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2017 Audi Allroad Review

The 2017 Audi Allroad has engaging handling, decent off-road chops, and a comfortable, upscale interior. Like many luxury cars, its high ownership costs detract from its appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Dynamic on- and off-road performance
  • Upscale interior
  • Lots of standard and available features
  • No optional engines for more power
  • High average list price and ownership costs
  • Low fuel economy for class

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Audi Allroad's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Wagons category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Wagon for Families award. Currently the Audi Allroad has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 19 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Audi Allroad Overview

Is the 2017 Audi Allroad a Good Used Car?

The fully redesigned 2017 Audi A4 Allroad is a good choice if you’re shopping for a used wagon. It delivers excellent overall performance thanks to an upgraded engine, a new transmission, and improved suspension.

On paved roads, the Allroad is sporty and confident, and it can navigate backwoods trails and snowy mountain passes with ease. Inside, standard leather upholstery and lots of amenities complement a luxurious design and sturdy Audi craftsmanship. The MMI infotainment system is intuitive and features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Passengers can easily stretch out and get comfortable. Although the Allroad’s cargo space is average for a wagon, it offers more versatility than a sedan.

This wagon isn't for everyone though. It has a high up-front price and steep ownership costs compared to nonluxury wagons. Still, it's less expensive than hatchback or wagon variants of other upscale cars.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 19 Audi Allroad reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Audi Allroad?

Prices for the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad range from about $35,000 to about $50,000, with an average price of just under $43,000. This pricing data comes from a few dozen listings for the 2017 Allroad on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Audi Allroad Cost to Own?

The 2017 A4 Allroad is more expensive than almost every other wagon when it comes to fuel, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $28,600 over five years for these expenses. However, its costs are midpack compared to luxury rivals. A 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class' five-year cost estimates are typically about $3,600 higher than the Allroad’s, while the 2017 Subaru Outback's estimates are about $6,300 lower.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Allroad?

For 2018, Audi made heated front seats standard in the A4 Allroad. That was the most notable change, aside from a reshuffling of features and packages in higher trims. You might want to consider a used 2017 Allroad instead of new 2018 Audi Allroad. You'll get a nearly identical car and likely save thousands of dollars. Prices for a used 2017 Allroad range from around $35,000 to around $50,000, while the 2018 Allroad starts at about $45,000 and can go up to about $55,000.

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For what you might spend on a used 2017 Allroad, consider well-rounded and highly ranked new wagon like the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and Alltrack models. Though it only has 170 horsepower, this VW accelerates briskly and delivers sharp handling. While the Golf Sportwagen has front-wheel drive, the Golf Alltrack has all-wheel drive. A fully loaded Alltrack model retails for just under $36,000, which is still on the lower end of the 2017 Allroad’s price range. The Alltrack also has lots of features that put it on par with the Allroad, like leatherette upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, navigation, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch screen, a Fender premium audio system, and many driver assistance features. New Sportwagen or Alltrack models are also covered by a six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which is the lengthiest in the industry.

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Which Model Year of the Audi Allroad Is Best?

The Audi A4 Allroad was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year, and it’s a better car than the outgoing generation. Front and center is a redesigned four-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 252 horsepower – a gain of 32 over the 2016 Allroad. A new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission debuted, and the Quattro all-wheel-drive system was revamped for better performance. The MMI infotainment system was redesigned, with larger screen sizes and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Smartphone integration wasn't available prior to 2017.

You can likely save lots of money by going with a model in the previous generation, like a 2015 Allroad or a 2016 Allroad. However, you'll miss out on all the improvements from the redesign.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Audi Allroad?

The 2017 Audi Allroad has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is considered average across the industry.

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2017 Audi Allroad Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 Audi Allroad.

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Which Used Audi Allroad Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. There’s only one powertrain, so choose the model that has the features you want.

The base Allroad has a ton of amenities like leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Some features that come standard in the Premium Plus, like heated front seats and satellite radio, can be found in certain Premium models.

Opt for the Prestige model for features like the upgraded 8.3-inch display screen, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display. Some Prestige models feature ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, and lane keep assist. 

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Infiniti, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the Allroad?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Audi Allroad the highest score of Good in all six crash tests. The Allroad was also named a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Allroad five out of five stars in the side crash test.

A rearview camera, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking come standard in the 2017 Allroad. It also features Audi Pre Sense, which can detect imminent collisions and takes steps to protect the occupants by closing the windows and sunroof, tightening the seat belts, and preparing the brakes for harsh stops or emergency maneuvers.

Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and a surround-view parking camera.

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2017 Audi Allroad Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi Allroad or 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

If you like the Allroad for its luxury badge and utilitarian purposes, check out the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon. The E-Class wagon has seating for seven and several more cubic feet of maximum cargo space than the Allroad. This Benz also sticks out for its elegant interior, marked by top-notch materials and styling. Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system features a standard 12.3-inch display screen and a control knob that together are just as easy to use as Audi's interface. When it comes to performance, the Allroad has a slight edge. Both wagons come with all-wheel drive, but the Audi boasts sportier on-road handling and is more capable off the beaten path. The E-Class is tuned more toward comfort, though it exhibits a little body lean around turns. You'll get more engine power and satisfying acceleration with the E-Class wagon, thanks to its 329-horsepower V6. Your decision between these two may come down to your budget. The E-Class has a higher average price than the Allroad by thousands of dollars, and the Mercedes has higher estimated ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi Allroad or 2017 Subaru Outback?

The 2017 Subaru Outback is more well-rounded and practical than the Allroad. The Outback has a spacious second row and an SUV-like cargo capacity of over 73 cubic feet. We named the Outback our 2017 Best Wagon for Families and our 2017 Best New Cars for Teens. The Subaru’s interior quality is simple yet refined. Both wagons have capable all-wheel-drive systems that allow them to do some light off-roading. The Allroad has better handling on curvy roads, while the Outback strikes a nice balance with its comfortable ride and precise steering. Skip the Outback’s standard 175-horsepower four-cylinder if you often carry a full load of passengers or cargo. Instead, go for the 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine, which gives you better acceleration and overall performance. It's hard to argue against the Outback’s value, especially compared to luxury cars like the Allroad. The Subaru's range of prices are more than $10,000 lower than the Audi's, and you'll likely save several thousand dollars in five-year ownership costs by going with the Outback.

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2017 Allroad Performance

How Does the 2017 Audi Allroad Drive?

The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A new seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive are also standard. The turbo-four engine delivers strong power in most situations, and the transmission shifts smoothly. However, there's a little hesitation when accelerating from a stop, so you might not get off the line as quickly as you'd like. The transmission's sport mode makes the throttle responses a little quicker. The Allroad can get up to highway speeds rather quickly, with a zero-to-60 time of just under six seconds. At cruising speeds, the Allroad can keep up with traffic just fine, but you might find yourself needing a little more power for quick merging or passing.

The Allroad handles both solid pavement and dirt roads with aplomb. 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 the steering tighter for better agility. As its name implies, this Audi is capable of tackling off-road situations as well. It has a little extra ground clearance over the A4 sedan, and there's a dedicated off-road driving mode that enhances different aspects of the car's functionality.

Does the 2017 Audi Allroad Get Good Gas Mileage?

A 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 wagon class.

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2017 Allroad Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Allroad Seat?

The 2017 Audi Allroad seats five. Leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and front sport seats with four-way lumbar adjustments are available. The cabin feels spacious no matter where you sit. It's accommodating enough for taller adults to have plenty of headroom. The front seats are comfortable for long drives, and they offer good support with a variety of adjustable positions. 

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Audi Allroad?

The Audi Allroad has two complete sets of second-row LATCH connections, and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are hidden behind plastic flaps, not buried in the seat cushions like in many other cars. This makes them easy to find and attach to the car-seat straps. The tether anchors are located on the back of the rear seats.

2017 Audi Allroad Features

Standard features in the 2017 Allroad include three-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker sound system, and the MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a head-up display, an 8.3 inch infotainment screen, touchpad handwriting recognition, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Both infotainment systems have crisp displays that are easy to see. The previous iteration of the MMI system earned praise for its ease of use, and the updated 2017 version is even better. It features enhanced voice control and newly available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. While other infotainment interfaces use a touch screen, the MMI system employs a physical knob located on the center console. The available upgraded touchpad has handwriting-recognition technology. You can draw numbers and letters with your finger, making it easier to search through contacts and enter addresses into the navigation system.

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2017 Audi Allroad Dimensions

Audi Allroad Cargo Space

The Audi A4 Allroad has average cargo space for the class, at 24.2 cubic feet. Folding down the second row gives you 58.5 cubic feet. The seats fold in a 40/20/40 configuration, mirroring the size of the rear seats. You can store long items through a large middle opening while retaining two full seating positions in the back. A power liftgate is standard as well.

2017 Allroad Length and Weight

The A4 Allroad is 15.6 feet long. It has a curb weight of 3,825 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Audi Allroad Built?

Audi built the 2017 Allroad in Germany.

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