2016 allroad New Car Test Drive
The Audi Allroad is a wagon with stout styling, responsive performance, and all-season strength with its quattro all-wheel drive. There's room for a small family without having to climb up to a tall crossover, or worse an SUV. It's built on the platform of the A4 sedan, and the Allroad keeps those driving dynamics, and probably handles even better. Its competitors might be the Subaru Outback or Volvo Cross Country, but there's nothing directly comparable.
The 2016 Audi Allroad benefits from some slight changes. A multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel is now standard. Equipment is shuffled in the higher models, for example the Premium Plus model with the Technology package gets the Bang & Olufsen stereo. Surprisingly, a rearview camera is not standard.
The Allroad gets a rugged look on the exterior and works for light trailblazing, but offroad it's no Jeep or Land Rover, and isn't likely to get much use on real outdoor trails.
The stability control grants for more wheelspin in mud or snow; inferior systems just shut down when they can't pass the challenge. Ground clearance is 7.1 inches, less than the Outback, the same as taller crossovers. There's modest underbody armor against the boonies.
The 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet torque, and is mated to a quick eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode. Dynamic variable-ratio steering is available, along with Drive Select, which sets the electric power steering, throttle, transmission, and shock settings for comfort or sport.
The 2016 Allroad earned five stars overall in crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Options for the Allroad consists of adaptive cruise control that can stop the car from 19 mph, blind-spot monitors, rearview camera and airbags for the rear seat. Its EPA fuel mileage is 21/28/24 mpg City/Highway/Combined. During our extended test we averaged a spot-on 24 mpg, and often saw 30 mpg while cruising at the speed limit.
For a base price of a bit more than $40,000, you get leather, aluminum cabin trim, power front seats and tailgate, panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, garage-door opener, and last but not least MMI, Audi's multi-media interface. Options include 19-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, shift paddles and sport seats, Bluetooth, iPod/USB connection, wood cabin trim, a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system, and navigation.
Audi Connect is a 3G connection that turns the Allroad into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices. The connection also feeds the navigation system with data from Google Street View and Google Earth in crisp detail. The system leaves us with some gripes, but the display features are excellent.