxury crossover SUV to get utility. Check out the … Audi A4 Allroad. This small wagon can haul a fair amount of stuff, and its extra ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive will help you out when the road or weather turns nasty." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "So who will buy one? Audi says its Allroad buyer is highly educated, typically male, and seeks a work-life balance suited to pursuing outdoor activities. We imagine the Allroad is a lot more fun to drive than a standard crossover on more forbidding roads, and you can fit a helluva lot more in the cabin than a standard A4. Will the new Allroad be a huge sales hit? Unlikely, but perhaps it's even more alluring that way." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: February 23, 2018

Rising Sales: Right now, sales of the Audi Allroad are up 14.9 percent compared to sales by this same point a year ago. Still, sales of the Allroad make up barely 1 percent of all wagon sales. The Subaru Outback dominates the segment and is responsible for nearly 90 percent of wagon sales.

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