2013 Audi Allroad Performance
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Though it’s not a sporty car, reviewers say the 2013 Audi Allroad is pleasant but not thrilling to drive, with a comfortable ride and a good combination of power and fuel economy.
- "The reborn Audi Allroad is more confidence-inspiring than exciting, which is just how Allroad owners want it." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The new Allroad has an excellent drivetrain mated to a suspension with a sporty but not punishing character." -- Popular Mechanics
- "In all of those drives we found ourselves marveling over the Audi Allroad's all-around pleasing road performance." -- The Washington Post
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Audi Allroad has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 211 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Allroad gets an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class.
The engine in the Allroad is one that Audi uses in many of its cars, and it’s one that reviewers tend to like. In the Allroad, they say that the engine delivers sufficient power, but that acceleration isn’t overwhelming. The transmission gets generally positive reviewers for being smooth and responsive.
- "This is the refined, vigorous engine that set the standard for the companies that are just now beginning to downsize from their six-cylinders." -- Automobile Magazine
- "It is fuss-free, with a free-revving nature, eager low-end power, flexible midrange and strong, if not strapping, high-end qualities." -- AutoWeek
- "With the engine frothing up 211 hp and spinning all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic, acceleration doesn't exhilarate." -- Car and Driver
- "The gear changes snap off quickly and the engine revs smoothly, with just a hint of snarl. Think BMW in-line six and, believe it or not, you're not far off." -- Popular Mechanics
Handling and Braking
According to most reviewers, the 2013 Audi Allroad has decent handling for a daily driver, but enthusiasts probably will be left wanting more. Compared with other wagons in the class, the Allroad is more about comfort than performance, and test drivers say that it shows. Still, most reviewers think the Allroad has firm brakes, a smooth, comfortable ride and direct steering that make it easy to maneuver in tight spaces and on the open road. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard on the Allroad, and reviewers say it works well in snowy or muddy conditions, but isn’t meant for serious off-roading.
- "The rutted, snow-packed surface jerks us from side to side, but the Allroad never loses its composure." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The Allroad feels a bit too elastic when driven in hair-on-fire mode." -- The Wall Street Journal
- "Handling is very competent, albeit a few notches below sporty." -- Car and Driver
- "The steering feels taut and builds in effort as the wheel is turned. It is light yet communicative. The Allroad handles with some body lean, but it does not detract from the driving experience." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Allroad's higher profile makes it more compliant with road imperfections, but sacrifices some cornering and handling ability." -- Edmunds
- "While steering may feel a little light for enthusiasts, the Allroad will read as easy and effortless for the average consumer." -- Cars.com