This week we are taking a look at the 2018 Audi Allroad, a station wagon that is based on the platform of the popular Audi A4 sedan. I think this vehicle is aimed at people who do not want an SUV, are looking for good mileage, but need extra cargo space. The Allroad answers this call.
Although a station wagon, this vehicle is a capable off-roader with Audi’s terrific Quattro all-wheel drive system. The Quattro system can proactively switch between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, giving the vehicle all the torque the road conditions require.
Powering the Quattro system is a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine putting out 252-horses and 273 pound-feet of torque. The Allroad comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2018 Audi Allroad Prestige
The Allroad comes in three trim levels, the Premium, the Premium Plus, and the top-of-the-line Prestige package, which is what I am reviewing.
Audi is known for nice interiors, and the Allroad has a nice, yet understated interior. The seats are soft and comfortable, but the dash has too much plastic for me and lacks the heavy stitching you typically see these days.
The cargo area has 24.2 cubic feet, and if you fold the back seat down it goes up to 58.5 cubic feet. Legroom and headroom are ample.
The gauge cluster is incredible. It is 12.3”, extremely colorful, and you can display a 3D navigation map as a background. You can make the speedometer and tachometer smaller for a better view of the map. Everything is controlled from the steering wheel and is easy to understand.
The center console is well done with a couple of cup holders, the gear shifter, a knob for sound volume, and a large round dial for the 8.3” Audi Multi-Media Interface screen where you control the vehicle settings, sound, radio, media, and telephone Bluetooth. Apple Car Play and Android Auto come standard.
The system is super easy to operate. One cool thing on the console are eight radio pre-set buttons, that if you just lightly touch them, the screen shows you which station you are selecting.
Just above the console is where you choose your drive modes, turn off the start/stop system, turn off the parking sensors if desired, hill descent control activation, and you can turn the screen off.
Audi drive select modes allow you to choose from a selection of five driving modes: Offroad, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual. You can feel a marked difference between the various modes.
Standard Features and Options
My tester is fully loaded with standard features including keyless entry, leather seats, panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, power seats, LED running lights, LED rear turn signals, and low-speed brake assistance.
Options-wise, the Prestige Package runs $8500 but includes a ton of content. Most notable are a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, head-up display, LED headlights, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a 360-degree camera.
This one also has the $1450 warm weather package which is cooled front seats with power lumbar, and the $650 cold weather package, which is heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
Fuel Economy and What You’ll Pay
Fuel economy ratings are 22 in town and 30 on the highway, and the total MSRP is $56,650 and to be honest, that seems really high to me. I can’t get past the price or the unattractive appearance.
If you are into station wagons, and I am not, this one drives well, the handling is actually quite good, it has decent ground clearance, and if you want to go lightly off-road, it’ll do it.