posted 6 years ago

New Audi A4 Allroad Marries Estate with SUV

The new Audi A4 Allroad may look like a traditional estate car, but it has extra features that make it more appealing than a winning lottery ticket.

The new Audi A4 Allroad may look like a traditional estate car, but it has extra features that make it more appealing than a winning lottery ticket. These come in the form of four-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and plastic body mouldings to protect the shiny new paintwork. These factors combine to give the A4 Allroad many of the capabilities of a sports-utility vehicle - minus the disadvantages. Well done, Audi.

The A4 Allroad is available with a choice of three engines – all of which provide plenty of grunt to keep you smiling. These start with the 2.0-litre 170bhp diesel, but the 3.0-litre 236bhp diesel is more appealing for power hungry mud plungers. This roars to 60mph in 6.2 seconds, reaches 148mph, and returns a highly respectable combined average of 39mpg. However, those who believe that diesel should only power tractors may prefer the 2.0-litre 208bhp petrol variant. This hits 60mph in 6.7 seconds and averages 34mpg.

The A4 Allroad's handling is similar to the standard A4 Avant. Therefore, this magnificent machine corners like it's on rails, rides beautifully, has precise steering, and is a very pleasant environment to spend a few hours. The four-wheel drive system also makes negotiating slippery paths easier than falling off a log, and it cruises effortlessly through muddy fields. However, the A4 Allroad is designed for light off-road use, and is no match for a full size SUV should the terrain become seriously tough.

Prices for the new Audi A4 Allroad are considerable to reflect the vehicle's capabilities and prestige. To be precise, Motoring.co.uk's new car database reveals this likeable terrain tamer is available from £30,315. Yes, this is a lot of money – but the A4 Allroad is an awful lot of vehicle.