Audi Allroad 2013 Review
The Audi Allroad 2013 has been recently revealed and as its predecessors the new model boasts the same mix of characteristics including the practicality of a wagon, the luxury of an Audi sedan and decent off-road capabilities.
As you may recall, when it hit the market back in 1999 the first Audi Allroad was solely based on the A6 Avant wagon. However, after a few years have passed the Allroad become a part of the A4 Avant family as well, so without further ado let's take a look at what the 2013model has to offer.
Under its bonnet resides a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The unit is then paired up with an eight speed automatic transmission as a standard, with no option of choosing a manual. As expected, the Allroad comes with the famous Quattro all-wheel drive system as a standard, the only downside being the fact that unlike the older model the new one does not offer a height-adjustable suspension or the off-road-ready low-range gearing.
Performance-wise Audi's quasi-SUV will go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and as far as fuel efficiency goes, the Allroad is rated at 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
On the exterior the model in question manages to differentiate itself from the standardAvant with the help of a more aggressive front fascia, the redesigned front grille, aluminum roof rails and stainless steel skid plates. Its off-road capabilities are exteriorized through the matte finished wheel arches and lower bumpers.
There are three trim levels available when buying the Allroad, those being: Premium,Premium Plus and Prestige.
The Premium trim level offers leather upholstery as standard as well as automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, LED turnsignals, fog lights, heated headlamp washers, a set of 18 inch alloy wheels and a ten-speaker sound system.
Premium Plus adds a few more features to the previous trim level, such as heated front seats with memory functionality, iPod integration, a three-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, Homelink universal garage remote, LED taillights and power-folding side mirrors.
Lastly, the top-of-the-line Prestige trim level adds the Audi Connect feature which brings internet connectivity and Google Earth integration, a 505-watt 14 speaker Bang & Olufsensound system featuring HD radio, Audi side assist, rearview parking camera and keyless start.
Pricing for the Audi Allroad 2013 starts at $39,600 and as far as the competition goes, the carmaker's wagon still remains a rather unique specimen to a certain degree. However we could say that its main competitors include the Cadillac SRX, the BMW 3-Series Wagon or the Acura TSX Sport Wagon.
HERNDON, Va., June 15, 2012 — The return of the iconic Audi allroad combines unmatched
all-weather capabilities with the driving dynamics and style that are unique to Audi. Following a seven-year hiatus, the allroad makes its long-awaited return in a package that improves on the original allroad in very significant ways. It is faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor and benefits from all of the advantages of being part of the ever-refined Audi product family. It combines what premium buyers are looking for in a capacious and rugged crossover with the refinement of an executive sedan.
The allroad is powered by the 2.0 TFSI turbocharged and direct-injected, four-cylinder engine that delivers 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a fuel efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi engineers have tuned the allroad to deliver plenty of torque at the right times for effortless passing maneuvers accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Of course, legendary quattro all-wheel drive is standard.
The allroad utilizes a new electromechanical steering system that saves weight and improves fuel economy – part of the Audi ultra philosophy of optimizing materials while at the same time improving performance. The vehicle lends a neutral feel in handling, neither too taut nor sluggish on any surface. The allroad is at home on today’s urban roads and gravel driveways alike, and a reprogrammed Electronic Stability Control assists drivers of the allroad through inclement weather as well as all kinds of other driving conditions.
The Audi allroad features a unique, Singleframe® grille design with vertical chrome struts
and angled upper corners, stainless steel skid plates and side sills, contrasting body trim and alu-optic aluminum raised roof rails. Matte-finished lower bumpers and wheel arches that signify the vehicle’s utility credentials are standard, while a full paint finish is available in Glacier White, Ice Silver and Phantom Black.
The car also expresses the new Audi design theme of sleek headlights, and in versions equipped with xenon-plus lamps, allroad offers the brand’s signature new LED lighting design. Circular fog lights finish off the front of allroad, and circular dual-exhaust openings polish up the rear.
The exterior dimensions demonstrate that the allroad can handle serious demands from the
weather and other unexpected circumstances, on the road or away from it. It is 0.5 inches wider and has 1.5 inches more ground clearance than its cousin the A4 Avant. With a full 7.1 inches of ground clearance, the allroad is designed to meet the outdoor lifestyle needs of its customers.
The vehicle also boasts a taller profile and 18-inch wheels standard (with 19-inch wheels
optional) to ensure comfort even over rough ground. Altogether, the Audi allroad exterior design and functional stance comprise a compelling offering for premium buyers who want a car that is capable off-road and commanding in urban environments.
The allroad beckons drivers inside for the kind of sensible performance, advanced technology and advanced comforts that are Audi hallmarks.
Spaciousness is one of this vehicle’s best traits. Compared to its predecessor, the longer
wheelbase makes for a more comfortable ride, while improved seating and packaging yield more headroom for front passengers. The wagon provides 27 cubic feet of cargo space and an ample 50 cubic feet of carrying capacity with the rear seats folded down. An electric tailgate is available to ease entry when placing items into the rear cargo area.
The standard panoramic sunroof adds to the cabin’s spacious feeling. Interior refinements
include eight-way power seats, optional heated front seats, a choice of three wood inlays, and a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 14 speakers, which automatically adjusts volume and timbre to ambient noise in the car. The Sport Interior package for allroad features twelveway power front sports seats and a three-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles.
The allroad is loaded with features that help the driver navigate the road more safely and
experience more enjoyment behind the wheel.
These advanced features include adaptive front lighting and Audi side assist, which uses radar to monitor the space behind and beside the car and detects any vehicles in neighboring lanes. An optional Driver Assistance package adds a cluster of features that enhance this aspect of allroad technology even more. They include Audi adaptive cruise control, which keeps allroad at a constant distance from the vehicle ahead of it, and dynamic steering, which varies the effort required as well as the steering ratio at different speeds to maintain optimum driving control and feel.
Audi connect enables first-to-market Google Earth integration, which redefines the navigation experience. The realistic panoramic views and high-resolution 3D satellite and aerial imagery provide drivers with a better navigation experience. Audi connect with Google Earth also improves visual orientation with a “camera zoom” feature that allows closer views of surroundings or destinations. Added to the high-resolution of Google Earth imagery is an overlay of street mapping data provided through Audi MMI Navigation plus and real-time traffic information available through a SiriusXM™ Traffic subscription (now includes a four year SiriusXM Traffic subscription).
Audi connect also provides an industry-first factory vehicle integration of Wi-Fi® service. This unprecedented mobile hot spot capability for passengers allows connections for up to eight Wi-Fi capable devices and permits passengers to connect to work or other networks. The Google Voice Local Search also is a first in Audi connect, and it enables more intuitive requests for destinations of interest while also helping drivers to keep their focus on the road. Other features include real-time information, such as weather, fuel price updates, and streaming news feeds.
The allroad combines iconic design with exceptional performance, efficiency and technology.
It is faster and more fuel efficient and brings new levels of technology to the segment through Audi connect, which makes it a worthy successor to an icon.