Sporty wagons that shy from the SUV label still aren't all that common, but the Audi Allroad has competition from a few interesting sources.
Within its corporate network alone, there's the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen--yes, it's way downmarket, but given its available turbodiesel powertrain and its unique appeal, it's not that far off the Audi's psychographic trail.
You can put the Acura TSX Sport Wagon in the same pack, though it's automatic-only, and doesn't quite have the oomph or the handling excitement to keep things as interesting as the Allroad.
There's also the Subaru Outback, which underlaps the Audi's pricetag pretty neatly, also has standard all-wheel drive, and clads up a stock sedan in all-weather wagon drag.
Those are the practical alternatives: brand-sensitive types will veer more toward something like the Volvo XC60, a great crossover with appealing interior space and Swedish sensibility, and excellent safety scores and equipment.
Then there's the outre Range Rover Evoque, more an off-roader than the Allroad and more a fashion-forward statement, too--though it's a close call as to which one makes a more effective use of sheetmetal and trim.
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