Active-lifestyle people who hike, camp, rock-climb, mountaineer, or just explore really need to have a vehicle that is capable of getting them to where they need to go. This often includes a location that is off the beaten path. For many consumers, that leads to a local Subaru dealership. But what if you want a luxury vehicle that is still capable? That's what the Audi Allroad's mission is.
No, the Audi Allroad won't be able to tackle the Rubicon Trail, and no, it doesn't have a low range or even a hill descent mode. But it does have 7.1 inches of ground clearance; Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system; skid plates; and body cladding to protect the paint front branches and stones. This all adds up to the perfect luxury vehicle for those camping weekends or for heading into the woods for a nice hike.
But how does it perform? Quick well actually. We headed to the Browns Camp Off-Highway-Vehicle staging area outside of Portland, Oregon. From there we sought out the easiest trails we could find, as again, this isn't a true SUV with hardcore off-road capabilities. But we found a green trail that we were told is the easiest in the park. It had some steeper inclines with loose gravel along with undulations that really tested the suspension travel.
The quattro all-wheel-drive system never missed a beat as it sent power to the wheels with the most traction. The extra ground clearance gave us the ability to drive on the trail without scraping the bottom of the car, or worse, tearing a hole in the oil pan. Though if we were to scrape the Allroad has skid plates on key areas under the body to protect components from catastrophic failure.
At the end of the day the 2013 Audi Allroad has more than enough chops to get you over the river and through hills to your destination. Just don't include any rock crawling during the trip.