Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Audi Allroad

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Audi Allroad

Not a wagon either

It’s not like we didn’t see price gouging options coming. This is a German car after all.

If there is any disappointment with the Allroad, however, it’s that it not only suffers from being less than a crossover, it’s less than a wagon too.

Much of the car-like qualities we hoped would carry over are absent, particularly some sports sedan steering. Instead the variable steering is too loose at low speeds and can firm-up oddly mid-corner. The Audi Drive Select system might solve this… for the price of a Nissan Versa.

It’s not terribly fast either. The ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is peppy at most speeds with 258 lb-ft of torque but with just 211 hp it feels taxed above 50 mph. It’s hard to complain about the resultant fuel economy though with a 26 mpg rating during out drive, despite official numbers being a less-optimistic 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

A unique package that you just want to love with plenty of practicality and style, the compromises make a Q5 seem like a wiser choice for the crossover crowd and make us wish for the return of the properly sporty Avant.

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  • SpecNut

    For the record, the cargo space is 27.6 cu ft with the rear seats up.  Not sure where the 17 came from.

  • Colum Wood

    Right you are. Thanks for the correction. The article has been updated to reflect the change.

  • John Eldon

    I am definitely left wanting the return of Audi’s premium, sporty wagon!!!!!! I am keeping my 2001 Passat wagon, the best car I have ever owned, just as long as I possibly can, because there is almost nothing out there to match it.