Audi Allroad

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2017 Audi Allroad Overview

The 2017 Audi Allroad ranks 1 out of 8 Wagons.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a better wagon than the 2017 Audi Allroad. You get precision handling, standard all-wheel drive, a cabin that provides loads of space, and plenty of high-tech features. But beware: This wagon costs a pretty penny.

SEATING


5

MPG


23

  CITY


28

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


AWD

HP


252
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent handling on all types of terrain
  • Upscale interior with engaging technology
  • Plenty of passenger space
  • Powerful engine
  • Poor fuel economy
  • High starting price
  • No engine upgrades available

Notable for 2017

  • Fully redesigned

Audi Allroad Rankings and Research

The 2017 Audi Allroad ranking is based on its score within the Wagons category. Currently the Audi Allroad has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 12 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.1
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_5

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2017 Audi Allroad Review

By Blair Travers April 6, 2017

You'll be hard-pressed to find a better wagon than the 2017 Audi Allroad. You get precision handling, standard all-wheel drive, a cabin that provides loads of space, and plenty of high-tech features. But beware: This wagon costs a pretty penny.

Is the Audi Allroad a Good Wagon?

Following a full redesign for 2017, the Allroad outmatches the competition in nearly every area. Based on the Audi A4 sedan, the Allroad delivers phenomenal overall performance, with an upgraded engine, a new transmission, and improved suspension. On paved roads, the Allroad has sporty and confident driving dynamics, but it can also navigate rocky backwoods trails and snowy mountain passes thanks to standard all-wheel drive.

While it's at home in the great outdoors, the Allroad also cleans up nicely with its classy interior. Standard leather seating and a wide variety of comfort accessories complement a luxurious design and sturdy Audi craftsmanship. Passengers will have ample room to stretch out and enjoy the ride in style. The MMI infotainment system, consistently praised for its ease of use, keeps you connected.

Should I Buy the Audi Allroad?

While there's a lot to love about it, the Audi Allroad is one costly wagon, both at the dealer with its high starting price and at the gas station, where it gets below-average fuel economy. However, if you're looking for a car with hatchback utility, excellent performance, and luxury-brand quality, there are few other choices. If you want more power, you'll have to look elsewhere, though. No engine upgrades are available for the Allroad.

Two of the Allroad's most popular rivals are the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon and Volvo V60, which both offer great performance as well. Unlike the Audi, both have a lineup of potent optional engines. However, they don't offer quite as many standard features or space compared to the Allroad.

You might also consider Allroad stablemate the Audi Q5, a luxury compact SUV. Like the Allroad's wagon rivals, the Q5 has a lower starting price and offers more powerful engines to replace its base power plant, though it lacks some of the latest features that Audi offers.

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We Did the Research for You: 12 Pieces of Data Analyzed

To make your car shopping experience easier, we've done the research for you. To compile our comprehensive 2017 Audi Allroad review, our team analyzed nine pieces of data, including fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test scores, and other reviews. We compared this data with the Allroad's rivals to give you the most in-depth analysis you can find. Here, you'll find answers to your most pressing Allroad questions.

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How Much Does the Audi Allroad Cost?

With a starting price of $44,000, the 2017 Audi Allroad is one of the most expensive wagons available. That's more than you'll pay for the base Volvo V60 ($36,150) or BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon ($42,950). Brand loyalists might also consider the Audi Q5, a luxury compact SUV that starts at $40,900.

The Allroad Premium is the base trim. You can upgrade to the Premium Plus and Prestige trims, for $47,000 and $51,400, respectively. There are also packages that allow you to further customize the Allroad. These add-ons range in price from $350 to $3,250.

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Audi Allroad Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi Allroad or Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5, a luxury compact SUV, comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that isn't as powerful as the Allroad's engine. The Q5 also weighs more, which slows it down. Though neither is slow, the Allroad accelerates a bit faster. However, unlike its wagon sibling, the Q5 offers a pair of supercharged V6 engines: one produces 272 horsepower, and the performance-oriented SQ5 puts out 354 horses. Both numbers top the Allroad. Though the Allroad's fuel economy is unimpressive compared to other wagons, it's better than the Q5's estimates. You'll save $200 per year by going with the Allroad. Both handle well, but the Q5 has a firmer ride than the Allroad. The redesigned adaptive suspension of the Allroad can give you extra ground clearance, though it still doesn't reach the Q5's height.

Both Audis feature a well-made interior, comfortable seats, and enough cargo room for everyone's luggage. Audi's MMI infotainment system is easy to use, but the Allroad's MMI system is a newer variant. It features sharper graphics, quicker responses, and enhanced voice control. The Allroad comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which aren't even offered in the Q5.

The Allroad's starting price is about $3,100 more than the Q5's, but the Allroad is an all-around better vehicle and worth the extra money. However, if price is a major concern, the Q5 offers much of what the Allroad does at a lower price.

Which Is Better: Audi Allroad or Volvo V60?

Though you'll save nearly $8,000 by going with the Volvo V60, the Allroad is worth the extra dough. It comes with features that the V60 doesn't, including a power liftgate, push-button start, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, among others. The V60's infotainment system can also be frustrating at times, while the Allroad's MMI system is a breeze. If having plenty of room for rear-seat passengers is important to you, stay away from the V60. In contrast, the Allroad offers plenty of space in the back for adults. Also, the Allroad's maximum cargo capacity is 14.7 cubic feet more than the V60's.

While the Allroad doesn't offer upgraded engines, the V60 can come with one of three turbocharged four-cylinder engines that make up to 362 horsepower. The V60 offers better fuel economy with its base engine. However, for a fair comparison, the base V60 with all-wheel drive returns 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is comparable to the Allroad. The Allroad receives an above-average predicted reliability rating for the wagon class, while the V60's score is below average.

High on the list of things that make a great wagon is ample rear-seat and cargo space. The V60 doesn't deliver on those standards, especially compared to the Allroad, but it does offer a bevy of available engines that leave the Allroad's turbo-four in the dust.

Which Is Better: Audi Allroad or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series is available as a wagon that can challenge the Allroad for everyday comfort, performance, and utility. Starting around $1,000 less than the Allroad, the 3 Series Sports Wagon features a luxurious and comfortable interior with amenities like 10-way power-adjustable front sport seats and wood trim. Though rear-seat space is comparable in both models, the Allroad offers 5.5 extra cubic feet of cargo space behind those seats. That's large enough for two large suitcases. You'll also get more standard features in the Allroad, including a tri-zone automatic climate control, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

The Sports Wagon inherits the 3 Series' legendary handling, which is a pleasant blend of sporty and stable. Just like the Allroad, the 3 Series Sports Wagon comes standard with all-wheel drive. You can choose from two engines: a four-cylinder that is nearly as powerful as the Allroad's and returns slightly better highway fuel economy, or a 180-horsepower turbodiesel that achieves excellent fuel economy for the class: 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

While you can save a little money on the 3 Series Sport Wagon, you're better off with the Allroad. It gives you a longer list of standard equipment and more space overall.

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Allroad Interior

How Many People Does the Allroad Seat?

Step into the Allroad and you'll notice how spacious the cabin feels. There's seating for five and the back seat is accommodating enough for taller adults, who will have plenty of headroom. For 2017, the Allroad gains a few inches of rear legroom.

The front seats are comfortable for long drives and offer good support with a variety of adjustable positions. You can also opt for heated or ventilated front seats so you can warm up after coming off the ski slopes or stay cool on a sweltering summer excursion. Heated rear seats are also offered.

Allroad and Car Seats

Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to evaluate the Allroad's LATCH system for ease of use, it is based on the same system that's in the A4, which is easy to use. The lower anchors in the second row are tastefully hidden behind covers that easily lift up for you to find. This is in contrast to many other cars that have their connectors buried deep in the seat cushion. This means you can easily attach the seat straps.

Allroad Interior Quality

The 2017 Audi Allroad boasts one of the best overall interiors in the class. It starts with the high-quality materials and upscale design for which most Audis are known. Leather seating is standard, and most surfaces are soft to the touch. Other accoutrements, like real wood trim, also contribute to an elegant feel.

Allroad Cargo Space

Many other cars include a rear seat that folds in two separate pieces, at a 60/40 split. The Allroad, however, folds in a 40/20/40 configuration, mirroring the size of the rear seats. With this setup, you can store long items through a large middle opening while retaining two full seating positions in the back.

The Allroad has about average cargo space for the class, at 24.2 cubic feet. Folding down the rear seat gives you 58.5 cubic feet. Though the Volvo V60 offers a bit more space behind the rear seats, its maximum cargo capacity is smaller by almost 15 cubic feet.

Allroad Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The centerpiece of the Allroad's dashboard is the standard MMI infotainment system displayed on a 7-inch screen. Both the standard and available 8.3-inch screens have crisp visuals that are easy to see. Though the previous iteration of the MMI system earns praise, this version is even better, with features like enhanced voice control.

While other infotainment interfaces use a touch screen, you control the MMI system with a central knob located on the console between the front seats. However, you can upgrade this control knob to get touch capabilities. It can then recognize numbers and letters input with your finger, making it easier to search through contacts or enter addresses into the navigation system.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also come standard in the Allroad, allowing you to sync your smartphone to the MMI system and view apps, messages, and media on the screen. While the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon offers both of these integration functions as an option, you can't get them in the Volvo V60 or the Audi Q5.

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: Upgraded Powertrain

The Allroad regularly sits at the top of the class in terms of performance, and several improvements for this year aim to set it apart even more. Front and center is a redesigned four-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 252 horsepower – a gain of 32 over last year. Audi pairs that with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, replacing the eight-speed automatic from previous years.

The refreshed engine delivers strong power in most situations, and the transmission shifts smoothly. However, there is some momentary hesitation when accelerating from a stop, so you might not get off the line as quickly as you'd like. Fortunately, engaging the transmission's sport mode helps the car jump a little more. The Allroad can get up to highway speeds rather quickly, doing zero to 60 mph in just under six seconds, according to Audi. At cruising speeds, the Allroad can keep up with traffic just fine, but you might find yourself needing a little more power for quick passing maneuvers.

Allroad Gas Mileage: You Can Do Better

A significant tradeoff for the Allroad's excellent performance is its fuel economy. You can expect to get about 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are among the lowest numbers in the class. That's better than other wagons, like the BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon, but you can save $500 annually by going for the Volvo V60 with front-wheel drive.

Allroad Ride and Handling: Traverse All Roads

For daily on-road driving, you'll probably appreciate how the Allroad handles. It has a smooth and comfortable ride and stays controlled much like a smaller car. Those who want to dial up the sportiness factor can switch to the standard drive select system's Dynamic mode, which stiffens the suspension and makes steering tighter for better agility and cornering ability.

Allroad Off-Road Performance

The Allroad is one of the most competent wagons for on- or off-road use. It comes standard with Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, which is also upgraded for 2017. Other changes include a redesigned optional adaptive suspension, as well as a drive select system that has five selectable driving modes, including an off-road mode that improves traction. When equipped with the adaptive suspension, this mode provides additional ground clearance. You'll get more ground clearance with the Audi Q5, a luxury compact SUV. Like the Allroad, it comes standard with all-wheel drive and performs well off road. The V60 comes standard with front-wheel drive, and the 3 Series includes rear-wheel drive. However, both models offer an all-wheel-drive system as an available option. The V60 is a solid off-roader, though the BMW lacks the off-road chops of the Audis and Volvo.

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Allroad Reliability

Is the Audi Allroad Reliable?

From J.D. Power and Associates, the 2017 Allroad scores 3.5 out of five for predicted reliability, which is considered above average, even for the class. The BMW 3 Series matches that score, but the Audi Q5 and Volvo V60 score lower (three and 2.5, respectively).

Audi Allroad Warranty

Audi covers the 2017 Allroad with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. This is a typical warranty for the wagon class.

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Allroad Safety

Allroad Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has only tested the 2017 Audi Allroad in the side crash test category, in which the Allroad scored five out of five stars. The BMW 3 Series and the Audi Q5 both earn impressive safety scores.

Allroad Safety Features

In terms of advanced safety or driver assistance features, the Allroad is among the leaders in the class. A rearview camera comes standard, as does forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. These features can alert you of an impending collision ahead and begin to brake the car automatically if you don’t respond in time to the warnings. The Allroad also features Audi Pre Sense, which detects imminent collisions and takes steps to protect the occupants by closing windows and the sunroof, tightening the seat belts, and preparing the brakes for harsh stops or emergency maneuvers.

You can also opt for other available features like front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and a top-view camera system. Adaptive cruise control maintains a steady following distance between you and cars in front of you, and it can operate in stop-and-go traffic as well. A head-up display projects vital information onto the windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.

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Which Audi Allroad Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Audi Allroad has a base price of $44,000. It comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. All trims come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Considering the Allroad has one of the highest starting prices among wagons, it takes a lot to justify the extra cost of a higher trim level. The Premium (base) trim offers the most value since it comes with so many standard features, and there are numerous option packages to get the Allroad closer to the way you want it without jumping up a level.

Audi Allroad Premium

The base Allroad starts at $44,000 and comes with plenty of standard features, including push-button ignition, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 5-inch driver information display. You'll also get leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats.

Audi’s MMI infotainment system includes a 7-inch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker sound system, two USB ports, and Bluetooth with audio streaming.

Also standard is Audi Pre Sense Basic, which prepares the vehicle for any possible crash it detects by tightening restraints and closing windows and the sunroof, and Audi Pre Sense City, a system that includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

You might consider custom tailoring the Premium model rather than upgrading to a higher trim. Heated front seats are optional for $500. The Convenience package costs $900 and comes with satellite radio, proximity key entry, remote ignition, and memory settings for the driver's seat and outside mirrors. The MMI Navigation Plus package costs $2,400. It adds HD Radio, navigation, touchpad capacity, and Audi Connect services, which include emergency responder notification, roadside assistance, voice-control navigation, real-time traffic updates, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Some options are available for all trims. The $500 Sport package includes front sport seats with four-way lumbar adjustments. Rear side airbags will cost you $350.

Audi Allroad Premium Plus

The Premium Plus trim starts at $47,000. Added features include a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, satellite radio, proximity key, remote start, heated front seats, driver's seat and outside mirror memory settings, front and rear parking sensors, and Audi Connect security services.

There are also a couple of packages available for the Premium Plus. The Cold Weather package with heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel will cost you $500. The Technology package costs $3,250 and includes HD Radio, a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit display, navigation, touchpad capacity, additional Audi Connect services, blind spot monitoring, and Audi Pre Sense Rear, which operates similarly to Audi Pre Sense Basic by preparing the vehicle for a possible rear crash.

Audi Allroad Prestige

The Prestige model will cost you $51,400. You’ll get voice-controlled navigation, an 8.3-inch center screen, a virtual cockpit, HD Radio, real-time traffic, a top-view camera system, a head-up display, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Prestige is available with optional packages as well. The Warm Weather package retails for $1,450 and includes front sport seats, ventilated front seats, and rear sunshades. The Driver Assistance package costs $1,800, and adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go sensing, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, and lane keep assist.

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

Our wagons class encompasses everything from small hatchbacks to hybrids to five-door versions of luxury sedans. As a prime example of the latter, the 2017 Audi Allroad has few direct competitors. The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon and the Volvo V60 are two that give the Allroad a run for its money. While both come with standard engines that aren't as powerful as the Allroad's, they offer optional engines that blow the doors off the Audi.

The Allroad gives you plenty of standard features, all-around seating comfort, and space for all of your gear. Its interior showcases many features – like an improved MMI infotainment system and optional virtual cockpit – that Audi has yet to roll out to the rest of the lineup, including the Audi Q5. Although it's an expensive wagon, do yourself a favor and test-drive the Allroad.

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 2017 Audi Allroad is that good." -- Autoweek
  • "You don't necessarily need to buy a luxury crossover SUV to get utility. Check out the redesigned 2017 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
  • "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
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