Audi Allroad Interior
The cabin of the 2014 Audi Allroad receives great reviews for the quality of its materials, modern design and top-notch build quality, which are all characteristics that reviewers say they have come to expect from Audi. However, the Allroad falls short with lackluster cargo space and awkward infotainment controls on the base model.
- "As is typically the case with all things Audi, though, the Allroad's primary strength is its exquisitely appointed cabin. The design is modern and upscale, and materials quality is never less than first-rate." -- Edmunds
- "The cabin is as well turned out as you'd expect, a veritable festival of high-buck materials screwed together with the precision of, well, an Audi." -- Car and Driver (2013)
- "The interior of the allroad is a typical Audi affair, meaning the accommodations are top-shelf." -- Left Lane News (2013)
The 2014 Audi Allroad seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats are optional. While reviewers agree that the Allroad has comfortable seats, one auto writer notes that the back seat is too narrow to seat three across comfortably.
- "But while we would love to see a bit more space in the back seat, we do appreciate airbags and seats that are comfortable for miles on end." -- Motor Trend (2013)
- "The Allroad's seats are firm and comfortable." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "For backseat passengers, the narrow center seating position combined with a large hump in second row's floor might make this more of a four-passenger car than a five-passenger one Audi claims it to be." -- Cars.com (2013)
The 2014 Audi Allroad comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, Audi’s Multi-Media Infotainment system (MMI) and a 10-speaker audio system with iPod integration and satellite radio. Optional features include keyless entry with push-button start, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, navigation and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Audi Connect is also available, which turns the Allroad into a wireless hot spot that supports up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The navigation system can also use the Internet connection to display Google Earth views instead of the standard maps.
Reviewers write that the controls for the base version of Audi’s MMI system and the climate control system are awkwardly placed. One critic says that the premium version of the MMI system has a useful interface, but also that it’s not as easy to use as Mercedes’ COMAND or BMW’s iDrive. Another thinks the Allroad should have more standard equipment given its price. However, the Allroad’s optional navigation system does draw praise for its integrated Google features, which include Google Earth and location-based Google search.
- "Arguably the finest navigation system you can buy, Audi connect features a dedicated Internet connection ($25-$30/month through T-Mobile) that enables detailed Google maps with Street View of your destination, the ability to send a destination from your computer to your car, the ability to connect eight Wi-Fi devices at once, and Google Voice Local Search, which makes it easier to enter a destination via voice." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Infotainment functions are controlled by Audi's MMI. This consists of a small knob surrounded by buttons that together control menus on a central screen. Overall, it's an effective interface, though some audio functions are buried in menus and, in practice, we've found BMW's iDrive and Mercedes' COMAND are a bit more intuitive to use. Allroads without navigation have the MMI controller located on the dash instead of the center console, which is less convenient to operate." -- Edmunds
- "The climate controls are placed awkwardly low on the dashboard. In Park, the shifter blocks access to a few climate-control buttons." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "To us, ‘luxury’ means an expansion of standard equipment, such as onboard navigation with backup camera, commonly found in substantially less expensive cars and wagons. But Audi's marketing executives seem oblivious to that concept." -- The Washington Post (2013)
The 2014 Audi Allroad has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo space, or 50.5 cubic feet if you fold the back seats down. Most other wagons, including the Subaru Outback and the Volvo XC70, offer more cargo space. Reviewers wish there was more storage space in places like the glovebox and the center console. One reviewer also thinks the shallow angle of the rear window could make it hard to carry large items. Another says the rear cargo area is easy to access because of the Allroad’s ride height.
- "If you're planning on a lot of road trips, the Allroad's meager allotment of door-bin and console storage in the cabin might be problematic." -- Edmunds
- "The Allroad has a large cargo area with cargo cover. However, the forward-leaning angle of the rear window could hamper carrying large, boxy items. Cabin storage is subpar, consisting only of small door map pockets, glovebox, and center console." --Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The ride height makes for a manageable liftover into the 27-cubic-foot cargo area." --Cars.com (2013)