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2005 Audi Allroad

  • 2005 Audi Allroad Base Wagon

    Base Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      250/258
    • ENGINE
      2.7L V6
    • MSRP
      $40,250
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2005 Audi Allroad Review

Smaller than a full-size SUV, but offers many of the same comforts.

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Overview

The 2005 Allroad classifies as a sport wagon manufactured by Audi AG. The vehicle offshoots from the Audi A6 and provides an offroad and sporty version of the A6 wagon. As a result, the 2005 Audi Allroad feels equally at home on highways and city roads, as well as on semi-rugged dirt tracks. The vehicle proves competent in both aspects and includes the quintessential Audi luxury features as well.

The Audi Allroad stems from the A6 Avant, which marks the wagon version of the executive car. The semi-offroad model debuted in 1999. When compared to the regular A6, the Audi Allroad has a highly advanced air suspension system that allows the driver to increase ground clearance of the vehicle. The other marked difference between both cars concerns the presence of all-terrain tires and unpainted and flared bumpers, which give it a distinct appearance and more flexibility on various terrains. The Quattro four-wheel-drive system comes standard with the Audi Allroad.

The 2005 Audi Allroad tackles harsh road conditions and the adjustable air suspension system achieves this by lifting the car to eight inches off the ground. With the manual transmission gearbox mated to the engine, a low-range mode can be selected with the touch of a button. The Audi Allroad represents the only car-based SUV to have completed an official Land Rover test course, which testifies to its off-road capabilities. When the ground clearance is minimized, the damper rates and springs simultaneously stiffen to provide a more sporty driving experience.

The Range

Body Styles: five-door wagon
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Audi Allroad

What's New

The optional OnStar security system and the black fender panels have been discontinued for this model year. Apart from these changes, the 2005 Audi Allroad remains the same as its previous models.

Exterior

The 2005 Audi Allroad shares several similarities with the A6 Avant wagon, but it includes some big distinctions as well. The wheel arch trim and large gray bumpers distinguish the Allroad from its smaller relative and so do the unique 17-inch tires. The electronic air suspension system can be adjusted to four preset ground clearance levels. The maximum clearance reaches 8.2 inches for off roading, while the minimum drops down to 5.6 inches for highways. The 2005 Audi Allroad, at its maximum road clearance, stands taller than its competitors do, including the BMW X5.

Interior

The 2005 Allroad seats five people on firm, comfortable seats with standard leather upholstery. The front of the 2005 Audi Allroad has bucket seats with power adjustment. The rear seat can fold with a 60/40 split. Cargo volume with the rear seat up totals 36.4 cubic feet and it maxes out at 73.2 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. The walnut-trim interior comes fitted with an eight-speaker, 140-watt sound system with a six-disc CD changer. A Radio Broadcast Display System in the vehicle offers station call letters and other useful information, and the volume of the stereo system changes automatically with the vehicle’s speed. Optional interior features include heated front and rear seats, a navigation system, a Bose sound system, and a glass sunroof.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Audi Allroad comes with a twin-turbocharged, 2.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 250 horsepower. The engine mates to a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic gearbox. An optional 4.2-liter V-8 also comes as an option, but only with an automatic transmission. Regardless of engine options, all 2005 Audi Allroad models include a permanent Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The 2005 Audi Allroad delivers a very solid and refined driving experience. Ride quality is just as expected. This semi-off roader offers precise handling. The Allroad steers quite well and packs a good driving experience with some equally good performance and satisfying ride comfort. The Allroad experiences some turbo lag with the twin-turbo V-6, but the response seems good otherwise. City economy, however, remains rather poor, although the V-6 delivers acceptable fuel economy figures.

Safety

Standard safety features in the 2005 Audi Allroad include anti-lock brakes, an Electronic Stabilization Program stability system, side-impact airbags in the front, and side curtain airbags. Optional safety features include side-impact airbags for the rear occupants. The outer rear seats come fitted with LATCH child safety seat anchors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi Allroad 2.7-liter V-6: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Audi Allroad 4.2-liter V-8: 13/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Elegant interior
  • Height-adjustable suspension
  • Good off-road performance

You Won't Like

  • High price tag
  • Poor turbo lag in the V-6 engine
  • Bumpy ride
  • Bad fuel economy

Sum Up

Smaller than a full-size SUV, but offers many of the same comforts.

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