Review: Audi A4 Allroad (2009 – 2015)
As good to drive as standard A4 Avant but with quattro four-wheel drive and raised ground clearance. Ideal for towing. Refined and well built.
Prices new are close to the Q5.
Audi A4 Allroad (2009 – 2015): At A Glance
The Audi A4 Allroad of 2009 is the smaller counterpart to the A6 Allroad but in essence a very similar car. It's ideal if you tow a trailer or regularly have to cover muddy or slippery roads, but don't want a traditional 4x4 with its associated bulk. Thanks to quattro four-wheel drive as standard, the A4 Allroad is very surefooted and useful in the snow, but will struggle with more challenging terrain.
What marks it out from the standard Audi A4 Avant is the raised ground clearance, extra body cladding including wheel arch covers and stainless steel underbody guards to give it a more rugged appearance. The extra ground clearance is useful on rutted tracks and the A4 Allroad will surprise you at what ground it's able to cover.
The good news is that these changes don't adversely affect how the A4 Allroad handles on the road. It feels very much like a normal A4 with good poise, impressive comfort and a forgiving ride on all but the roughest of roads. There are only three engines available but they're some of Audi's best with the 2.0 TDI our choice thanks to its strong performance but useful economy.
However, it isn't a cheap choice as a new buy and the impressive Audi Q5 is only slightly more, while the standard A4 Avant is available with quattro four-wheel drive (albeit without the raised ground clearance) for considerably less. However, there are few premium cars, aside from the Volvo XC70, which offer something similar.
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Audi A4 Allroad (2009 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 490–1430 litres
The cabin of the A4 Allroad isn't very different from the standard A4 - in fact it's near identical. That's not a criticism as the A4 has a neatly styled and well finished interior, but it's surprising that there is nothing to make this model stand out from the standard A4. There's a variety of trims and materials available in the cabin, from the modern metal finish (in the picture above) to a more traditional darker wood.
Thanks to the easy-to-use MMI (multi media interface) system the main central console is kept mainly free from buttons aside from the climate control buttons which aren't the most intuitive but easy enough once you've got used to them. The MMI system is controlled via a dial just behind the gear lever and the large colour screen built into the dash. It's a very good way of working the various functions from the radio to the sat nav (if fitted).
Instead of a standard handbrake, there's an electric parking brake which frees up space and adds to the high-tech feel. The stereo also has slots for SD cards on which you can store music, plus there are MP3 and iPod connections available as optional extras and well worth the investment.
As you'd expect in an Audi, the quality if the materials is top notch and all the switches and buttons work with millimetre precision. The seats are excellent too with plenty of support for long distance comfort, while the driving position is pretty much spot-on, helped by plenty of adjustment in the steering column. One minor complaint is that with bottles in the central cup holders, changing gear or using the MMI system is tricky.
The estate body means there's a large boot with a maximum of 1430 litres of luggage space with the seats folded down. However, folding them down can be quite a pain as there's a large bar which spans the width of the car and holds the retractactable luggage cover. It's fairly heavy and awkward to get out too. However useful features include a reversible load floor which is rubber on one side for wet or muddy shoes.
Rear passengers get well catered for too and there's more legroom than in equivalent estates from BMW or Mercedes-Benz, although the Volvo XC70 is equally as roomy. The large central transmission tunnel means that it's a squeeze for three in the back though - mainly because of a lack of room for everyone's feet.
Standard equipment from launch (May 2009):
The A4 Allroad comes in just one trim level, which is based on the A4 SE. Features include three-zone climate control, a 10-speaker Audi Concert CD system, automatic headlights, rain sensitive wipers, a full-colour Driver's Information System (DIS), 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with allroad-specific tyres, special Tundra cloth upholstery and a storage pack including additional nets and compartments. Additional standard features can also be found in the boot including a reversible load mat, a flip over bumper protector, plus a load area rail system and fixing kit for securing bulky loads using a telescopic bar along with a securing belt.
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What's the Audi A4 Allroad (2009 – 2015) like to drive?
- Engines range from 2.0 TDI quattro to 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 22–45 mpg
There are three engines available in the A4 Allroad line-up - two diesels and one petrol. It's actually the cheapest model which offers the best blend of performance and economy in the shape of the 2.0 TDI. This is a newer common-rail diesel engine which means it's smooth and fairly quiet, plus with 170bhp it has plenty of pace on tap. But it's the 350Nm of torque that most impresses name means the A4 Allroad is ideal fof long distance motorway driving, while average economy is 45.2mpg.
The other 2.0-litre engine is the TFSI petrol which unusually doesn't come with a manual gearbox like the 2.0 TDI but instead has a seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox (similar to Volkswagen's DSG system) which provides super-quick and smooth gear shifts. The TFSI offers sporty performance and a nice exhaust note too - it's actually the same engine that's used in the Volkswagen Golf GTI so it's not surprising that it's quite thirsty.
Finally there's the superb 3.0 TDI - one of the best diesel engines around. Thanks to 500Nm of torque it pulls effortlessly from low down and offers great performance, even when fully loaded with passengers and luggage. It's impressively quick from a standstill too, thanks to the slick S tronic gearbox (which is standard).
On the road the A4 allroad is easy to drive with nicely weighted steering and good all round visibility. It corners very well despite the raised ride height and feels just as composed and reassuring as a standard A4. The ride is good too and evens out rough surfaces, although on bumpy roads it can sometimes struggle to settle down and feels a touch bouncy.
If you're looking to tow a trailer, the A4 Allroad has a braked towing weight of up to 1,900kg. The extra 180mm of ground clearance means tacklng rutted tracks or grassy fields is made easier and although this is no hardcore 4x4, it deals well with tougher terrain so makes an ideal choice if you live in a rural area where snow and ice can be a problem in the winter.
|2.0 TDI quattro||45–50 mpg||7.6–8.9 s||145–164 g/km|
|2.0 TDI quattro S tronic||47–50 mpg||7.8–8.1 s||149–156 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||39 mpg||6.8 s||169 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||34–40 mpg||6.7–6.9 s||164–194 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro S tronic||40–47 mpg||6.2–6.4 s||159–189 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Audi A4 Allroad (2009 – 2015)
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