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Audi A4 allroad

AN A4 TO BE RECKONED WITH (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

Audi's refreshed A4 allroad model continues in its aim to go where no A4 Avant has gone before. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 63

Fancy an A4 Avant with extra road presence and ability in slippery conditions? If the answer is yes, you'll be wanting an A4 allroad, here lightly refreshed in line with the changes recently made to more ordinary A4 variants. This is Audi's alternative to a full-blown SUV and for the majority of buyers who never undertake challenging off-road trips, it could be preferable.

Backgroundword count: 143

Audi has been churning out four-wheel-drive estate cars for quite a while but there's a distinction between the basic quattro Avants, as Audi nomenclature refers to them, and the allroad line. An allroad goes further in making Audi's impressive quattro 4x4 system appropriate for off-road use. We're not talking about rock-strewn mountainsides or extreme wilderness river crossings here but the kind of unmade roads and muddy tracks that owners might encounter. A standard A4 quattro could tackle such terrain but there would be a greater chance of it sustaining damage. The A4 allroad has a raised ride height and body-protection measures to help it come through this kind of use unscathed. The original version came out in 2009, then a second generation version arrived in 2015, which was then lightly facelifted in mid-2019 to create the car we're going to look at here.

Driving Experienceword count: 232

The engine range is loaded with familiar Audi units. Most allroad buyers select the 190PS 40 TDI diesel, but there's also a 286PS 50 TDI six cylinder TDI diesel engine available on request. Or the 245PS 45 TFSI petrol unit. From a standing start, the 190PS 40 TDI variant gets to 62mph in 7.8 seconds and the top speed is 136 mph. Naturally, quattro all-wheel drive is standard on all models. The quattro drive set-up is partnered with the updated wheel-selective torque control system, which is active on any surface. Depending on the engine, there is a choice of a manual six-speed transmission, the seven-speed S tronic auto or an eight-speed tiptronic auto. This A4 allroad is a little better off piste than before. Ride height has been increased by 23mm and larger wheels compared with the Audi A4 Avant provide an additional 34mm of ground clearance. As an alternative to the standard suspension, this model is available with optional suspension with damper control. Sensors measure the movements of all four wheels plus lateral and longitudinal acceleration. The damper characteristic adapts accordingly to the surface conditions and the driving situation. The results are enhanced handling with even greater comfort and impressive off-road capability. Furthermore, the driver can push a button to choose the default setting of the suspension in Audi drive select and call up the desired handling characteristics at any time.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

Combined mpg:

42.8

57.6

Extra urban mpg:

48.7

61.4

Max Speed (mph):

136

155

Power (PS):

190

272

Price:

36010

42595

Torque lb ft:

273

442

... and 2 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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