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The Top Gear car review:Audi A4 Allroad
For:It's just an A4 with a bit of added ride height...
Against:It's just an A4...with a bit of added ride height
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That’s no ordinary Audi A4, is it?
Quite right. It’s the A4 Allroad – a roughed-up, SUV-ified version of the standard A4...
The A4 Allroad’s an estate with the capability of an SUV… just like the A6 Allroad. Nice, but is it necessary?
What we say:
The A4 Allroad is an SUV for people who don't want an SUV... and can't afford an A6 Allroad
What is it?
Capacious estate and able off-roader, the A4 Allroad does everything you need it to. Even better, there’s no image problem.
Again a nice surprise. The A4 Allroad feels very much like a stock A4 - except slightly nicer-riding. Yes, there is an element of body roll if you go mental in comfort mode, but it still hangs together very nicely. Stick it in dynamic mode and you’ll be able to tag along to a saloon A4 without any problem at all - even though the ride gets a tad harsh over really bad bumps.
The Allroad has 37mm inserted into the ride height, so it actually rides better than any of the saloon variants - even when you put the adaptive suspension into ‘dynamic’ mode. It doesn’t even get soggy when in ‘comfort’. Plus there are decent seats, plenty of room (even though this is the little brother to the A6 Allroad) and good all-round vision. That 37mm makes a big difference to the driving position.
There’s a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine with 208bhp and 258lb ft of torque, a 2.0-litre TDI with 174bhp (returning 46.3mpg) and a 3.0-litre with 240bhp, a whopping 348lb ft of torque and a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds. It also returns 45.6mpg and emits 161g/km of CO2. You’ll be wanting a diesel, obviously.
On the inside
Smaller than the A6 Allroad (obviously), the A4 still maintains that estate capacity that makes it a doddle to ferry about a small family. Loading heights are more genial, and smashing through urban potholes is fine when you have the beef to cope. It’s no bigger than an A4 Avant, it just feels more useable.
The mpg figures are very reasonable if not startling, and you can get into one for just over £32k. Insurance is relatively good, though main dealer servicing can be pricey. Not bad though.