Audi A4 Allroad

The Essentials

  • Price from £31,380
  • What Car? says: 2 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 48.7mpg
  • What is it? The Allroad offers a bit more off-roading ability than a regular A4 Avant, but for a lot more money.

Great

  • Classy interior; subtly rugged exterior
  • Diesel engine is beefy but frugal
  • Copes well with off-road antics

Gripes

  • Hefty price hike over the standard A4
  • And that's before you hit the options list
  • Infuriatingly offset pedals
  • Drive

    Fine engines and surprisingly good to drive off-road but too little feedback from the steering and too much from the suspension

  • Inside

    Comfortable, beautifully built and a great view out; the offset pedals are the only fly in the ointment

  • Safety

    Stability control adapts to off-road conditions and theres a host of optional safety gadgets; security is good, too

  • Reliability

    A case of the could-do-betters in our latest reliability survey

  • Space

    Bags of room for four and their bags  the boot is large and square but the rear seats don't fold completely flat

  • Standard and extras

    Climate control, alloy wheels, luggage-securing nets and automatic lights and wipers are standard. Masses of options to inflate your bill

  • What's it like to drive?

    Fancy an off-roader without the image that usually comes with it? The Audi A4 Allroad could be the answer.

    It's been raised by 37mm to help avoid lumps and bumps on gentle off-road excursions, while the bumpers and undercarriage have additional cladding to take any knocks.

    The downside of raised suspension is that the Allroad rolls more in corners than the standard A4 Avant, though its still a considerably better than larger SUVs. There are only three engines to choose from, but the smallest, 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel is the pick of the range, as its the only one with a manual gearbox, as well as the cheapest to run.

  • What's it like inside?

    It's much the same as an ordinary A4 estate inside, which means a good sized boot, plenty of space for at least two adults in the back and seats that don't quite fold flat.

    The added bonus is you get a reversible floor: one side is standard-spec carpet, while the other is a wipe-clean rubber lining for those times you head out in the mud.

    The cabin's not as plush as you'd hope for in an Audi, but the functions are all easy to use.

    There's plenty of seat and wheel adjustment, making it easy to get comfy, but the pedals are offset too far to the right, meaning you'll never sit perfectly.

    There's only one trim on the A4 Allroad, which comes with a decent amount of kit. It's much the same as an A4 Avant SE, which means it gets three-zone climate control, front and rear electric windows, a 10-speaker stereo and automatic lights and wipers. It adds a couple of bits, too, such as 18-inch alloy wheels and a storage pack with additional nets and compartments.

  • How reliable is it?

    There's no specific results for the A4 Allroad in the safety and reliability surveys, but Audi's performance in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey was not quite as high quality as you'd hope  the A4 ranked below average for mechanical reliability in the most recent survey.

    However, safety wise it is about as good as it gets. Not only did the latest A4 score 93% in the latest Euro NCAP test for adult protection, it also produced an impressive 84% for child protection. The standard kit list brings the expected six airbags and stability, but lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems are both available on the options list.

  • Should I buy one?

    The drawback of the Allroad is that it costs quite a bit more than a regular A4 Avant, and the four-wheel drive makes it more expensive to fuel and tax, too. If you need to go off road, we'd suggest buying a proper SUV.