Review: 2013 Audi allroad

Posted on 10. Jul, 2012 by in Auto News

Americans are smart people. Avoid the word "wagon" in favor of "Avant", and they still have a car. And do not buy it. So for 2013 there are no more Avants for us. Instead, the "allroad" back. Audi promises that there is more than just a fancy name.

The original allroad differed slightly from the A6 Avant. Terribly late to the SUV party, has a medium-sized Audi A6 wagon and the flared fenders, widened the track, raised ride rel and mounted an over-engineered relative adjustable air suspension, the 2001-2005 made allroad cars both more capable Off the sidewalk and less able to stay away from the dealer. Unlike a manual transmission was available for the Avant. Between a 250-horsepower V6 from the S4 (and not in the avant offered) and a 4167-pound curb weight (an increase of 100 pounds), the SUV-like vehicle EPA ratings were an SUV-like 15 city, 20 borrowed highway (14/21 with the manual). If the Q7 SUV finally arrived, the Audi allroad made by its U.S. line.

Now, after seven years of absence, the allroad is back. Or is it? The new one is on the A4, A6 based not. Audi refers to the new car and last year's A4 Avant as "cousins", but the DNA points to a much closer relationship. Both vehicles have the same, single powertrain option, a 211-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to all four wheels via a manually switchable eight-speed automatic. There are no S-worthy six and no available manual transmission. No air suspension, although the fender flares (second tone standard body color an extra grand), wider track (from the S5 coupe) and lift kit (1.5 ") again Oh, I almost forgot. Gets allroad also a bespoke chrome grille and fascia-mounted stainless steel underride guard, the interior seems identical to the A4 in the "give the right kind of armor in the battle to help even the toughest backcountry roads." tasty typical Audi fare.

Audi suggests that, despite the platform and drivetrain downgrades the new allroad comes pretty close to the old. His cars have grown with each redesign, the current A4 is not much smaller than the A6, two generations back. Her eyes are to report otherwise. The original allroad felt like a midsize car inside. The new one feels like. Compact, especially in the back seat, where both shoulder room and leg room are a couple of inches Cargo volume with the second row folded, the most dramatic cut from 73.2 to 50.5 cubic feet of suffering.

Audi is on firmer ground with the drive train performance. Peak horsepower could down, but so empty weight is 3,891 pounds on. Meanwhile, the medium speed range is about the same (maximum torque is 258 pound-feet for both the previous and the current V6 Auto four) and the automatic transmission takes three figures. The 2013 car feels a bit awkward to be passed on to a slope in the mountains of Colorado, but then so would the original. (Audi apparently chose the route for ambiance, not for showing off their drives.) The 2.0T feels quite energetic near sea level in the A4, and it should be very similar in the new allroad. The various changes do not benefit greatly fuel consumption,. The EPA Prices 20/27 (Audi notes that the new car works so well in the city as the old one was on the highway. You not aware that the discontinued Avant 21/29 managed.)

Personally, I prefer small to medium size car ones as they can feel much more agile. Despite a strong supercharged V6, the latest A6 is too big to play. The problem with the allroad is that a higher ride relative to the handling tends to hurt. Well, forget this tendency. The new allroad drives very much like the A4, too heavy and mature qualify as tossable, but carving the mountain roads with a solid structure, with no slop, moderate role, and a good balance. The all-wheel-drive system, the standard 40/60 rear bias contributes to the last. Consider my fears unfounded and exceeded my expectations. The steering, like all Audi "B-segment" cars for 2013 gets his assist from an electric motor rather than a hydraulic pump. For better or worse, the new system feels very similar to the old, with moderate weight and good weight but minimal feedback. The standard seats lack lateral support, but a $ 500 "sport interior" option fixes this.

The 2012 A4 Avant began $ 37,275. The 2013 allroad starts at $ 40,495. The "Premium Plus" package added $ 4,600 last year, but will add $ 3,300 to the new car (because 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers are standard), so., A difference of just under $ 2,000 (Which might explain why the Avant is gone and the allroad is back.) Google Earth-based nav (including WiFi hotspot capability and moves the MMI knob in the center console to a much more ergonomic position on the center console) adds another $ 3,050. A decade ago, the original allroad for about the same price, if similar (but with a few more inches, a few more cylinders, and the trick air suspension) provided below. Check all the boxes on the 2013 (B & O audio, cut layered wood, sports seats, 19 "wheels, adaptive cruise, active steering) takes the sticker all the way up to $ 56,695.

I'm looking for something more on the size of the original allroad? Now offers the Volvo XC70 (but not the V70) for about $ 3,200 less if both cars with heated leather seats and 18-inch wheels fitted (based on True Delta car price comparison tool) are. The bigger, softer, heavier Swede handled not as good as the Audi and will not go as far on a gallon of gasoline (18/24), but its spacious interior contains some primo front seats. Best of all, for a pittance ($ 200!) Can you literally the straight six-cylinder engine increased from 240 hp to 300

The original Audi allroad acquired something of a cult. This will not happen with the new. It's a good car, but not a special one. Then again, Mama always warned against the intended market, joining a cult. Maybe good is good enough, and the SUV styling actually sell more cars. Although it does not feature in a special way, saw the "right size" allroad and felt the ideal tool for a round trip between Denver and the posh mountain resort.

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