Audi Allroad Performance
Auto writers like the 2015 Audi Allroad’s solid handling, added traction from all-wheel drive and peppy four-cylinder turbo engine.
- "The 2015 Allroad inspires confidence with its sure-footed character in a variety of road conditions." -- Edmunds
- "While we can't say the 2014 Audi Allroad delivers the same kind of thrills one gets behind the wheels of an A7 or S4, it still delivers a driving experience far above the average compact SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
- "At our test track, we were impressed with the Allroad's on-road ability." -- Motor Trend (2013)
- "The new Allroad has an excellent drivetrain mated to a suspension with a sporty but not punishing character." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
Acceleration and Power
The 2015 Audi Allroad comes with a 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the Allroad gets 21/28 mpg city/highway, which isn’t bad for an all-wheel drive wagon, though the BMW 328i Sports Wagon gets better fuel economy.
Most test drivers write that the Audi Allroad’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers strong acceleration and has plenty of power for passing on the highway, but a few critics think the Allroad’s heavy weight negatively affects its high-speed acceleration. Reviewers also praise the transmission for its quick shifts.
- "The turbocharged four-cylinder engine is more than adequate when called upon, getting up to highway speeds and passing slower traffic with confidence." -- Edmunds
- "Audi has tuned the 2.0T engine and 8-speed transmission to feel quick around town, but passing power at higher speeds is limited by the allroad's near 2-ton heft." -- AutoTrader (2014)
- "The U.S. Allroad gets one engine choice, the 2.0-liter, 211-hp, 258-lb-ft direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder. It is fuss-free, with a free-revving nature, eager low-end power, flexible midrange and strong, if not strapping, high-end qualities." -- AutoWeek (2013)
- "The gear changes snap off quickly and the engine revs smoothly, with just a hint of snarl." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
Handling and Braking
The 2015 Audi Allroad comes standard with all-wheel drive, and critics say it gives confidence and plenty of grip in bad weather. Reviewers note that the Allroad’s ride is comfortable and its handling is poised. They say the brakes have a slightly spongy pedal but are still powerful, and they note that the Allroad’s low-effort steering and tight turning circle make it maneuverable.
- "While not truly sporty, handling is capable, precise and a step above most of the crossovers buyers are likely to cross-shop." -- Left Lane News
- "With standard all-wheel drive providing reassuring traction, the Allroad is an excellent choice for areas that are prone to inclement weather." -- Edmunds
- "The brakes are strong, but have a slightly mushy pedal feel and take just slightly more effort than one would expect." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The revelation, however, is the ride. With extra spring travel and a lengthened wheelbase, the A4 Allroad rides much more smoothly than other A4s." -- AutoWeek (2013)
- "While steering may feel a little light for enthusiasts, the Allroad will read as easy and effortless for the average consumer. The Allroad's 37.7-foot turning circle will contribute to ease of use in the city as well as parking lots or carpool lanes." -- Cars.com (2013)