Like its forebear, the Allroad rides higher than the Avant did. Compare the two cars here. The Allroad comes in one trim, with Quattro all-wheel drive, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission standard. Price out its myriad option packages here.
Besides a host of visual updates that mimic the 2013 A4 sedan— a deeper grille, optional light-piped LED daytime running lights and more — the Allroad gets wider fenders, exposed front skid plates and a raised suspension. It could look cluttered, but it manages to work. Our test car's LED-piped running lights showcase Audi's know-how with the technology, particularly as other automakers string their cars with jeweled LEDs. The piped technique looks much cleaner.
The exterior changes make for an extra half-inch of width and 1.5 inches of greater ground clearance, for 7.1 inches total. That approaches SUV territory: The Lexus RX 350 has 7.3 inches' clearance, and Audi's own Q5 has 7.9 inches. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 19s optional. The fender cladding can come in contrasting paint or be the same color as the rest of the car.
Inside, the Allroad has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the backseat — more than double the A4's small trunk — and 50.5 cubic feet with the backseat folded. The resulting cargo floor is unbroken, and it should compare to BMW's forthcoming, redesigned 3 Series wagon (for which exact specifications aren't yet finalized). Others have Audi beat, however:
Like its A4 sibling, the Allroad displays Audi's penchant for consistent interior quality. Materials from the dashboard to the doorsills have a similar, low-gloss finish, but I'd like more elbow padding on the upper doors. The front seats are comfortable, but the backseat is tight and doesn't adjust.
The Allroad's optional navigation system comes with Audi's MultiMedia Interface and six months of Audi Connect, which overlays navigation maps with Google Earth satellite renderings. You can send destinations from a web browser to your car or even browse Google Street View images when the car is stopped. It's pretty slick, though the satellite images take some time to load as you zoom in and out. The maps stream through a SiriusXM Traffic subscription, which comes with the car for four years. Audi Connect also enables in-car Wi-Fi, real-time weather, fuel prices and streaming news via a T-Mobile subscription. After the six-month subscription, however, Audi Connect runs about $30 a month.