Audi A4 allroad quattro (2016-present)

Combine an off-roader with an estate car and you get the Audi A4 allroad: the 4x4 that doesn't look like one

Strengths & Weaknesses


More economical than an SUV
Comfortable ride
Will cope with the most common off-road conditions


Not as capable off-road as a proper SUV
Poorly equipped for the price
Feels less agile than a standard estate car
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Audi A4 Diesel Allroad Estate 3.0 tdi 272 quattro sport 5dr tip tronic [tech pk]

Total RRP £45,795

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Most off-road vehicles are tall, boxy and heavy. But if you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, Audi’s allroad cars offer four-wheel drive and ruggedness with the design of a standard estate car. This makes them crossovers - combining parts from cars and off-roaders.

The Audi A4 allroad is the family-size model, roughly similar to estate versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Ford Mondeo or VW Passat.

As long as you’re not planning a jungle expedition, then you're unlikely to find the A4 allroad and its advanced four-wheel drive system lacking. It will help get you going and stay moving on snow or muddy fields.

The A4 allroad is 34mm higher off the ground than the car that it’s based on - the standard Audi A4 Avant (Audi’s name for its estate cars). The extra height makes it less likely to get scraped on dirt tracks or over large potholes. Some parts of the chunky exterior also protect the underneath from protruding rocks and flying stones.

Making the car taller also helps it to absorb bumps more effectively, so it’s extremely comfortable on all types of road. The diesel engines (and petrol option) are quiet too, making it an excellent car for smooth, long journeys. However, the extra height does mean that it leans a little more in corners. On rare occasions, it can become unsettled on undulating roads and bob up and down for a few seconds like a fishing boat in a storm. You can pay extra for “allroad suspension” that helps avoid this.

Even so, the A4 allroad is still more economical, stable and leans less in corners than tall off-road sport utility vehicles (SUVs), such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. The compromise is that you don’t get their popular high driving position, which lets you look over smaller vehicles. Neither do you get the extra interior space of a taller car.

There’s space in the back of the A4 allroad for two tall adults or three average-size ones to fit comfortably, and the boot is larger than you’ll find in the VW Passat Alltrack, as well as the BMW 3 Series Touring xDrive range. The bootlid is motorised as standard.

The A4 allroad also has Audi’s latest interior design, which is built to the standard of high-end Danish furniture and designed in a simple, easy-to-use way, Quality plastics, aluminium trim and a bright, clear screen give the dashboard a premium feel, but unfortunately it’s let down by standard equipment levels.

Unlike the larger Audi A6 allroad, which comes with a gadget-packed luxurious leather interior as standard, the basic A4 allroad has cloth seats that you adjust manually. You’ll need to pay extra for folding mirrors, heated seats, keyless entry and safety equipment such as rear side airbags.

It’s a similar story for some of the car’s more eye-catching technology, such as the digital instrument display that can show you a giant sat-nav map alongside the speedometer, and the useful touchpad, which allows you to quickly trace the letters you enter into your sat-nav.

Considering the official price starts at more than £36,000 - before any Audi A4 allroad discounts - it’s a meagre specification. You could have a seven-seat Land Rover Discovery Sport for the same price or an A6 allroad for £10,000 more,

There are also an increasing number of cheaper alternatives to the A4 allroad available, including the Passat Alltrack and 3 Series xDrive cars, as well as the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

If you do choose an A4 allroad, you’re likely to be in a small club: most buyers are expected to opt for an SUV or standard estate car. But if you want an off-road car that doesn’t feel too compromised on tarmac, then the Audi could be ideal.

Last Updated 

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 14:15

Key facts 

36 months / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
505 litres
From D (£110 per year) to F (£145)

Best Audi A4 Allroad for... 

Audi A4 allroad 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic
The smallest diesel engine has an official fuel consumption of 57.6mpg. Our testing suggests 45mpg is more realistic.
Audi A4 allroad Sport 3.0 V6 TDI 218PS quattro S tronic
Audi’s larger diesel engines are even smoother and quieter than the smaller motor. For only slightly worse fuel economy and a little more money, your journey can be even more relaxing. Sport trim adds sat-nav.
Audi A4 allroad 3.0 TDI 272PS quattro tiptronic
With a 0-62mph acceleration time of 5.5sec, this A4 allroad can match many sports cars, while still returning reasonable fuel economy (over 30mpg in real-world driving).

Audi A4 Allroad History 

  • Spring 2016 Audi A4 allroad quattro goes on sale

Understanding Audi A4 Allroad car names 

  • A4 Allroad
  • Trim
  • Engine
    3.0 TDI 272PS
  • Gearbox
  • Trim
    The level of standard equipment depends on the trim level. The A4 allroad has two: the basic car that’s just called allroad quattro and the allroad quattro Sport.
  • Engine
    The engine size is shown in litres (here it’s 3). Diesel engines are badged TDI, while petrol versions have a TFSI label. The engine’s power is shown in horsepower, which is commonly written as PS.
  • Gearbox
    The A4 allroad only comes with an automatic gearbox. Lesser-powered cars have seven-speed gearboxes called S Tronic. The most powerful car has a different gearbox to handle the extra forces. This one is badged Tiptronic.

Audi A4 Allroad Engines 

Petrol 2.0 TFSI Diesel 2.0 TDI, 3.0 V6 TDI 218PS, 3.0 V6 TDI 272PS

The most popular engine in the A4 allroad lineup is likely to be the cheapest: the 2-litre TDI is the smallest diesel engine, but has enough power - at 190 horsepower (hp) - to whisk the car along briskly. You do have to push the accelerator hard for a burst of speed, when you’re joining the motorway for example, which makes the engine rev harshly - but most of the time, there’s enough performance to make quiet progress. Forget the official fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg: you’ll get around 45mpg from a motorway run.

Opt for the 3-litre diesel engine for more of a performance feel. It’s a V6 engine, which refers to its layout (6 cylinders arranged in two rows of three, which meet in a v-formation), and is extremely quiet and smooth. The 218hp version (Audi usually writes it as 218PS) is significantly faster than the least powerful diesel - accelerating from 0-62mph in 6.6sec, which is over a second faster). Fuel economy isn’t much worse, though.

The quickest A4 allroad is powered by the 272hp V6 diesel engine. This cuts the acceleration time to 5.5sec, and feels extremely fast because you don’t need to rev the engine hard to get a burst of performance. it even sounds sporty.

Few buyers will choose the petrol option. It’s a powerful 252hp engine and comes with a more advanced version of the four-wheel drive system, which can cut power to the rear wheels when it’s not needed, which helps to boost fuel economy. It’s still going to be a thirsty car, though. Officially, it will return 44.1mpg, but you’re unlikely to see much more than 30mpg in the real world.

A4 allroad diesel models are due to get the more advanced four-wheel drive later in the year, and should then offer improved fuel economy.


Fuel economy


Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

2.0 TFSI






2.0 TDI






3.0 TDI






3.0 TDI






Audi A4 Allroad Trims 

A4 allroad quattro, A4 allroad quattro Sport

Choosing the trim level of your car is simple: there’s the cheapest A4 allroad quattro, and the more expensive A4 allroad quattro Sport, which comes with more equipment as standard.

Whichever one you go for will come with 17in alloy wheels, a motorised bootlid, front and rear parking sensors, and an automatic emergency braking system.

Inside, the dashboard has a 7in screen and there’s three zone climate control, so the two front passengers can select a different temperature for each side of the car, while anyone in the back can opt for a third setting.

Much of the equipment that you’d expect is standard, including an effective voice control system, Bluetooth for wireless phone connectivity, cruise control, digital radio and Isofix to safely fix child seats.

However, there are also some features that are surprisingly absent on a car this costly. Sat-nav and leather seats come with the Sport trim level, which costs around £3,000 more - based on official prices - and also includes a better sound system, brighter LED headlights and 18in alloy wheels

But you’ll have to fork out even more if you want those seats heated. Folding mirrors are extra, as is keyless entry, which includes the ability to open the boot by poking your toe under the bumper (as long as the key is nearby).

You’ll also be tempted by the options list, which has some genuinely useful - but awfully expensive choices.

The £2,000 Technology Pack adds a bigger dashboard screen, controlled by a dial that contains a touchpad. You can use this to trace letters - to enter a postcode, for example. It’s a quick and effective system. The pack also comes with Audi’s so-called virtual cockpit. It’s a screen behind the steering wheel that displays a digital speedometer and can be programmed to display a big sat-nav map for easy navigating. More buttons on the steering wheel and a subscription to Audi’s online services - including in-car access to Google and Twitter are included too.

Alternatively, you can opt for the vision pack, which includes the virtual cockpit, as well as a head-up display and headlights that automatically switch between low and high beam to avoid blinding other drivers.

Recommended options include a rail system for the boot, which secures a net that keeps luggage secured and the 360 degree camera that gives full visibility around the car and really helps to park straight in a bay.

Audi A4 Allroad Reliability and warranty 

Despite its image of solid German engineering, many Audis disappoint their owners. The company was ranked 23rd out of 32 manufacturers for reliability in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction survey

The A4 allroad is backed by Audi’s standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is comparable with its premium German rivals, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Used Audi A4 Allroad 

The A4 allroad has just gone on sale, but you can already pick up some examples that have been used as demonstrators, with discounts approaching £5,000 off the list price.

Prices are unlikely to plummet, as Audi A4 cars generally hold their value well. Even the previous-generation A4 allroad - which is looking dated, still sells for high prices.

This will help reduce the cost of owning or financing a nearly-new model but is less good news if you’re waiting for a bargain.

Even Audi expects that the A4 allroad will sell in low volumes, so there is unlikely to ever be a wide range of models to choose from.

Audi A4 Allroad Prices

2.0 tdi quattro 5dr s tronic [leather]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,101

You could save up to: £5269

2.0t fsi quattro 5dr s tronic [leather]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,688

You could save up to: £5542

3.0 tdi quattro 5dr s tronic [leather]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,603

You could save up to: £5527

Audi A4 Allroad Sport

2.0 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,266

You could save up to: £5644

2.0 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,452

You could save up to: £5853

2.0t fsi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,113

You could save up to: £5917

2.0t fsi quattro sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 41.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,299

You could save up to: £6126

3.0 tdi 272 quattro sport 5dr tip tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,233

You could save up to: £6167

3.0 tdi 272 quattro sport 5dr tip tronic [tech pk]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £39,419

You could save up to: £6376

3.0 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,728

You could save up to: £5902

3.0 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,914

You could save up to: £6111