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.
Audi A4 ALLROAD 4x4 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.
Audi A4 ALLROAD 4x4 refinement
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.