The Audi A4 Avant is dead. Long live the Audi A4 allroad. Yes, that lowercase “a” is how Audi likes to express its chunky wagon/crossover sub-brand. The allroad can’t drive over every rough surface, but it doesn’t stop at syntax. A bit of plastic cladding, permanent all-wheel drive, some stainless steel skidplates and a ride height raised by 1.5 inches bring out the company’s more reckless side it seems. This is the first time an allroad badge has been on a U.S.-spec Audi since 2005, when it appeared on the rump of a specially prepared A6 Avant/wagon (there are no plans to bring over a current A6 allroad). This new A4 version, coming for the 2013 model year, is about as handsome as anything with a tailgate has ever been, and runs around with 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four. The transmission is an eight-speed Tiptronic auto, splitting power 40:60 front to rear. As well as 50 cubic feet of cargo space, the A4 allroad packs plenty of Internet-connected tech and up-to-the-minute safety features. It just goes to show that Americans will buy wagons as long as they don’t look too much like wagons.
Does it drive as good as it looks? Yes it does! #superstreet #drivingisbelieving #bmwi8 #azusacanyon