While crossovers are the most popular type of car right now, they do have some drawbacks. Because of their size, they typically lack maneuverability and agility. Overall, these vehicles do not provide the most dynamic and supple driving experience. While this is fine in normal weather and road conditions, there will be times when you will notice what the crossover lacks. Swift steering, shifting, and driving up an incline are all things that a typical crossover cannot match. That is where the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro comes into play.
According to Audi, this vehicle combines all of the benefits of a crossover with the features that smaller vehicles lack. Of course, this is a bold claim to make. We’re curious to see if the A4 Allroad Quattro lives up to Audi’s high expectations.
First and foremost, the A4 Allroad Quattro is based on the same platform as the A4 Avant. Both of these vehicles are variations on the standard A4 sedan. The width and wheelbase length are the same as on the Avant. The Allroad Quattro, on the other hand, is slightly longer and taller than the Avant. Because the Allroad requires more suspension than the regular A4 sedan, the wheelbases are significantly longer. So far, Audi’s differentiation in exterior design has been limited.
Audi also did not rule out the possibility of further customization of exterior details. Because the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro is an off-road capable vehicle, the standard off-road cues are present. Consider longer wheelbases, wider fenders, and underbody protection just beneath the front bumper.
The fenders are available in a matte dark grey color tone, but they can also be ordered in the color of the body metal. Despite the fact that this is only possible for four of the fourteen body colors.
Other differences between the A4 sedan and the A4 Avant are the chrome stripes on Audi’s Singleframe grille. These are vertical on the Allroad Quattro and horizontal on the Avant. In addition, the lower bumper has a chrome finish and a slightly different design than the Avant’s.
Furthermore, the headlights are identical to those found on the Avant. The Allroad badge can be found all over the car, and the rear has a nice, modestly sized roof spoiler.
The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro’s utility continues on the inside of the vehicle. To begin, with the rear seats folded, there is 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space. When those are folded down, the cargo space expands to 53.3 cubic feet.
Unfortunately, the increased cargo space is the only significant change to the Allroad’s interior. The seats, center console, steering wheel, instrument cluster, and the majority of the materials are identical to those found in the standard A4.
A seven-inch MMI infotainment screen with a rotary know for operation is standard. Instead of gauges, an 8.3-inch display and a 12.3-inch digital information cluster are available as options with Audi Virtual Cockpit. Rear passengers each receive their own Audi infotainment tablet.
The Allroad comes standard with an eight-speaker sound system. A Bang & Olufsen 19-speaker sound system with 3D sound is available as an option.
The ambient lighting package, which includes 30 different light shades, is also available as an option. Finally, the car includes a 4G LTE connection.
All Wheel Drive is standard on the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro. The use of AWD to distribute power and pressure across the four individual wheels for better traction in slippery road conditions is new on the 2017 model.
Europe receives one gasoline engine option and more than five diesel engine options. Because diesel engines are not widely used in the United States, the country will only receive the gasoline engine.
The gasoline engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct injection that produces 252 horsepower. It has the same engine as the standard A4 sedan, but it has been upgraded and tweaked to produce more power. It has a top speed of 153 miles per hour (246 kph). This engine is only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The diesel engine options are a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 163 or 190 horsepower. Both are only available with an automatic transmission. Then there’s the 3.0 liter six cylinder, which comes in two tuning options. The first generates 218 horsepower, while the second generates a whopping 272. The latter has a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds, which is quite impressive for a non-sports sedan.
Only the European 3.0 liter with 272 hp gets the eight-speed automatic tiptronic transmission.
All Allroad trims come standard with the following tech features: an electrically openable and closeable trunk lid, Keyless go, and MMI Radio Plus. Additionally, Bluetooth Phone Connectivity and Audi Connect emergency call and service are available.
Foot movement trunk operation, HomeLink garage door opener, MMI navigation, and Rear Seat Entertainment are available as options.
Audi Pre Sense City is a standard safety feature. This feature recognizes vehicles and pedestrians at speeds of up to 52 mph (83 kph). It also detects potential collisions and alerts the driver with sound, audio, and a braking impulse. If necessary, the feature applies partial or total braking to avoid a collision. There’s also cruise control and rear park assist.
A rearview camera, City Assistance package, Parking Assistance Package, and Tour Assistance Package are all available as options. Aside from these packages, some features, such as active lane assist, Audi side assist with pre sense rear, parking help Plus, traffic sign recognition, and Hill Start Launch, are available individually.
Price and sale date
The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro is now on the market in Europe. In Germany, prices begin at €44,750. The 272 hp diesel engine is priced at €54,400.
In the United States, the Allroad Quattro will be available in dealerships in October. The Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels are available to Americans. Premium begins at $44,000, Premium Plus begins at $47,000, and Prestige begins at $51,400.