In our full review of the 2013 Audi Allroad, we point to this model’s rakish wagon stance; its turbocharged power and responsiveness; its flat handling; and its roomy, well-trimmed interior as among the reasons why you would choose it over the competition—a rival set that spans a wide range of prices and vehicle types, including the Subaru Outback, Volvo XC60, Acura TSX Wagon, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and even Audi’s own Q5 crossover.
Expanding our list of likes beyond what we've mentioned in our full review—based on our extended time—here are five features (or more general attributes) we really appreciate about the Audi Allroad:
- Super-effective three-zone climate control. Although we can’t speak to the heating, we had the Allroad during some unseasonably hot, sunny weather, and the automatic climate control in this wagon is outstanding, brining it quickly to comfortable temps and then maintaining them in the Auto setting without excessive fan noise—even if your passenger selects a temp that’s slightly different. The rear-seat vents don’t give passengers back there a bum deal either.
- Two SD card slots for media. We don’t have the top-of-the-line Bang & Olufsen sound system in our Allroad. But we do have the Audi MMI Navigation plus package—and with it, the sound system can read two SD cards. A number of vehicles offer SD card slots, yet they’re only for optional navigation-system data. We think that’s silly, as the format is one of the handiest, most compact ways to transfer (or bring along) vast MP3 collections. We threw in a smaller 4 GB card loaded with music and the system quickly indexed it; consider furthermore that there are two slots good for music (think one for driver and passenger) and this is a feature to love on long trips.
- Great real-world gas mileage. The Allroad comes with EPA ratings of 20 mpg city, 27 highway. Yet with typically heavy right feet and more around-town trips than steady highway time we’ve easily managed numbers that are right in the middle of those two figures—and right in line with (or even better than) the 23-mpg Combined figure. We’ve noted that real-world highway mileage is above 30-mpg, and being especially steady and moderate yields some impressive results.
- Simple, easy-to-read gauge cluster. A lot of newer cars—especially those with a luxury badge—have gauge arrays that are unnecessarily complex. We find the Allroad’s analog gauges and modest auxiliary display in between to be refreshingly simple—with all that’s essential, with simplified highlights from the MMI main screen.
- Comfortable seats. The Allroad has a near-perfect driving position—a little higher than the A4, but still very much carlike. But it’s the seats themselves that we especially like; in front, they’re adjustable for a wide range of drivers and long enough to be supportive for taller folks on longer trips, with just a bit of side support to hold you in place. In back, legroom is a bit tight, but the seats themselves are generously sized and we think adults will like them better than the hard, bench-like seats in some crossovers.