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2018 audi A4 allroad

The A4 allroad is the only Audi station wagon available in the United States. It remains true to the original, A6-based allroad with a luxurious interior, more ground clearance, and a rugged appearance.

Overview
The allroad is based on the A4 wagon sold in Europe, which in turn is based on the A4 sedan available globally. It's about an inch and a half taller than the non-allroad model and it receives a special driving mode called Off-Road that adjusts the engine and transmission settings, the steering response, and the optional adaptive suspension. It won't follow a Jeep Wrangler down the Rubicon Trail, though it does come with skid plates if you'd like to try, but it's well-suited to dirt roads and snow-covered paths.

You'll find space for five passengers inside but the rear bench gets cramped with three adults on it. The allroad offers 24.2 cubic feet of trunk space with five occupants on board and an SUV-like 58.5 cubes with the rear seats folded flat.

Spotter's Guide
An appearance package sets the allroad apart. Starting up front, you'll notice a model-specific grille with vertical slats and a re-designed lower bumper. It also gets protective plastic cladding over the wheel arches and over the lower part of the rear bumper, roof rails, and aluminum-look accents. Finally, it sits on 18-inch alloy wheels.

Technical Specifications
The only engine available is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. It sends its power to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi's famed quattro all-wheel drive system.

The allroad hits 60 mph from a stop in 5.9 seconds and it goes on to a top speed of 130 mph. Fuel economy checks in at 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg in a combined cycle. Note the 2.0-liter requires premium gasoline.

Standard and Optional Features
Audi offers the A4 allroad in three trim levels named Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, respectively.

The base model comes generously equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon plus headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors with integrated LED turn signal repeaters, aluminum trim around the windows, heated windshield and washer nozzles, tinted rear windows, aluminum roof rails, a power tailgate, three-zone automatic climate control, a manually-adjustable steering column, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with a compass, a panoramic roof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a Homelink transceiver, cruise control, automatic wipers and headlights, and a push-button ignition.

Premium Plus models add full LED headlights, Audi's side assist and pre-sense rear technologies, an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system with 19 speakers, parking sensors on both ends plus keyless entry, start, and a hands-free tailgate.

The Prestige model gets traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, active lane assist, collision avoidance assist, Audi's virtual cockpit, navigation, and a top-view camera.

The list of options includes the Convenience package, which adds eight-way power-adjustable front seats with a memory function, an alarm, keyless start (standard on the top trim), plus auto-dimming side mirrors. Buyers can also order rear side airbags.

Interestingly, Audi offers a full paint finish option which replaces the black plastic trim with body-colored elements.

Occupant Safety
Every A4 allroad comes with front, front knee, side and curtain airbags. The model also comes stability and traction control systems and a tire pressure monitoring system. Prestige models also boast a long list of electronic driving aids (detailed above).

Key Competitors
As a premium station wagon with an emphasis on going off the pavement, the Audi A4 allroad has very few true rivals.

Buyers willing to settle for a slightly downmarket car can look at the Buick Regal TourX and the Subaru Outback. Those willing to step up to a bigger car should check out the Volvo V90 Cross Country.