The Audi Allroad is a wagon-styled off-pavement, semi-off-road vehicle. It is actually a hatchback version of the A6 first introduced in 1999. By 2006, Audi simply added the A6 Allroad Quattro to its available trims. By 2009, the Allroad models were moved to the A4 lineup.
All Audi Allroad models are known more for their rugged exterior than actual rugged performance; offering drivers a quality experience with good acceleration and excellent handling with the Quattro fulltime all-wheel-drive system. All modes are generally equipped with standard and optional A6 features. Actual off-road capability is limited, and it is better suited for unpaved roads, such as gravel, dirt, or beaches.
Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Audi Allroad 2.7T Quattro wagon, Audi Allroad 4.2 Quattro wagon
The 2.7T Allroad model received no changes for the 2004 model year; however, the upgraded 4.2 model was added. This model gets a more powerful 300-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 engine with a five-speed triptronic transmission. Other additions include side curtain-type airbags on all models, four-position pneumatic suspension, low-beam xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, and larger 18-inch five-spoke wheels.
The 2004 Audi Allroad exterior is basically a remodeled A6 with a hatchback, adding various features for better off-road capability and to more closely resemble other crossover-type vehicles. The bumpers are large and gray in order to stand out
The 2004 Audi Allroad seats five a bit tightly. The front seats are Cricket leather sport bucket seats, and the rear is a 60/40-split folding bench setup. Drivers can also choose a two-place rear-facing third row seat designed mainly for children. This extra seat reduces cargo room significantly from 73.2 cubic feet to 36.4 cubic feet.
The interior trim is an earthy walnut. It has an eight-speaker sound system that produces 140 watts and can accommodate CDs or cassettes. The stereo sound system changes according to the vehicles speed, which some may find less attractive a feature than others. Additional options include a navigation system, heated front and rear seats, upgraded Bose sound system, and a glass sunroof.
Performance & Handling
The 2.6-liter V-6 produces 250-hp and demonstrates good speed and acceleration with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The automatic uses Audi’s triptronic manual-select technology and has a Sport mode. The 300-hp 4.2-liter V-8 is faster with greater acceleration and gives drivers more confidence should they choose to take the Allroad off the pavement. It has the same gearbox options. Both use Audi’s Quattro fulltime four-wheel drive system.
The Allroad exhibits good performance, sturdy handling, and good acceleration. It is also a comfortable ride with a forgiving suspension in most circumstances. One of the most notable features is its ability to remain well-planted even through harrowing curves. If there is a downside, it is that off-road capability is a bit overstated. It is suitable for short excursions into unpaved roads or the beach, not so much mountain climbing and the like. Best to take the name literally, Allroad as in any road, but try not to get off the road too much.
Standard features include Audi’s Electronic Stabilization Program, side curtain-type airbags, side impact airbags, required front airbags, and anti-lock brakes. The outer rear positions can be fitted with LATCH child-safety seats and rear side-impact airbags are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi Allroad: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Quality ride
- Can go off pavement
- Quality construction
You Won't Like
- Not truly off-road capable
- Interior can get crowded
Offers a high-quality ride good for beaches and country dirt roads.
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