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30 Days Of The Audi Allroad: The Competition

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2013 Audi allroad

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Among family-oriented luxury vehicles, the 2013 Audi Allroad isn't—at least yet—a common choice. Crossover models like the Ford Explorer or Acura MDX certainly are; but if you want just some of the ruggedness of those models, paired with an attitude mode along the lines of a sport wagon, the Allroad is a great starting point—and possibly the model you'll end up with once you go for a drive.

Considering its bottom-line sticker price of $47,870, our Allroad is solidly in luxury-car price territory. Yet we think that its unusual place among both wagons and among rugged crossovers qualifies it for some rather unconventional cross-shopping.

In our full review of the 2013 Audi Allroad, we list the Subaru Outback, Volvo XC60, Acura TSX Wagon, and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque as potential alternatives to the Allroad. How does the Allroad match up versus each of those models? Read on to see an expanded version for each:

2013 Subaru Outback

2013 Subaru Outback

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When we were searching for an obvious rival to the Allroad, the Subaru Outback is the first model name that came to mind, from nearly every member of our editorial team. Saying that the Subaru Outback owns the rugged-wagon is an exaggeration; but it's not all that far off. You can get a six-cylinder Outback, loaded with leather, a moonroof, active-safety features, and Harman Kardon audio, for around $35k. Relative to the Allroad, the Outback is really tough, handles reasonably well, and has more ground clearance. It's also quite a bit more spacious inside—especially in back-seat passenger space. But its interior trims aren't nearly as plush and impressive as those in the Audi; it isn't as quiet; and its ride tends to be a little busier. You'll probably also want to think twice about fuel economy; while the Outback six-cylinder's EPA fuel economy ratings of 18 mpg city, 25 highway don't seem so far from our Allroad's 20/27 mpg, we've barely managed to meet those numbers in the Outback while we suspect the Allroad is under-rated for highway mileage.

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  1. Aside from the Outback (its configuration), the others compare more closely to the Audi Q5 which starts a lost $10 less than the Allroad. You could throw the Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX into the mix, too. About 18 months ago, I crossed shopped the Edge/MKX, Volvo, Evoque with the Q5 and came away with the Q5 as the winner. It has given 18 trouble-free months while averaging almost 24 mpg with it turbo four in all kinds of driving and I'm a somewhat aggressive driver who doesn't get left at the light. Had the option been available, I'd probably opted for the new diesel which Audi will have on the road here in the fall. I don't deny the allure of the Allroad, but the Q5 is, I think the better choice.
     
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  2. How about comparing the AllRoad with the 3 Series Sportwagon? Both are German vehicles with Teutonic characteristics. They're approximately the same in size, including passenger and cargo space. Comparable in price. I've owned them both, and think both offer that rare combination of great driving satisfaction and functional utility.
     
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