The Worst Accessories--And The Best: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

June 25, 2013

As we spend our month with the 2013 Audi Allroad, we've tried to think like an Allroad owners, act like an Allroad owners, and really get into how people would use the Allroad in their daily lives. From hauling cargo to taking the Allroad off the beaten path, we've done it all. Many Allroad owners live active lifestyles, which means they'll need to buy some accessories for their all-weather chariot.

Some accessories for the Allroad are quite useful, from snowboard and ski racks to bike mounts and cargo carriers. But there are some accessories that seem a bit frivolous, and frankly overpriced. We browsed through Audi's accessory catalog online to find some of the best, and worst, Allroad accessories.

Some of the best accessories-

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

Converting the roof bar system to a lockable ski holder will cost $165, and it holds four pairs of skis or two snowboards.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

If you're a surfer or own your own kayak, you'll only need $176 for the surfboard or kayak holder for your roof rack. Note: That's not an Allroad in this image.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

Most of the attachments require the $440 base carrier bars, a must for those who want to fully utilize their Allroad's roof rack system. Note: The carrier bar are the cross members shown in this image.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

Taking a long road trip? The $1,019 compact cargo carrier will increase your cargo carrying capability in case someone in your house hold tends to overpack.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

You can strap that extra luggage onto the roof in an aluminum roof basket for $776.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

If you need to take your bike with you, the aluminum bike rack will run you $200.

Some of the worst accessories-

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

For $41 you could buy a set of valve stem caps with the Audi logo, but please don't.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

An Audi Sport carbon fiber license plate holder is available for $120, but we promise it won't make your Allroad any faster.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

The $200 fork mount bike rack is the same price as the aluminum bike rack, but requires you to take the front wheel off the bike. More work for the same price? No thanks.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

If you really need to cover your Allroad, there are cheaper alternatives to this $477 car cover.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

Yes, this mini rechargeable flashlight looks handy, but not at $76.

Audi Allroad Accessories

Audi Allroad Accessories

Please don't spend $36 a piece on grocery hooks, of which two are required, not to mention the $294 cargo net.

Stay tuned for more. Follow our 2013 Audi Allroad 30-day test here, and as always, follow The Car Connection on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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