2013 Audi Allroad Review
While most test drivers say the all-new 2013 Audi Allroad is a comfortable and practical wagon, others complain that its performance is merely pleasant, its interior feels small and its starting price is high for the class.
The Allroad has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that most critics say provides adequate, but not thrilling power. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and most critics agree that it shifts smoothly. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Many auto reviewers say that the 2013 Audi Allroad has decent handling, but its extra height makes it prone to body roll, and they just aren’t as positive about its performance overall as they are about the performance offered by most competitors.
Most test drivers like the design and layout of the Audi Allroad’s interior, and most say that it is well-built and uses premium materials. Several note that the five-seat Allroad has less cargo and passenger space than the competition. The Audi Allroad lacks some standard features that are common on other luxury wagons, like a power liftgate and rearview camera. A few reviewers feel it should have these, given its price tag. Though the Allroad wins some praise for offering optional high-tech systems, like a Wi-Fi connection for up to eight devices, some reviewers complain that the technology is distracting and tough to use.
- "For a shopper looking to split the difference between wagon and crossover SUV, the 2013 Audi Allroad is an ideal pick." -- Edmunds
- "If you spend most of your time on road but seek a car capable of tackling the odd off-road excursion, the Audi A4 Allroad makes great sense. Watch the options list, though, as features that typically come as standard on rivals cost a good deal extra." -- AutoWeek
- "Surprisingly, the 2013 Audi Allroad is no more fuel efficient than the larger and roomier Q5 crossover. And the Allroad's starting price is higher, too." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Cars to Consider
The Acura TSX Sport Wagon not only has a lower starting price than the Allroad, but it also has more cargo space, better fuel economy and better performance reviews. Though most reviewers say it’s not the sportiest or most luxurious car in the class, it gets better reviews than the Allroad. However, the TSX Sport Wagon does not offer all-wheel drive.
The BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon earns some of the best performance reviews in the class, which makes it an excellent alternative to the Allroad, especially if you want the prestige and driving experience of a German brand. All-wheel drive is available, and the 3-Series Wagon has more cargo space than the Allroad.
Details: 2013 Audi Allroad
The 2013 Audi Allroad seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard on all models. The Allroad comes in three trims: the base Premium, mid-level Premium Plus and top-end Prestige. Each trim adds interior technology features as well as some upgrades to the interior materials. The Allroad is all-new for 2013 and based on the Audi A4 sedan.