2018 Audi Allroad

Performance


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2018 Audi Allroad Performance Review

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Performance: 8.7

The 2018 Audi Allroad delivers better performance than most other wagons. Its turbocharged engine provides plenty of power, though it doesn’t get great fuel economy, and the transmission is sluggish at times. All-wheel drive comes standard. The Allroad handles well on the pavement, and it’s also fairly capable if you head off road.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The Audi Allroad features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 252 horsepower. It’s paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers enough power for daily driving, and the car feels adequately strong when cruising on the highway. Acceleration is fairly quick, but the transmission tends to shift slowly unless you’re stomping the gas pedal.

According to EPA estimates, the Allroad gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are subpar ratings for the class, though it’s worth noting that multiple other wagons are hybrids, which can skew the class average. Still, the Allroad’s gas mileage also lags nonhybrid competitors like the Subaru Outback and Volvo V60.

  • "The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine moves this heavy wagon with unexpected authority, though its responses can be slow-witted at times." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Allroad comes standard with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It feels composed around turns, and strong brakes provide reliable stopping power. The ride is smooth, and this Audi handles inclement weather without issue. Thanks to Quattro and a decent amount of ground clearance, the Allroad can also handle some off-roading.

There are five driving modes to choose from that affect the Allroad’s demeanor: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Individual, and Off-Road. Unlike some cars with selectable driving modes, you can really tell a difference between the Allroad’s settings. An adaptive air suspension is available.

  • "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. … 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 …, 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 (2017)
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