When the crossover is undoubtedly more interested buyers lately, the report of the death of the station wagon is very crowded. You’ve probably noticed the recent revival of wagon popularity. Especially established brands who feed this resurrection with models like Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake and Buick’s Regal TourX. But some European brands have been serving luxury wagons for years. Audi is one of them, and its latest offer is 2018 A4 Allroad.
As the name suggests, the Allroad is based on the popular A4 sedan. Although more expensive than his brother, instead you get a larger cargo utility, standard all-wheel-drive and increased ride height. The latter helps provide some off-road capabilities. The 2018 Audi A4 Allroad luxury cabin also looks more luxurious and modern than what you would find in rivals like Volvo V60 or BMW 330i. This advantage, together with the Allroad reliable handling, a comfortable ride and quiet cabin, making it one of the best entries in the class.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Audi A4 Allroad is a five-passenger luxury wagon offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
Standard features on the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Premium trim include underbody skid plates, an adaptive suspension, 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, roof rails, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, selectable drive modes, forward collision warning and mitigation, keyless ignition, a driver information display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, a wheel-mounted shift paddle, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and eight-way power front seats, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, interior ambient lighting, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, a 7-inch central display, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player and two USB ports.
The Premium trim can be equipped with the Convenience package, which adds keyless entry, auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors, driver-seat memory settings, satellite radio and an upgraded driver info display.
The Premium Plus trim includes the Convenience package plus front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, rear collision preparation, blind-spot monitoring, a 19-speaker premium Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system.
Available package for this trim is the Navigation and Telematics, which adds an 8.3-inch central display screen, a navigation system, a touchpad infotainment controller, a virtual instrument panel inside the gauge cluster and Audi Connect services (Wi-Fi hotspot, 4G LTE connectivity, emergency telematics and among other services).
The 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Prestige includes all of the above, along with noise-reducing front windows, automatic high-beam control, enhanced interior lighting, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, a lane departure warning and intervention system.
Available for the Premium Plus and Prestige trims is the Cold Weather package, which adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Warm Weather adds ventilated front sport seats with passenger lumbar adjustment and manual rear sunshades. Rear-seat side airbags are available as a stand-alone option on any trim level.
The 2018 Audi A4 Allroad is powered by a recently redesigned turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It pairs to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi latest version of Quattro all-wheel drive called Quattro Ultra. The system works by powering the front wheels when possible, with the ability to instantly send power to the rear wheels when extra grip is needed. In addition to Comfort, Dynamic, Auto and Individual driving modes, the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad has an Offroad setting that adjusts the powertrain and disables the Pre Sense systems. For performance, the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad will reach 60 mph from zero in just 5.9 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/27 mpg combined.
In functional and aesthetic, the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad cabin is one of the best in its class, and it is very accommodating for drivers of all sizes. Like other Audi models, the 2018 A4 Allroad cabin is carefully designed and easy to learn. The last year redesign brought an updated MMI controllers that were more accessible, and other controls easy to reach. The steering control has differentiation and good positioning as well.
The 2018 Audi A4 Allroad is well built and feels solid. No creaking or vibrating sound. The well-integrated cabin components give the impression of solidity. The precision of all the knobs and buttons makes them very easy to use. The cabin also offers ample space apart from its “compact” style. There is plenty of room in the front, especially headroom. Rear seat space suitable for tall passengers, although the longer leg may want more leg room. Although Panoramic sunroof standard, the headroom is still enough.
Wagon enthusiasts will be happy with the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad. The cargo space is very handy and easily accessible. Folded the rear seats by pulling the release in the cargo area. There are plenty of places to keep personal belongings in front. Behind the backseat, there is a 24.2 cubic feet cargo space, which increases to 58.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Price and Release Date
The 2018 Audi A4 Allroad is expected to arrive late this summer and will compete against BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon and both the Volvo V60 and XC70. Official 2018 pricing will start at $45,475 with destination, equating to a $4,000 premium over a 2018 A4 Sedan equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive.