2014 Audi A4 vs. Its Competition

2014 Audi Allroad
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Saying that the Subaru Outback owns the rugged-wagon is an exaggeration; but it's not all that far off.

The six-cylinder 3.6R version of the Outback doesn’t have a luxury badge, but it costs nearly as much as the base Allroad.

It’s tough, handles reasonably well, and has good ground clearance but doesn’t match up in terms of fuel-efficiency.

The Volvo XC60 is a great crossover, and we love both its rakish, sporty exterior and the upright, contrast-heavy Swedish design sensibility inside.

Its true luxury-vehicle interior wows, while its gas mileage doesn’t.

The Acura TSX Wagon is the right pick if you love the look of a premium wagon but want to throw every last bit of rugged pretense out the window—and even forgo all-wheel drive.

Or take the glossy, more urban side of the Allroad and amp it up, and you may find your way to the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

As with the Allroad, it's all car underneath; but Land Rover has worked a lot harder to make some real off-road components available at least for occasional use.

That said, the Evoque is probably best kept for single folks and couples, as it's not as roomy--think more of a tall five-door (or three-door) hatchback.

Last but not least, Audi’s own Q5 is a cross-showroom rival that we can see many Allroad shoppers considering.

The Q5 is a really strong package, and it can feel roomier inside; the only drawback is that ride and handling isn’t quite as deft if you choose this somewhat taller crossover.

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (European spec)2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
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2014 Subaru Outback 4-door Wagon H6 Auto 3.6R Limited Side Exterior View2014 Subaru Outback
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Quick Specs
With its perky, composed all-wheel-drive performance, the 2014 Audi Allroad isn't just the family pick of the A4 lineup; it's a better-driving alternative to taller crossovers.
With exception to those green-car enthusiasts out there, we think the 2014 Acura TSX strikes a solid compromise for shoppers interested in a practical, sporty, premium compact sedan.
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque may not be as burly as its bigger brand-mates, but it's every bit as sophisticated and stylish.
Above all else, the 2014 Subaru Outback remains an eminently practical and capable vehicle, with generous interior space both for people and their gear.
The 2014 Volvo XC60 keeps in sync with Volvo's reputation for safe, luxurious wagons–just in a taller crossover package.
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17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-6
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Compact CarsCompact CarsSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
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4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic5-Door HB Pure Plus4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5iFWD 4-Door 3.2L PZEV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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FrontTrak SedanSedan5-DoorSport UtilitySport Utility
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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