The 2013 Audi Allroad seems to be trying to combine a standard wagon like its predecessor, the Avant, with some of the sensibilities of a crossover. What you get is more of a glorified luxury wagon with few significant off-roading capabilities to speak of. That being said, a glorified luxury wagon isn’t such a bad car to have, especially this one, which has decent, if not overpowering, get up and go, a luxurious interior, decent handling, and plenty of space. Fans of the old Avant will probably like the Allroad too, and if you’re looking for a combination of extra space, versatility and a comfortable, lush interior, you may want to give the Allroad a test drive.
New For 2013
The new 2013 Audi Allroad is a new crossover wagon designed to serve as a replacement for the Audi A4 Avant, which was discontinued this year. Differences that you may notice between the Avant and the new Allroad include:
- Taller, longer, wider body with more ground clearance
- Eight-speed automatic transmission
- Slightly lower fuel economy
The exterior of the 2013 Audi Allroad is daunting, with a big egg slicer single-frame grill, skid plates, aluminum roof rails, and tough looking, 18-inch, five-arm wheels. The base model, the Premium, also features a large Panorama sunroof that all five passengers can enjoy. Upgrade to the Premium Plus trim for xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and a power tailgate. The Prestige trim features blind spot sensitive mirrors, which signal the driver with a flashing light when a car is in the blind spot. Color options include Brilliant Black, Glacier White Metallic, and Monsoon Gray Metallic.
Interior & Cargo
The interior is where the Audi Allroad really sets itself apart from other vehicles in its class. It starts when you put your hands on the four spoke, multi-function steering wheel or the three spoke, multi-function sport wheel with shift paddles optional on the Premium Plus and Prestige trims. Then, the leather upholstery and stainless steel decorative trim contribute to what is a classic-feeling, luxury Audi interior. The Audi Connect system in the Premium Plus model puts internet and navigation tools at your fingertips. There are some quality comfort and entertainment features in the Audi Allroad, and you may find yourself sitting in the parked car long after you’ve reached your destination, listening to the 10-speaker sound system (14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system on the Prestige model) while relaxing in one of the eight way power front seats (12-way optional on the upgrade models) with power lumbar adjustment. Other interior options include heated front seats, memorized settings for the driver, three zone climate control, a high tech, color trip computer, and Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, along with the MMI Navigation plus system with MMI control logic, and a color driver information system. The cargo capacity exceeds that of a standard wagon but is fairly standard for an off-road vehicle; a healthy 50.5 cubic feet with the seats folded down, 17 cubic feet with the seats up.
In addition to the blind spot detector, the 2013 Audi Allroad has a four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, a full airbag system, traction and stability control with off-road mode, emergency brake assist, and a full range of other safety features. In fact, the Audi Allroad received five stars in government crash tests for side crash protection and the Avant A4, the model the Allroad is based on and replacing, had a strong reputation for safety. Additional safety features you’ll appreciate include keyless entry, alarm system, engine immobilizer, electronic brake force distribution, and child safety locks and seat anchors (the Audi Allroad is compatible with the LATCH child safety system).
The 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine linked to an eight speed automatic transmission provides a comfortable, if not overwhelming ride, with 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough power for you, you’re out of luck. There are plenty of interesting options on the Audi Allroad, but a different engine and transmission is not one of them. Still, the Allroad can pull its own weight, and can even get up to 130 mph if need be. This all-wheel-drive vehicle will handle some mildly rocky terrain with ease, but anything too off-road and you’ll probably feel the bumps and bangs. The 2013 Audi Allroad is not exactly a racing vehicle, but it will get you from zero to 60 in about 6.5 seconds. If you’re looking for more driving control and responsibility, you can opt for the Prestige trim’s Drive Select feature, which lets you adjust the vehicle’s responsiveness to meet your particular needs. Fuel economy is 20/27 mpg city/highway, definitely acceptable numbers for a vehicle in this class.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Audi Allroad
- Subaru Outback
- Volvo XC70
- BMW xDrive 328i