Audi A4 Allroad review

Category: Estate car

Section: Passenger & boot space

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RRP £42,120What Car? Target Price from£39,363
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

The Audi A4 Allroad has wide door apertures and low sills to aid access but it's quite a bit lower than a proper SUV – something to bear in mind if you groan every time you climb out of a lowish car. Inside you’ll find plenty of head, leg and elbow room, so you're unlikely to feel cramped unless you’re remarkably tall. There are bigger estate cars, though, including the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country.

That's felt most acutely in the rear, because the rivals above offer much more room in every direction. The A4 Allroad falls a little way short on rear space compared with the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Volvo V60 Cross Country, which are its direct size and price competitors. There's just enough room to accommodate a couple of six-footers, but it's tight if the front seats have been slid back.

You get pretty good storage amenities inside, with a big glovebox and door bins, numerous trays and a couple of cupholders front and rear.

The A4 Allroad’s boot is slightly bigger than the one in the Mercedes C-Class Estate. It has a wide aperture, a low loading lip (to help take the strain out of lifting heavy items in and out) and the load area is relatively unencumbered by wheel-arch intrusion. The minimum width is a metre across, which could prove useful if you’re on an Ikea run. For comparison, it’s about the same as the 3 Series Touring’s and a bit smaller than the V60 Cross Country’s boot.

It comes with useful features, including a powered tailgate with a sensor on the Vorsprung trim that opens if you wave your foot under the rear bumper (useful for when you have your hands full). The load cover retracts automatically as the tailgate opens, plus there's a netted storage cubby on either side of the boot to stop loose items flying around.

Folding down the rear seats in the Audi A4 Allroad is easy – it’s just a case of pulling the release levers positioned conveniently inside the tailgate opening. They fold in a 40/20/40 arrangement, which is better than the 60/40 split in the V60 Cross Country, giving you more options when you need to carry longer loads while still fitting people in the back seats.

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