30 Days Of Audi Allroad: What's It Really Cost To Own?

June 17, 2013
As you might have gathered through our extended coverage of the 2013 Audi Allroad, we're quite charmed by this rugged, luxurious wagon. It's sensibly sized, very versatile, perky performing, and surprisingly fuel-efficient.

And it has us wondering: What if we actually owned this wagon, over the course of several years? How much would it cost?

We all know that vehicle ownership involves far more than than the monthly payment. So the question becomes, how much would the Allroad cost to keep fueled, insured, and maintained over the years—and how much would it be worth in trade after we're ready to move on to something else?

Looking for those numbers for the Allroad as well as for several models you might consider instead—the Volvo XC60, Subaru Outback 3.6R, Range Rover Evoque, Acura TSX Wagon, and Audi Q5—we turned to cost-of-ownership data from Vincentric, accessed here versus Yahoo Autos.

Querying national average numbers, based on 15,000 miles driven per year, we compared costs and found some interesting trends and projections:

  • The Allroad, even in its base form, costs the most to own ($57,840) overall over five years—more than any of those other models.
  • Depreciation is the major source of the Allroad's higher ownership cost. It's estimated to be worth less than 40 percent of its original value after five years [gulp].
  • The Allroad has the highest insurance costs, followed by the Q5—which either says something about Audi drivers or Audi repair costs.
  • Even though the Audi Q5 crossover is quite a bit more expensive, it has a much lower projected rate of depreciation than the Allroad (and that makes it a smarter pick, purely from a numbers standpoint).

Financing, maintenance, repairs, opportunity cost (what you might have otherwise earned with your 'invested' money), and fees/taxes are all also included in the Total amounts for each vehicle, but these don't vary as significantly as the other factors we've listed below. Read on to see how the depreciation, fuel cost, and insurance numbers each factor in for these models:

2013 Audi Allroad
MSRP: $39,600
Depreciation: $23,811
Fuel Cost: $14,032
Insurance: $7,987
Total: $57,840

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