2017 Audi Allroad


#3 out of 6 in 2017 Wagons

2017 Audi Allroad Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Audi Allroad was new.


Performance: 8.7

The 2017 Audi Allroad has excellent performance for the class, with superb on-road handling and respectable off-road abilities as well. A powerful turbocharged engine serves the Allroad well, but it can feel sluggish when accelerating from a stop. Fuel economy is poor compared to other rivals.

  • "Overall, the A4 Allroad is quiet and comfortable, and our long day on the road was almost like a spa treatment even after one national park, several sectors of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, parts of three counties, and more sage bushes than Paul Bunyan's bookkeeper could count. We even went over a snow-stricken 8,431-foot pass that wasn't on Anthony Garbis' driving route, and we never wished that we were consuming fuel at the rate of 14 mpg in some gargantuan SUV or crossover-ish example of conformity." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The A4 Allroad is not designed for rock-crawling, steep mountain climbing or keeping up in any way with lifted Jeeps or radical Land Rovers that can traverse three-foot-deep streams of water. It can, however, handle dirt roads, muddy roads, seasonal fire roads, snow-covered roads, moderately rough terrain, plus, of course, pavement. Driving over 100 miles of wet, muddy, potholed, often snowy, slushy, soupy back-country roads looping through the wilderness somewhere outside of Jackson, Wyoming, the new Allroad dispensed with everything we threw at it." -- New York Daily News
  • "In addition to the expected on-road manners, the Allroad also benefits from some light off-road capabilities thanks to its extra 1.3 inches of ground clearance. It's a far cry from what a dedicated SUV such as a Land Rover Range Rover can do, but rutted, unpaved roads and snow-covered conditions should pose no threat." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Audi Allroad comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower. A new seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are also standard. According to EPA estimates, the Allroad gets 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are very low estimates for the class.

The Allroad delivers good overall power and can easily cruise at highway speeds. However, some test drivers think it could use more speed for passing. There is some notable lag in acceleration from a standstill, but the transmission shifts smoothly and effectively when it comes up to speed. Engaging the transmission's Sport mode helps alleviate these issues.

  • "Power is readily available, linear and smooth. Audi says 60 mph arrives in 5.9 seconds, quick for this 3,825-pound car. We could have used just a bit more oomph during overtaking though, as Wyoming's passing sections are short and there was a surprising amount of traffic to negotiate." -- Autoweek
  • "The A4 Allroad is more than capable of keeping up with the briskest traffic, and we expect it to return a launch-control-assisted zero-to-60-mph time in the mid-five-second range." -- Car and Driver
  • "While we're fans of the engine, and the transmission works seamlessly once moving, we're not thrilled with the lazy transmission mapping from a stop – there's plenty of power but plenty of lag. Push the gas pedal, count one one-thousand, two one-thousand; get frustrated, push harder; fire off too aggressively and too late. The phenomenon is something we're seeing more and more in current Audi and VW products, and the solution is the same here: Engage the transmission's Sport mode from a stop so you can make your merge or get across an intersection without drama, then back into drive to avoid hanging in lower gears after you're up to speed in traffic. It's an easy fix - especially on the ergonomically pleasing spring-loaded shift lever - but one that shouldn't have to be employed." -- Autoblog

Handling and Braking

All-wheel drive is standard in the 2017 Allroad, and there are five selectable driving modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Individual, and Off-Road. The Allroad has poised handling like a car, and the brakes are firm. Dynamic mode increases the Allroad's sportiness. When paired with the available adaptive suspension, the Off-Road mode will provide additional ground clearance. The Allroad also easily handles rough terrain and slippery surfaces.

  • "Whether driven aggressively or gingerly, the car is incredibly capable. … The route was snowy, muddy, wet and loose in places, but the Allroad handled it without flinching all the way up to 75 mph. On the connecting Cottonwood Road and the forest road, the Allroad seriously performed. Despite what most think, you don't need an SUV to do some fun, if not a bit soft, off-roading. The Allroad is capable and comfortable in conditions some crossovers and SUVs might balk at." -- Autoweek
  • "Raising the car a little more than one inch doesn't do much to erode the driving dynamics of the already proficient A4. Unlike the slightly sloppy on-center wobble we found in the A4 sedan's steering, the Allroad's tracks straight and true, no matter what Drive Select mode is engaged, and the brakes deliver inspired feedback without so much as a hint of sponginess. Among Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual modes, we found Auto to do everything well. The steering goes overly light in Comfort mode, while choosing Dynamic cranks the firmness of the adaptive dampers beyond what a pseudo SUV requires. Auto is the 'just right' porridge for this backwoods bear." -- Car and Driver
  • "What it lacks in terms of a commanding road presence and a high seating position, it makes up for in carlike handling and a very well-controlled ride. Playing around with the five driving modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Individual, and Off-Road), you'll notice each one feels distinct. You can immediately feel the steering tighten up in Dynamic mode for tackling twisty roads. Both Comfort and Off-Road modes proved successful at traveling off the beaten path. On rocky trails, you can hit 60 mph and not feel the bumps." -- Motor Trend

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