When you need the space and flexibility of a station wagon, but don’t want a wagon that feels like a wagon one of the best choices is the Audi allroad. This station wagon is built by one of the premier luxury automakers in the world to give owners the space and cargo capacity they desire, but the performance and equipment of a luxury car. The Audi allroad is truly a testament to those who want to have their cake and eat it too by offering everything that could be hoped for from a great luxury station wagon.
This station wagon is made to give more than just extra space, it offer all-wheel drive in order to be able to handle all weather conditions including light trails and heavy snow. The Audi allroad is built to compete against the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC60 Cross Country and shows up well against both these stalwart competitors. Because the allroad focuses on comfort over the utility features, this vehicle can be put up against some of the smaller crossover SUV’s on the market today. With that being said, the allroad is one of the premier vehicles for those who prefer the feeling of a car over and SUV when driving.
For 2015, the allroad adds standard HID headlights, a power tailgate, rear privacy glass and three-zone automatic climate control to the model making it an even more luxurious wagon for owners to boast about. In order to put the four ring badge on the front of a vehicle it must have exceptional handling and control at high speeds and offer a smooth ride for the occupants of the vehicle. The allroad offers just that ad more coming from the dynamic suspension system that makes the ride feel as smooth as glass, and a highly engaging steering system along with some fantastic brakes that are made to stop this car quickly and easily. Even though Audi warns against taking the allroad off the pavement, it offers a 7.1 inch ground clearance and the signature Quattro all-wheel drive system that is made to handle light trails and some sandy beach and desert areas for some remote location enjoyment.
The Audi allroad shows up with only one engine to power this fine vehicle. This engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that offers 220 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends the power to all four wheels via the Quattro all-wheel drive system. Even at the weight of 3,900 pounds, this car can reach sixty mph in 6.4 seconds, leaving some of the more powerful sedans on the market behind. The only real knock on this great wagon is the fuel mileage which comes in at a low 21 city/28 hwy mpg when powered by gasoline and 15 city/21 hwy mpg when E85 ethanol is used for the fuel.
Inside the allroad is a very spacious cabin that rivals the Q5 SUV in size, coming in at 27 cubic feet with the Q5 offering only 29 and being an SUV. With the seats folded down the allroad offers a massive 50 cubic feet of space for owners to bring home whatever cargo they feel they will need for a weekend project or to take some fun gear to the beach. The control panel of the allroad gives luxury car owners a set of features that help keep the vehicle on the road along with a great deal of entertainment options for passengers to enjoy. All surfaces are covered in soft and enjoyable materials to give the allroad a great feeling of comfort when driving.
On the outside, instead of just looking like another boring wagon, the allroad is dynamic in appearance offering an athletic and wide stance to let owners know it’s ready to go. The front of the car features a narrow grill with the four circle badge firmly in place and two narrow headlights flanking the grill giving the front a very determined look, which is the personality of this vehicle. The allroad is smooth to the rear with enjoyable angles and slopes gently to the back instead of being cut off sharply at a corner, making a nice transition for all owners to enjoy.
The Audi allroad offers standard features that include leather seating, a panoramic roof, HID headlights with LED running lights, heated front seats, a 6.5 inch color screen with audio, climate and vehicle controls, Bluetooth connectivity, tri-zone climate control, a power rear liftgate, and the Audi music interface that allows access to music from an iPod or iPhone and control the music through the audio system of the car. These features allow the allroad to be a great vehicle to drive even at the standard base model.
The optional features of the allroad take the car to a whole new level of luxury and awesome. These optional features include the world-class infotainment suite that offers Google Earth with Street View, the ability to connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices, the Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, side assist blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, Audi Connect, Advanced Key keyless entry with push button starting, Bluetooth streaming, sport front seats and rear side airbags. With all these features aboard, the allroad is certainly not a boring station wagon, but a place to get away and enjoy the drive and entertainment from the awesome features of the car.
The base starting price of the Audi allroad comes in at $43,325 with a fully loaded version making its way much closer to $60,000. Selecting the allroad over other vehicles offers drivers the flexibility to drive a premium luxury car with a ton of added cargo space for hauling the necessary gear home or out to the destination for some fun. With the allroad in your driveway, neighbors may look in wonder and ask, but one ride in this great luxury car and you might just seem them pop up all over your housing development.