Its lifted suspension and ruggedized styling are indicators that the 2024 A4 Allroad is not like Audi’s other cars. While it won’t tackle the same trails as the Ford Bronco or the Jeep Wrangler, the A4 Allroad will get you and your stuff to campsites off lightly beaten trails just fine. All models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder and all-wheel drive, and in our experience, this combination provides brisk acceleration. The Allroad’s on-road driving demeanor is also refined and its cornering attitude is quite lively, especially considering the car‘s extra ground clearance. Practicality is key with a station wagon and the A4 Allroad can haul more than the regular A4 sedan, but rivals such as the Subaru Outback and the Volvo V60 Cross Country can fit even more inside their cargo bays. The A4 Allroad offers a traditional Audi experience inside, with a businesslike cabin that’s packed with tech, but beyond the high-quality materials, there’s little to get excited about from a luxury standpoint.
What’s New for 2023?
The A4 Allroad gains several standard driver-assistance features for 2024, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. A heated steering wheel and a smartphone-enabled remote start function are also now standard. The Navigation package, which is optional on the Premium Plus trim and included on the Prestige model, now includes traffic-sign recognition and a more advanced predictive adaptive cruise control system.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We recommend the mid-range Premium Plus model. It’s slightly elevated over the base Premium model with additional standard features such as Audi’s cool Virtual Cockpit gauge display, keyless entry with push-button start, a wireless smartphone charging pad, power-folding exterior side mirrors, and a memory seat for the driver.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
There’s only one powertrain for the A4 Allroad, but it’s a good one: the gutsier, 261-hp version of the regular A4’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which now comes with a 12-volt hybrid system. A seven-speed automatic transmission and the latest version of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system are standard. In our experience with older nonhybrid models, we noted that the gearbox modulates its attitude depending on the driver’s demands and can snap off quick, precise shifts under hard driving or more relaxed, unobtrusive shifts around town. We’ll have to wait to test the A4 Allroad with its new powertrain. From our previous experience, however, the A4 Allroad drives like a dream, balancing ride and handling extremely well. Its cornering grip is plenty adequate and puts it right in line with most competitors. It feels like a car rather than an SUV, something we appreciate and think many buyers will too.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates the A4 Allroad will earn 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. However, we can’t evaluate its real-world mpg until we run one on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the A4 Allroad’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The A4 Allroad has an attractive, businesslike interior, which we would like far better if we hadn’t seen the art piece that is the Volvo V90’s cabin. It may not be beautiful, but the A4 Allroad’s cabin is perfectly functional, handsome, nicely appointed, and comfortable. Despite being significantly shorter in exterior length than several of its competitors, the Allroad’s back seat has nearly as much legroom as the V90. As befits a luxury car, the Allroad comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and three-zone automatic climate control. The A4 Allroad lost the carry-on luggage test before we even got our suitcases out, however. It’s smaller inside and out than competitors such as the Outback. More perplexing is that it barely beat the sedan version of the A4 in seats-up cargo-carrying room, despite its supposed 11-cubic-foot advantage in cargo volume; it held just six carry-ons behind the rear seat, only one more than the A4 sedan.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Audi’s MMI infotainment system’s crown jewel is the optional Virtual Cockpit, a high-resolution configurable display located where the gauge cluster would normally be. It can be arranged to show either a digital version of a traditional cluster layout or a more infotainment-focused display, which can feature real-time Google Maps overlays of the surrounding environs. A 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen takes center stage atop the dashboard and features Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
A wide array of standard driver-assistance technology is impressive, but plenty of the Audi’s competitors offer a similar suite of features. For more information about the A4 Allroad’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning
- Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Almost all of the cars in this class, including the A4 Allroad, have a warranty based around a four-year or 50,000-mile limited and powertrain warranty.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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