DALLAS, November 25, 2013 — Kudos to the 2014 Audi Allroad with an above average appeal to a mix of markets offering styling inside and out. What is defined as an upscale wagon, this Allroad will give you a minimal amount of off road capability and handling, but it is more than impressive when it comes to the new features that include a stronger engine than in years past and standard Bluetooth and iPod interface.
Competition for the Audi Allroad is the BMW xDrive 328i or Volvo XC70 in the world of high-end station wagons.
The 2014 Audi Allroad is a five-passenger wagon that comes in three trims; Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
On the Premium trim you get 18-inch wheels, sunroof; automatic headlights; leather upholstery; automatic climate control; split-folding rear seats; eight-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar); a dash-mounted Multi Media Interface and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
On this trim as well you can opt for a Lighting package with bi-xenon headlights and LED running lights.
If you opt for the Premium Plus trim level you get everything that comes standard on the Premium trim as well as the Lighting package goodies and add to that heated exterior mirrors, power liftgate, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, driver memory functions, three-zone automatic climate control and auto-dimming mirrors. There is also a MMI Navigation package that can be included with a navigation system, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, voice controls, color trip computer screen and Audi Connect. The MMI controls are also moved from the dash to center and there is a blind-spot warning system that is optional.
For the Prestige trim level you get all the Premium trim features as well as the MMI Navigation package and add to that adaptive headlights, blind-spot warning system, manual sunshades for the rear doors and a 14-speaker sound system.
On the Driver Assist package, which is available on the Prestige trim there is also adaptive cruise control and adjustable settings for the steering and transmission. There is also a Sport Interior package that can be had on the Prestige and Premium Plus with sport front seats and a three-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles. Also an option on the Prestige and Premium Plus trim level are 19-inch wheels.
Under the hood the 2014 Audi Allroad has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. You also get an eight-speed automatic transmission that comes with a manual shift and all-wheel drive is standard.
For safety, the Audi Allroad offers antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side and side curtain airbags. As an optional package there is also the rear seat side airbags for any of the trim levels and on the Prestige you automatically get the blind-spot warning system as well. Other options, depending on package choices, also include safety features like a rearview camera and parking sensors for the Premium Plus or, on the Prestige, these features are already standard.
The interior of the 2014 Audi Allroad is one of the best in its class since its design on the inside is not only modern, but the Audi also touts high quality material and leather sending a message of all around sophistication.
For audio, the MMI takes the lead with the buttons and knobs well placed and the entire system easy to use. For the trims without MMI standard, audio controls are located on the dash in a less convenient, but still easy to use series of controls.
For space inside the Audi Allroad expect 17-cubic feet behind the second-row and when the seats are completely removed you get 51-cubic feet.
Driving the 2014 Audi Allroad offers an easy ride and drive and there is ample power to take the road in a pinch, quickly and easily. It handles well and with a defined steering, for off roading or inclement weather you could do worse than find your next adventure in this Audi option.
Should You Need to Know: The 2014 Audi Allroad is tough and classy at the same time offering luxury and off road capabilities in one convenient package.
Miles Per Gallon: I drove the 2014 Audi Allroad Quattro Tiptronic with 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The 2014 Audi Allroad came in with a price tag of $47,745 with $2,600 being added as well as a navigation system price tag after an initial base price of $40,700.
Rita Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press www.historypress.net is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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