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2013 Audi Allroad Review

Tough Luxury Wagon

A three-quarter front view of a white 2013 Audi Allroad

In short: A rugged-yet-luxurious all-wheel-drive wagon.

The faithful of the cult of Allroad once again have reason to rejoice: after a six-year hiatus, the much-admired all-wheel-drive luxury wagon is back. Although it's been a rocky road for Audi's all-purpose vehicle — the German badge has scaled back its stateside lineup of hatchbacks and wagons due to lack of mainstream interest — that's just the way it likes it. Literally. Featuring stainless steel skid plates, plenty of ground clearance and Audi's advanced quattro all-wheel-drive system, the aptly-named Allroad is actually just as comfortable off-road, and makes a great vehicle for ranch hands as well as East Coasters who find themselves braving icy roads with each winter's arrival.

Overall, we found our Ibis White tester to be a joy to drive, with peppy acceleration afforded by the Allroad's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Unfortunately, we were less than impressed with its fuel economy, earning just 21.3 mpg during our time with the wagon. Inside, the Allroad is roomy, with a good distribution of space, although our Premium Plus model lacked creature comforts like a navigation system and keyless entry. Practical features like 60/40 fold-down seats and a rain and light sensor add to the vehicle's already impressive versatility. While we've enjoyed this second coming of the Allroad, only time will tell if there is a market for the rugged wagon outside of its small-yet-fervent flock of devotees.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 12-month/5,000-mile no charge first scheduled maintenance; 4-year roadside assistance coverage provided by a third party supplier

Base Price: $39,600 / As Tested: $43,795

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door station wagon
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine with FSI direct injection
Horsepower: 211 hp @ 4,300 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed tiptronic transmission with sport and manual shift modes

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: 5-link front; trapezoidal-link independent steel string rear
Traction: electronic stability control with off-road mode; quattro all-wheel drive

Top Speed: 130 mph (governor limited)
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds

Safety: driver single adaptive airbag; front passenger advanced two-stage airbag; driver and front passenger seat-mounted thorax side airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags

Likes: quality build

Dislikes: trunk lever operation


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