At one point, the A4 Allroad was Audi's first foray into the compact crossover market, taking the A4 station and adding black body cladding and a height-adjustable suspension to make the car look more rugged and better able to tackle mild off-road situations.
We're glad Audi still makes this car not necessarily because of those features, but because for station wagon fans like us it's the closest thing the brand offers to one here in North America.
For 2019, very little changes for the Allroad following a full redesign two years ago. Audi's virtual cockpit, a slick digital gauge cluster, is now optional in the mid-range Progressiv trim, where it was previously standard in the Technik model and unavailable anywhere else.
Audi offers the A4 Allroad with a single powertrain consisting of a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, power that is handled by a seven-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro AWD system.
Audi has a full range of compact and mid-size crossovers (Q3, Q5, Q7 and Q8) to compete in the mainstream section of that popular segment, so the Allroad instead goes up against other niche models like the Volvo V60 Cross Country. It's a small field, but trust us when we say these automakers wouldn't bother making a car if they didn't feel there was demand for it in the marketplace.
A4 Allroad trims start with Komfort, which comes fitted with 18-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, heated side mirrors, 10-speaker stereo, electric-adjustable and heated front seats, power tailgate, fog lights, driver lumbar, bi-xenon headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights and wipers and tire pressure monitoring.
Progressiv trim adds a hands-free tailgate, navigation, LED headlights with automatic high beams, garage door opener, passive keyless entry, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, driver's seat memory and a 7.0-inch driver information display.
Finally, Technik trim adds heated rear seats, blind spot monitoring, top-view camera, virtual cockpit gauge cluster, exit warning system, rear cross traffic alert, ambient lighting and a rear collision system that tightens the seatbelts and closes windows and sunroof if it senses a crash from behind is imminent.
Audi hadn't published 2019 fuel consumption estimates for the Allroad when we wrote this, but those figures should be similar, if not identical, to those for 2018, which were 10.5/7.9 L/100 km (city/highway).
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