As much as American’s have a dislike for wagons, there is the same LOVE for wagons from their adoring fans. The 2018 Audi A4 Allroad should find a lot of love with those fans and a pass from others. Here’s why.
The 2018 Audi A4 Allroad is based on the popular A4 sedan. This wagon variant comes with a higher price point in exchange for all-wheel-drive and an increased wheel height. It is basically aimed at those people who live off the beaten path, yet still desire a wagon over the popular crossover craze inflicting American these days.
On the outside, the styling is very straightforward with a simplistic grille extending from the hood to the lower fascia complete with Audi’s signature four rings. The exterior style flows from the front to back nicely without the need of character lines and finally wraps into an OK styled rear that is more focused on utility.
Inside the cabin you will find a generous assortment of luxury finishes and a very modern, albeit simplistic German feel, complete with a considerable amount of quietness.
While quiet is good, the Bang and Olufsen sound system found in our Prestige package equipped test model, really amped up the volume and was easy to control on the 8.3 inch infotainment screen. Also, the Nougat Brown interior complete with the upgraded warm weather and cold weather package gave us the heating and cooled seats to handle the drastic temperature changes found during the fall when we drove it. In sort, it was loooooaaadddeeeddd.
Behind the wheel, the wagon was also loaded with performance. Every A4 Allroad is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine producing (252 HP, 273 lbs-ft of torque) mated to a 7-speed transmission returning 22/30/25 city/highway/combined. It is pretty quick off the line, handles very well and has plenty of power for all of our driving needs. Really, this wagon does all of that. It is stupid good.
If the Prestige is too much for your wallet at $53,000, there is also a Premium Plus $47,200 and base Premium $44,500 trim. The lower trims basically pull back on the features. Our test model was priced at $56,650 with $2,675 worth of options including the brilliant Glacier White metallic paint ($575) plus a $975 destination charge.
While we may not be in the “wagon club,” it is hard to say anything negative on this Audi A4 Allroad. It literally checks all the boxes and if it sat up higher for us like SUVs do, we would mark it down as a solid buy.
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