Audi has been known for all-wheel drive and wagon rooflines for a lot longer than it has been making crossovers. Before cranking out the Q7, Q5 and Q3, the German automaker was making Avant Quattro wagons that carved up alpine mountain passes like nobody's business. And then came the Allroad.

Bridging the gap between a wagon and an SUV, the Allroad versions of the A4 and A6 take a similar approach to the Subaru Outback and Volvo XC70, giving the wagon a rougher, go-anywhere image compared to the standard Avant estate. We used to get the Allroad in the North American market, but after a brief hiatus, the A4 Allroad is back.

We got a chance to drive the soft-roader just last month, but couldn't resist the temptation to snap it again for the Ingolstadt aficionados among us as it made its official North American debut alongside the new A4 and S4 here at the Detroit Auto Show. Click the thumbnails above to check it out in high resolution.


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      Peter_G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stiletto fail. Someone's feet must be hurting :P
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      The last US Allroad was an A6--the Allroad may be "back", but the "A4 Allroad" is new to the USA.
      The Great 1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love Audi, they are the company to beat.
      DK
      • 2 Years Ago
      No TDI, no s-tronic, **** it.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd rather have the regular Avant, but this isn't too jacked up, it could be acceptable. The "Europeans don't dig chrome" may be confused by this thing.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      As usual with my take on these cars, no diesel means no go for me. It better have TDI
      paknet
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rob, If I am not too impertinent, I was wondering how old you are? This Allroad, with the mix of practicality, performance, good mileage, comfort and storage seems to be a winner to me. Of course, I'm slightly older than the Washington monument and am able to accept the virtues of this vechicle. I need the central seating position in the rear for my baby seat ( not my baby, but my grandson). Let's hope the return is successful for Audi.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      feels more glitzy and fragile than the original....not as purposeful like when they reved the original and made the black plastic bits body color, I am not sure that was a good thing. I am against black plastic cladding as the next guy, but this is starting to look like a confused product
        srDRIVEN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        the cladding you described is standard trim, this painted model is at the high-end, prestiege/optional trim level
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @srDRIVEN
          ok, i thought the painted version was a facelift before they stopped making the vehicle. I wonder if this will have the standard trim option - all the shiny bits here bug me....
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawn. This is more boring than Honda Civic. The only thing interesting in the picture is the model.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        your nickname is just a farce i see. pure irony
          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          not to mention Audi and other German cars have one of the lowest reliability in the industry.
          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          whatever. Doesn't change the fact that it's a boring looking car. If someone showed me this picture and told me this was a 1995 model, I would believe him.
          Roy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Need to get your time machine re-calibrated McFly. Cause in this universe, there were NOTHING that looked remotely like this in 1995.
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        and what do YOU drive? a highly stylized corolla? or let me guess, a "sporty" sentra. GTFO n00b, you are clearly NOT an autophile. I understand styling is subjective, but to say this is as boring as a civic makes you look like an ass
      lpattis
      • 2 Years Ago
      I prefer my '11 A6 Avant...and we need Audi USA to bring both the A4 & A6 Avants back....
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lpattis
        I agree - Fewer Q's, more Allroads and Avants
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lpattis
        I agree. Audi should stop offering cars that sell really well and replace them with cars that sell really poorly.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lancer Sportback!!
        Dimm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        not even close
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        Your optometrist called - You've missed a few appointments...
      kopter28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just give us the regular A4 and A6 Avant. If I wanted plastic cladding all over my car I would get a 2000's Pontiac!
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