KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 7/7/2013
The station wagon isn't dead – it has just morphed into a number of differently named vehicles. In the 2014 Allroad, Audi has taken all that was sweet about its now defunct A4 Avant, added a bit more ground clearance, some shiny skid plates and some tacked-on plastic protectors, and created a wagon with a hint of off-road potential. In truth, the Allroad is not designed for 4-wheeling, but it will get its occupants safely through the unplowed passages of morning commutes and weekend ski resort jaunts. It's true that the 2014 Allroad lacks the V6 power and adjustable height suspension, but it favors comfort and economy over utility. Those who need a more rugged option can always look to the marvelous Q5.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a vehicle that is as versatile as a small SUV but looks, drives and feels more like a sensible luxury sedan, the 2014 Audi Allroad dominates a very small field of wagon offerings.
You May Not Like This Car If...
You'll get better off-road ability and a lower price by going with a nicely loaded Subaru Outback Limited. Or, you can go the other way and get more power and sportier looks with the Cadillac CTS and CTS-V wagon.
What's New for 2014
For 2014, the Audi Allroad has its horsepower raised to 220. Bluetooth, Audi music interface and a driver information system are made standard, while Audi advanced key keyless entry and start is added to the Premium Plus package.
While we can't say the 2014 Audi Allroad delivers the same kind of thrills one gets behind the wheels of an A7 or S4, it still delivers a driving experience far above the average compact SUV. During our test drive, Mother Nature threw the book at us, delivering relentless downpours and wind gusts as we made our way through a narrow Colorado mountain pass. During all of it, the Allroad simply did its job. We were not able to take the Allroad off-road, and Audi doesn't recommend you do, but it was nice to know that the 7.1-inches of ground clearance and standard quattro AWD would probably be enough to get us through snow, mud and unpaved logging roads if need be. In normal driving, the Allroad lived up to our Audi expectations, although it was a little stiffer on the highway than we expected (not helped by the optional 19-inch wheels and lower-profile summer tires on our test car).
Arguably the finest navigation system you can buy, Audi connect features a dedicated Internet connection ($25-$30/month through T-Mobile) that enables detailed Google maps with Street View of your destination, the ability to send a destination from your computer to your car, the ability to connect eight Wi-Fi devices at once, and Google Voice Local Search, which makes it easier to enter a destination via voice.
BANG & OLUFSEN AUDIO
In the top-dog Audi A8, a B&O audio system will set you back $6,300. In the Allroad, it's less than a grand. No, it's not as powerful or robust and it doesn't have the tweeters that rise magically from the dash, but it's a nice system nonetheless.
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