2019 Audi Allroad

Performance


#2 out of 6 in Wagons

2019 Audi Allroad Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.7

The 2019 Audi Allroad is more athletic than most other wagons, and it does well in pretty much every driving situation. It rides smoothly, handles confidently, and can even partake in some mild off-road duty. The Allroad’s standard all-wheel drive is one advantage it has over most competitors.

  • "The new Audi Allroad is something of a Goldilocks, in the best way possible: Its manners split the difference between the sportiness and firmness of a BMW, and the suppleness of a Lexus. The result is a ride that you can truly enjoy on any road." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall, the A4 Allroad is quiet and comfortable, and our long day on the road was almost like a spa treatment. …" -- Automobile Magazine (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 248 horsepower. It’s paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. There's a slight hesitation when you punch the gas, but beyond that, the engine delivers plenty of power and quick acceleration for all driving situations.

Fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Allroad are not yet available. However, the nearly identical 2018 Allroad earned 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Most other wagons – even the nonhybrids – get better gas mileage.

  • "Power-wise, the Allroad's turbocharged 4-cylinder engine feels rewarding. … The engine works quite well with the standard 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, with only a few instances of turbo lag and hesitation in our testing." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine moves this heavy wagon with unexpected authority, though its responses can be slow-witted at times." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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. …" -- Autoweek (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Allroad provides plenty of athleticism, by wagon standards. It's composed and relatively agile on winding roads, with sharp steering. It rides smoothly even over rough pavement, and it soaks up bumps equally well at city and highway speeds. Though it lacks the ground clearance of a truck or SUV, the Allroad can still handle some light off-roading without issue.

There are five modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Individual, and Off-Road) to choose from that alter driving dynamics to suit your preferences. With the Allroad, you can actually tell the difference between these settings, which isn’t the case with some rivals. An adaptive air suspension is available, and the Allroad comes standard with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

  • "Like other Audi models, the Allroad's ride quality excellently combines sportiness, comfort and efficiency." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Car and Driver (2017)

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