Audi’s hydrogen future may be just that – in the future – but another of the company’s debuts at the Detroit Motor Show this week is a lot nearer: the Allroad version of the all-new A4. It will be arriving in UK showrooms soon.
The latest go-anywhere Avant quattro is petrol or diesel only but its environmental credentials are enhanced over its predecessor in one way: it is up to 90kg lighter.
First introduced in 2009, the A4 Allroad sticks with a proven recipe of toughened-up looks (new bumpers, flared arches, silver-finish underbody guard and rear diffuser), bigger wheels, higher body (there’s 34mm extra ground clearance), and an off-road driving mode. New optional ingredients include adaptive suspension and an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.
With its typically clean cut Audi style inside and out along with lots of user-friendly technology – LED matrix lights are an option for instance – the Allroad is very much an A4 Avant under the tougher new look. Neat standard gadgets include a power luggage compartment cover and electric tailgate, with the option of opening and closing it with a swipe of the foot. There’s 500 litres of boot space or 1,500 with the rear seats down.
There’s a big range of models of course. Our choice? We’d go for the 3.0 TDI with 272bhp and a hefty 442 lb ft of torque, which comes as standard with the eight-speed Tiptronic. A handy little go-(almost) anywhere package like this with 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and a combined economy figure of 53mpg has a certain appeal…