Allroad re-enters American pavement

2012-11-11T00:00:00Z Allroad re-enters American pavementJim Jackson Times Auto Writer nwitimes.com
November 11, 2012 12:00 am  • 

After a seven-year hiatus, Audi Allroad returns to the U.S. market as a 2013 model.

The 2013 Audi Allroad is one of the original “crossover” vehicles that combine the roomy versatility of a station wagon mated to the capability of a sport-utility vehicle.

Allroad’s on- and off-pavement conquests are aided by a standard full-time all-wheel drive Quattro system that doles out road-gripping wheel torque with a 40/60-split front to back.

Add seven inches of ground clearance, stainless steel skid plates along with an off-road driving mode and the Audi Allroad becomes a capable winter player with Snow Belt dwellers.

Audi Allroad spools 221 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport and manual tiptronic shift function. Allroad’s towing capacity musters 1,500 pounds.

The turbo’s low-end thrust carries the 3,891-pound wagon briskly away from a dead stop. Once engaged, speed rises fast with even distribution of power across the eight gear management system.

Unladen, Allroad’s mileage reaches 20 miles per gallon in town and 27-mpg on the highway for easy cruising cross-town or cross-country.

Standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats create flexible cargo capacity from 27.6 to 50.5 cubic feet. An available power lift gate makes it easy to access the rear hold.

Liftover height to the cargo bay is comfortably low. When unoccupied, the three passenger rear seat folds forward to provide a flat load surface.

Allroad is agile and drives more like a sport sedan than a sport utility.

Available Drive Select offers choice of four driving modes to adjust Allroad's suspension, shift points, steering assist and throttle response.

Electro-mechanical power steering offers excellent road communication through the wheel.

Interior appointments are everything Audi, with handsome trappings that include leather seats, brushed aluminum accents or choice of walnut, ash or oak wood trim. A panorama sunroof with power sunshade is standard.

The base sound system with 180-watts and 10-speakers can be upgraded to a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system that features 14-speaker Dolby 5.1 digital surround sound for $850.

Audi Allroad comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige models. Each showcases different content and trim to suit a buyer’s taste.

Highlights include Xenon adaptive headlamps, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and LED daytime running lights.

The newly enhanced Audi Connect system allow cars equipped with navigation to benefit from Google Earth maps, real-time traffic and weather as well as current fuel prices shown on a crisp seven-inch liquid crystal display.

Allroad doubles as a Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to eight devices. A number of control functions are channeled through a central dial and button interface for easy accessibility.

Price for the 2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T Quattro starts at $39,600. Add $895 for freight.

 

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