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30 Days Of Audi Allroad: Five Things We Don't Like

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As you spend more time with a car—as we have with the 2013 Audi Allroad in an extended test—you’re not only more likely to see some additional strengths (which we pointed out in this companion post on our five favorite features) but also see a few more of its flaws. And at the very least, you're bound to note some areas where you wish the car would be designed a bit differently.

There really aren't very many of those things we've found for the Allroad; yet a few details are worth pointing out:

  • Where is the telephone button on the steering wheel? For social media manager Joel Feder and myself, this has been a complaint in the Allroad from day one. As we outline in our post on the Allroad’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI), we make a call, and if we've touched anything else in the meantime after leaving a voicemail or finishing the call we're left fiddling for an easy way to simply hang up. Maybe we’re too fidgety (moving on to other actions during the course of a call), but if we’ve looked at trip-computer functions or dialed up anything else in the center display during the conversation, there’s no easy way to just hang up and we need to use the steering-wheel Mode button then thumb-wheel toggle, in several steps, to hang up.
  • Side mirrors don’t always tilt down on reversing. In quite a few models we’ve driven, the moment you shift into Reverse the right side mirror tilts down to give you a better view of the rear wheel in relation to the curb. Why doesn’t our Allroad always just do it? In part, because you need to remember to tilt the adjustment knob to the right side.
  • No frontal parking sensors. Our car has a rear camera system and backup sensors but no frontal sensor. I’m 6’-6” and tend to sit with a rather upright position, and I can’t see the front corner over the bulbous hood, so I think that this would be a relatively common issue with the car, remedied with just a little sonar or camera help in front.
  • The obstinate power tailgate. Put simply, we didn’t find the sluggish, somewhat shuddery operation of the tailgate to be in character with the rest of the car. Was there something wrong with the mechanism in our car? We’re not sure; but it has neither German precision now German efficiency, and with its weird, slow mechanism we see no way to bypass it and simply use our arms—which seems like the natural way given the rather short, light hatch.
  • Tight back-seat legroom. Here’s one that we have indeed covered before, but it warrants some emphasis for any who considered (or owned) the Allroad in its previous iteration. The Allroad used to be based on the A6; it’s now based on the smaller A4. And even though the A4 has grown a little longer in recent years, taller adults are going to find the Allroad short on back-seat legroom.

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  2. Here goes (I have a '12 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium Plus with MMI):
    1. press the "Push to talk" button on the steering wheel and say hang up, end call, whatever.
    2.Rt. mirror tilts but the mirror control on the drivers door must be set to select that mirror. I just leave mine on it. (Also, if you are not locking the car in your home garage, simply turn the control knob down one click (rt) and the mirrors fold without locking the car.)
    3. Just weird. I have frontal sensors.
    4. My power tailgate works just fine. But once you push the button, keep your hands off! Note unheralded safety item…the door can be opened from the driver's door or the tailgate. But, it can only be closed from the rear, & nothing gets caught.
    5. The Q5 has no legroom issues
     
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  3. I have the 2013 Allroad (Monsoon Gray, Prestige, B&O audio). Comments from Jim Glass apply to the Allroad. That is:
    1.- Use the push to talk button and say "hang up" and you're done. Same if you want to make a call: push to talk and say "call home" (assuming HOME is an entry in your phone), or "dial 123-456-7890"
    2.- Leave the mirror control knob to the left and the left side mirror tilts on reversing. Turn knob one more click to fold mirrors. It's all in the manual.
    3.- Power tailgate: leave it alone after you push the button.
    4.- For things that take you 3-clicks or MMI menus that seem confusing just push to talk and say the command. Keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
    5.- Leg room is similar to all other A4 variation
     
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  4. Correction: Right side mirror tilts on reversing
     
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  5. I was pretty excited about this long-term Allroad test; however, the recent articles have lost my interest. How is it possible that one of the top 5 complaints is about a feature that the car actually has (tilting mirror)? A quick look at the owner's manual probably would have revealed this. If you're going to spend 30 days evaluating a car, then it's probably worthwhile to really get to know the ins and outs of it.
     
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  6. Hi Johnny,
    The mirror will tilt *only* if you move the mirror-adjustment knob over to the right side during reverse. Frankly, it's a minor quibble, and one of the few we could come up with. Ideally, making this 'the norm,' or allowing it to be configured via a menu, would help assure the tilt-down just happens when you need it during a quick parallel-parking maneuver.
     
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  7. Not true - it will tilt automatically when you go into reverse. You need to have the mirror switch in the right-hand position for this. Mine also auto-folds when locked - I think this is a configuration in the MMI.
     
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