The A4 Allroad is Audi's original attempt at a compact crossover SUV, and has remained in the line-up despite the arrival of the actual crossover Q5. The Allroad is an A4 wagon, lifted up with a mild off-road suspension, quattro all-wheel drive and some extra off-road style cladding.
Introduced in 2012, the Allroad is largely unchanged for the 2015 model year, but does get some extra features. The new tech includes LED running lights, xenon headlamps, and a power tailgate. The only engine choice is a 2.0L turbo four making 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque coupled with an eight-speed automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 11.2 L/100 km city, 8.4 L/100 km highway.
There are three trim levels available, Komfort, Progressiv and Technik. Komfort comes with 18-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, power heated mirrors, 10-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, Audi music interface, satellite radio, auto wipers, a leather steering wheel, power seat adjustment, and heated front seats. Progressiv adds 18-inch wheels, navigation, push button start, three-zone climate control, power folding mirrors, a colour info display in the dash, and rear parking sensors and camera. Technik adds a HomeLink garage door opener, Audi side assist (blind spot alerts), adaptive headlights, a Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker stereo, and heated rear seats. There is also a sport package available with 19-inch wheels, a three-spoke sports steering wheel and sport bolstered bucket seats.
The biggest competitors to the Allroad are the BMW 328i Xdrive wagon or the Volvo V60. Both are wagons, but lack the mild off-road credentials of the Audi. For a less luxurious choice the Subaru Crosstrek XV or Outback should also be on your list. The Allroad really stays in a segment of its own, and provides a unique balance of handling, dirt road ride, and luxury.