The A4 Allroad offers some of the image and mud-plugging ability of a traditional 4x4 in a less controversial estate body. It also has a practical boot, strong engines and plenty of standard equipment.
The pedals are badly offset on right-hand-drive A4s, so the omens are not good for UK Allroads. Plenty of other estates are better to drive. However, its biggest problem is the hefty premium over the regular A4 Avant.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
A4 Allroad buyers can choose from three turbocharged engines – a 208bhp 2.0-litre petrol, a 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel and a 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel. Each is strong and flexible, but the smallest diesel makes most sense because it has the lowest running costs. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, whereas the other engines get Audi's S tronic dual-clutch semi-auto transmission.
Ride & Handling
The A4 Allroad is based on the Avant estate, but its ride height has been raised by 37mm to give it enough ground clearance for gentle off-road excursions. The downside is that it rolls a bit more than the Avant through bends, but it's still far from sloppy. The ride is more of a problem, because the Allroad tends to thump over poor surfaces. Its steering is light around town and weightier at speed, but it offers little feedback.
There's a fair amount of wind noise down the side of the A4 Allroad at motorway speeds, but road- and suspension noise are well contained, and all three engines are smooth. The manual gearbox is a bit notchy, but S tronic offers seamless shifts.