New for 2016

For 2016, Audi Connect and keyless entry/ignition are now available on the base allroad Premium trim. Additional changes include the addition of a Bang & Olufsen sound system to the Premium Plus trim’s Technology package. The Prestige trim is no longer available.

Crossover to the allroad

While the crossover SUV has replaced the wagon as America’s go-to family hauler, there are many drivers out there that simply don’t want a high-riding SUV. Meeting the demand for a capable, more car-like alternative is the 2016 Audi allroad. It’s a smartly designed wagon that provides plenty of space for family and cargo, while delivering the sure-footed confidence that only quattro® all-wheel drive can.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2016 Audi allroad models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Power output is impressive, with this particular mill generating 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The allroad is only available with an eight-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.

Because it’s based on the A4 sedan, the allroad feels capable and confident in a wide variety of situations. On the pavement, the allroad’s steering feels laser-sharp and dialed in. Meanwhile, its 7.1 inches of ground clearance and world-famous quattro® AWD enable it to tackle fresh snow or muddy dirt roads with minimal effort.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the allroad is no slouch, earning an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway).

Features and Trims

The 2016 Audi allroad starts at $42,700 and is available in Premium and Premium Plus trim levels.

Standard features for the base-level Premium model include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, LED running lights and taillights, and automatic xenon headlights for your convenience. The Premium trim also comes equipped with automatic wipers, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, and leather upholstery.

On the tech front, the allroad piles on the goods and comes with Audi’s MMI infotainment system. The allroad also lets you pair your smartphone via Bluetooth® and stream calls and music right from your handset. Those calls will come out crystal clear, too, thanks to a 10-speaker audio system—complete with CD player, satellite radio, and Audi’s digital music interface.

Premium Plus models add even more features for you to enjoy, such as auto-dimming and power-folding outside mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats with driver memory settings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass.

Customizing your allroad even further is as simple as selecting from a number of available packages. Premium models can add an optional MMI Navigation Package, which includes Audi Connect services (including mobile Wi-Fi), a color trip monitor, navigation system, voice controls, and much more.

Meanwhile, Premium Plus models get special access to a Technology package, which bundles the contents of the MMI Navigation Plus package with additional safety features that include a blind-spot monitoring system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Also exclusive to the Premium Plus trim is the available Sport package that includes front sport seats, a black cloth headliner, a sport steering wheel with shift paddles and Audi's Drive Select system, which provides adjustable steering, gas pedal and transmission calibrations.

Design

A raised ride height and a wagon rear can’t mask the allroad’s A4-derived DNA. But you won’t really want it to anyway. The 2016 allroad is a sleek and smartly styled wagon. It’s so aesthetically pleasing that even the most hardcore wagon critics will find it difficult to look away. Like other Audi models (and its A4 cousin) the allroad’s aesthetic strength lies in its clean lines and simple design.

Step inside and the theme is much the same. The allroad’s interior is simple but never dull. Complementing the steering wheel’s three-spoke design is standard leather upholstery that feels as good as it looks.

The center console features an intuitive mix of buttons and dials. Above the center stack sits the vehicle’s MMI system that is controlled most elegantly by an array of buttons and a rotating knob. The standard configuration places these addition buttons on the dash, while opting for the optional navigation system places the buttons and knob on the console between the front seats.

The allroad’s cargo space is another high point in what seems to be a never ending list of charms. There is a total of 27.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 50.5 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded flat.

Safety

We know the allroad has style and smarts, but what about safety features? Every 2016 Audi Allroad model includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Rear-seat side airbags are optional on both trim levels.

As previously mentioned, the Premium Plus gets exclusive access to a blind-spot warning system, which comes bundled with a rearview camera and parking sensors as part of the Technology package.

Bottom Line

If you dislike the look and feel of most luxury SUVs, but long for the interior space and confidence they provide, then look no further than the 2016 Audi allroad.

For more information, or to schedule a test drive, contact or visit us at DCH Audi Oxnard.

*EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary depending on driving habits and conditions.

**Prices listed are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the vehicle and options you chose. These prices do not include transportation, taxes, title, other options, dealer installation costs or other dealer charges.

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