Car of the Day: 2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T quattro tiptronic
The Car: 2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T quattro tiptronic
Where I drove it: New York City
First Impressions: If a car is supposed to say something about the driver’s mindset and persuasions, what’s a Saab buyer to do? Well if the Subaru Outback wagon just doesn’t have the interior design acumen to cut the mustard, and the Volvo XC70 has gone too SUV, perhaps the Audi Allroad station wagon is more appropriate inheritance to those who thirst for northern Euro mindset. It’s outdoorsy in a friendly way and it’s got a tough form, but the Allroad is inviting. It’s powerful, but more earthy than say, an Audi S7. It’s a tad wagon nostalgic, yet it retains enough modernistic cues that it’s contemporary, down to the singleframe grille and slitted-headlights. The Allroad seems like a reasonable choice until you look at the Audi A4 avant that’s now only sold in Europe, where all the best station wagons live. So just don’t look. (Stop. I see you on Google.)You’ll start to get jealous.
Second date: I warmed up to the Audi Allroad in,like five seconds. Standard features such as the panoramic sunroof, Halogen headlights and heated mirrors account for the luxury clout afforded to the Allroad’s base model (and it’s substantial price tag.) The circular exhaust pipes add a sporty inflection to the rear. The optional moonlight blue sheen on my test created bit of unexpected pizazz to the exterior.
On the inside: Audi understands how to execute a well-balanced black interior. Technology such as Audi connect is integrated into the scheme in a way that’s, dare I say, intuitive. If I were springing for this plus-forty thousand dollar Audi, I would upgrade to the Bang & Olufsen sound system. Parents with kids in the back have the extra safety insurance of Audi side assist for their blind spots.
Under the Hood: 2.0 liter turbocharged I-4 engine producing 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s equipped with an 8-speed tiptronic transmission that does just fine on your average thoroughfare — though I wouldn’t call it a trail-rated monster.
Five Days Later: While the Allroad can be heavy-handed at time, the turbo-powered I4 gives it solid performance and the looks and ergonomic comforts made the Allroad grow on me. (and yes, I always had a soft spot for Saabs.)
Extras: On my test cars additional features included the moonlight blue metallic paint, allroad Premium Plus Model with auto-dimming interior mirror with compass, auto-dimming power-folding, heated exterior mirrors, Audi music interface with iPod cable, Bluetooth, driver information system, heated front seats with driver memory, HomeLink garage door opener, Audi xenon pulse lighting with LED DRL, three-zone climate control and power tailgate.
TOTAL: $44,270 (full vehicle pricing)
What people are saying:
The expansive pricing makes the decision to replace the A4 Avant in the U.S. seem even more condescending—You Americans just don’t get it, so have this fake SUV! And it costs more!—or would if the decision didn’t spring from hard truth, and if we hadn’t seen it happen before (Legacy wagon scrapped for Outback, 5-series wagon killed for 5-series GT, and so on). Regular wagons, ones with sleek profiles and athletic handling, don’t sell here, but cars that advertise lifestyles do. That’s a damn shame. Because although the Allroad is good—and better than no wagon at all—there wasn’t much wrong with the A4 Avant.” — Erik Johnson for Car and Driver.
“This is a version of the company’s deft and efficient compact wagon, the A4 Avant, tarted up to look more outdoorsy, more alpine, more nymph-slattern of the North Woods. It’s very big in Colorado, apparently,” Dan Neil reports in the Wall Street Journal.