An engine start-stop is fitted to 2.0-litre versions of the A4 Allroad to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and boost fuel economy. However, the standard four-wheel-drive system means it's still expensive to run compared with front-wheel-drive A4 Avants. An Allroad will also cost you almost £2000 more than an equivalent Avant to buy in the first place.
Audi A4 ALLROAD 4x4 quality & reliability
Audi has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding cabin quality but, like other A4s, the Allroad is a bit of a disappointment. It's still fairly classy in isolation, but it just doesn't feel as special as most Audi models. The plastics aren't as dense and some of the switches don't feel as substantial. As a brand, Audi didn't fare particularly well in our latest reliability survey, either.
Audi A4 ALLROAD 4x4 safety & security
The A4 Allroad comes with lots of safety equipment, including six airbags and a stability control system that detects when the car is off-road and adapts to suit the conditions. Rear side airbags are available as an option, as are lane-departure and blind spot-warning systems. Deadlocks and an alarm are fitted as standard to guard against theft.