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Audi Allroad Performance

The 2016 Audi Allroad has a smooth ride, poised handling and great all-wheel drive traction, critics say. Most are also pleased with the Allroad's lively turbocharged engine, though its fuel economy is low for the class.

  • "We love the way the 2016 Audi Allroad wagon rides and drives, but its fuel economy is woefully lacking." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2015 Allroad inspires confidence with its sure-footed character in a variety of road conditions." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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 2016 Allroad comes with a 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Allroad gets an EPA-estimated 21/28 mpg city/highway, which is lower than the fuel economy of most four-cylinder rivals.

Most auto writers think the Audi Allroad's engine has plenty of power for highway passing and merging, though some argue that the Allroad feels heavy at highway speeds. The transmission earns praise for its fast gear changes.

  • "EPA figures aside, the Allroad's potent 2.0-liter turbo is a perfect fit." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The turbocharged four-cylinder engine is more than adequate when called upon, getting up to highway speeds and passing slower traffic with confidence." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "The gear changes snap off quickly and the engine revs smoothly, with just a hint of snarl." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Audi Allroad comes standard with all-wheel drive, which test drivers say delivers plenty of grip in bad weather. The Allroad rides comfortably and handles with composure, according to critics, though most say it isn't sporty. It has low-effort steering, reviewers say, and it is easy to maneuver in parking lots. Auto writers note that the Allroad's brakes are powerful but would benefit from a firmer pedal.

  • "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 (2015)
  • "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)
  • "The brakes are strong, but have a slightly mushy pedal feel and take just slightly more effort than one would expect." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 8/24/15

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