With decent off-road ability and tonnes of standard features, the classy Audi A4 Allroad has no limits. It's a wonderful estate car built for family adventures.
Lovely cabin, great tech
Handling is uninspiring
At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the A4 Allroad was the same as the A4 Avant. They use most of the same panels, have mostly the same features and you can get Audi quattro on both. The A4 Allroad is actually 3.4cm taller. So, if the A4 Allroad sits somewhere between the A4 Avant quattro and the Audi Q5 Estate SUV in an already crowded four-wheel-drive market, is it worth considering?
It faces some tough competition from the likes of the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, Subaru Outback, Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain and the Volvo V60 Cross Country. While it may not be a fully-fledged SUV, it does offer improved ground clearance over the standard A4 Avant, a set of roof rails and a bit of extra protective cladding on the car’s underbody which should, theoretically, provide better off-road ability. In reality, if you’re rarely straying off the beaten track you’ll be perfectly fine with the standard Audi A4 with quattro. If you tend to do a lot of motorway driving, you may even prefer the standard A4, as you’ll start to notice the extra wind buffeting in the wheel arches as a consequence of the increased ride height.
The A4 Allroad only comes in one trim, but this includes pretty much everything you could want. The stylish cabin packs in everything from Audi’s class-leading MMI Navigation plus and Audi Virtual Cockpit to Android Auto and Apple Carplay for your smartphone, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, sat-nav, climate control and more.
So, it’s a luxury estate car that you’ll be able to take off-road, even if not very far. We've pinned the A4 against the BMW 3 Series if you're looking to compare it to the other main German manufacturer. Or if it's an Audi you're after, see our Audi A4 vs A5 and Audi A4 vs A6 posts.
Nice and simple. The A4 allroad comes in just one trim! It comes with 18-inch '5-V-spoke' alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic rear indicators, cruise control, Audi parking system plus with rear-view camera as well as the brilliant Audi MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system with MMI Touch and Audi Virtual Cockpit *gasps for air*.
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The A4 Allroad borrows most of its design cues from the standard A4 Avant. The most noticeable differences include silver bars across the grille, a roof rack and a slightly increased ground clearance.
The A4 Allroad comes with a choice of 3 different engines: a 2.0-litre Sport 40 TDI S tronic, 2.0-litre Sport 45 TFSI S tronic, and a 3.0-litre Sport 50 TDI tiptronic. The 2.0-litre diesel has plenty of performance and runs nice and smoothly for a 4 cylinder. The 3.0-litre options are even smoother however, and you’ll barely notice the extra fuel consumption in the lowest-power V6.
The 40 TDI diesel engine will see you from 0-62mph in a reasonably quick 7.9 seconds, topping out at 137mph. The 45 TFSI petrol engine shaves nearly 2 seconds off that time while pushing the top speed to 153mph. The 50 TDI is capped at 155mph but manages 0-62mph in a brisk 5.3 seconds.
There's plenty of steering wheel and seat adjustment to reinforce the A4 Allroad's ethos of luxurious comfort.
Those looking for a car with a high driving position may be slightly frustrated by the minimal amount of height adjustment on offer.
The quattro all-wheel-drive system ensures that none of the engine’s power goes to waste and the car remains firmly planted in the wet. The extra height and weight means that there is a little more body lean in corners and the steering isn’t quite as precise as the standard A4 Avant. This isn’t a car you’ll find yourself wanting to throw with gusto into every corner that presents itself, but it’s enjoyable to drive nonetheless.
The Allroad’s raised suspension glides across all but the most uneven surfaces. Adaptive dampers are an option, but it feels like damper control goes too far at either extreme: Comfort mode feels a little too floaty while Dynamic makes jagged roads all too jarring.
Audi A4 Allroad Interior
Like all Audi models, the A4 Allroad’s interior has a premium, high-tech feel to it - there’s plenty that sets it apart from the entry-level trim of the A4 Avant. It is one of the best luxury cars available with that off-road capability.
The A4 Allroad’s interior feels fresh after its recent facelift, though it retains the same solid interior using plenty of quality materials. There’s touch sensitive controls, a crisp infotainment screen and an optional interior lighting pack to give the cabin a truly modern feel.
The infotainment offering in the A4 Allroad is one of the best out there. It comes with a 10.1-inch central colour screen as standard for controlling your music, phone and navigation. For added convenience, it also packs Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus, allowing you to switch out your digital instrument cluster behind the wheel for full 3D navigation right in your sightline.
Again, the A4 Allroad doesn’t stray too far from the design of the original Audi A4, which also scored highly on practicality.
4762mm L x 1847mm W x 1493mm H
The A4 Allroad is slightly taller than the A4 Avant, but otherwise there’s little difference in terms of dimensions. It’s marginally shorter and squatter than the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, but if you can excuse the central tunnel in the footwell, the latter should more comfortably squeeze three on the rear bench thanks to its extra width.
The boot is a useful square shape with 495 litres of space to fill. It’s not as big as a Volkswagen Passat, but matches that of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class. An electrically operated tailgate and load cover come as standard, making it easier to load and unload. Rear seats fold away easily thanks to release levers situated by the tailgate opening. They also fold almost completely flat, so you won’t have to worry about things sliding around.
Both front seat and rear seat passengers will have ample head and leg room - just don’t expect to comfortably fit three abreast on the back bench.
The Audi A4 Allroad has not been tested by Euro NCAP, but the A4, on which it is based, scored an impressive 5 stars in 2015, with a score of 89% for adult occupant safety and 87% for child occupant safety.
The A4 Allroad is just a bigger, heavier version of the A4 Avant, so it will come as no surprise that it’s also more expensive to run.
The 40 TDI Seven Speed S Tronic diesel engine is the most frugal, returning around 43.5-44.1 mpg under the WLTP standard. The 45 TFSI petrol manages 34.9-35.3 mpg, while the most powerful 50 TDI Eight Speed Tiptronic will get you 37.2-38.2 mpg.
The Allroad's CO2 emissions range from 137g/km (40 TDI) to 164g/km (50 TDI) with the 45 TFSI petrol engine bang spank in the middle at 154g/km of CO2.
The entry level A4 Allroad sits in insurance group 27. Opt for the most expensive trim and engine, however, and you’ll find yourself in insurance group 39. This is slightly more expensive than the regular A4 Avant, and in line with the higher asking price for the car.
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The A4 Allroad has not had any significant issues reported, though reports on Audi reliability are a bit of a mixed bag. The Reliability Index places Audi 34th out of 40 manufacturers for reliability.
All new A4 Allroads come with a standard three-year/60,000-mile Audi warranty. This should be sufficient for most lease contracts though if you’re taking a higher mileage or longer-term lease, you’ll be able to extend this annually up to 100,000 miles with an Audi extended warranty.
Audi offers two servicing schedules. The ‘flexible’ service schedule is most suitable for high mileage drivers, and requires that you service at least every 18,000 miles.
If you generally stick to the city, the ‘Fixed’ service schedule is the one for you. This will require a service annually/every 9,000 miles.