For those who want butch styling, all-weather all-wheel drive, and a wagon, the 2013 Audi Allroad just might be the right vehicle. But what makes an Allroad different from the other Audi Avant wagons, and are those changes functional or just for show?
The exterior is where all the visual changes that make an Audi Avant wagon into an Allroad come together, giving it an outdoorsy makeover. Immediately noticeable is the plastic body cladding, which gives the Allroad its butch, Timberland-style hiking shoe look; it is an option to have this plastic cladding painted match the body color, but that sort of defeats the purpose.
Up front, Audi's gaping grille features vertical chrome slats for a substantial appearance, while aluminum roof rails hint at the Allroad's sense of adventure.
Fog lights are mounted low, and at the corners add visual width to the Allroad, and there's aluminum trim on all four sides of the car for added visual toughness. Out back, the chrome-tipped exhaust outlets are pushed to the corners, which visually makes the Allroad look wider than it is.
The eight inches of ground clearance add to the butch appearance, giving it the visual toughness outdoorsy people are looking for, while the LED daytime running lights provide an aggressive front-end design. The 18-inch aluminum 5-spoke wheels fill the wheel wells while leaving plenty of room for suspension travel.
Inside, the Allroad is identical to an A4 sedan. Aluminum trim strewn about the cabin provides some brightwork to an otherwise dark driving environment. For those seeking a warmer design there are three different wood trim packages that are available.
In case you forget what vehicle you're driving, there are aluminum sill plates that remind you that this raised A4 Avant with body cladding is indeed an Allroad.
At the end of the day, that's what it is; but that doesn't mean we don't love that it exists. The body cladding provides protection to the sides of the cars from being scraped while heading to your next adventure, while the ground clearance makes sure you get there. And for these reasons alone, the Allroad looks exactly how it should.