2017 Audi A4 Allroad Road Test and Review…
The new 2017 Audi A4 Allroad really is a glamorous car and a model that highlights how far 2.0 litre engines have come.
With remarkable power increases and improved fuel efficiency in the past half-decade or so, the days of a wagon being propelled around rather dozily by a four-cylinder engine are well in the past.
You might have opted instead for a 3.0 litre power plant, maybe even a small V8, however the landscape has certainly changed.
Take the new Audi A4 Allroad. I was more than satisfied with the performance from the 2.0 TSFI engine and 7-speed S tronic transmission.
With 185kW of power and 370Nm of torque, it can reach 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds, and Audi claims fuel consumption of 6.7 litres per 100km.
That’s the technical stuff, but how does the A4 Allroad feel and perform day-to-day?
The car is eye-catching, a hip high crease running along the sides from the glamorous grille and headlights.
It might be called an Allroad, the suspension can be raised and lowered at the touch of a button… but it is essentially a station wagon.
Are they meant to look this good? The test car was beautifully put together, the panels were just right, and the car assumes a feeling of quality, which only increases once you sit in the cabin.
Upholstery looks the part too, upmarket and nicely styled, and what’s more, is supportive yet comfortable.
Audi’s designers know how to please the occupants.
The dash is elegant – you would expect that – great audio, and the entertainment system is easy to navigate, with Bluetooth pairing almost instantly.
Same attention to detail in the back, and there is plenty of room in the load area which comes with a rail system and load-securing kit.
The car fitted very neatly into my lifestyle.
So, good to drive that the commute was a pleasure, it’s quick off the mark and offers great cornering, with an added freeway adventure a bonus!
It is mid-size, although the A4, like most other cars, seems to have expanded somewhat. My golf clubs, buggy and another suitcase or two fitted in with ease.
The price? It starts at $74,400 but adding even some of the extras can quickly bump up the dollars.
One with the lot - Audi active Lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, traffic jam assist, collision avoidance systems, Adaptive suspension – the car as tested came in at a costly $81,563 before on-roads.
So if it fits your budget, and you feel the need for the space offered by an SUV, but yearn for the civilised handling of a sedan, here’s one that comes with both.
There’s versatility and space of a wagon and the handling is crisp and inviting.
The 2.0 litre TFSI keeps the car humming along; fit and finish others dream of; the legendary Audi attention to detail in the cabin to keep driver and passengers happy, striking good looks on the outside and a prestige badge to go with it. What more do you need?
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Audi A4 Allroad
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 185kW/370Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Three years
Price: from $74,400