The list of toys could occupy the rest of the test, but in short, the new car has the latest electronic architecture buttressed by the (optional) virtual driver instrument binnacle from the TT model, which has on-line Google Maps powering the sat nav, acting as a background to the digital representations of analogue instruments. The display is duplicated on the central tablet and in places controls are quadrupled with steering-wheel controls, the MMI capstan, touchscreen and voice control.
New features such as the Predictive Efficiency Assistance helps to save fuel by using satellite navigation data to anticipate hills, speed limits, curves and junctions. Other features such as optional Active Lane Assist help the driver stay in the marked traffic lane, which with cruise control, pilots the car along a road and the new Stop&Go adaptive cruise control combined with Traffic Jam assist, will drive and steer the A4 in traffic at speeds up to 40mph. These systems use a raft of camera, ultrasonic and radar-based safety sensors, which also provide pre-sense city braking, which scans and brakes for vehicles and pedestrians at speeds up to 53mph, plus cross-traffic alert and attention-assist systems. The Allroad also gets a trailer assistant, which helps towing learners by showing the trailer swing on the centre screen when reversing.
Three engines are offered at launch this month. Priced from £37,275, the petrol is a 249bhp/273lb ft, 2.0-litre turbo delivering a top speed of 153mph, 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds, 44.1mpg in the Combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 147g/km. Or, from £37,410, there is Audi's creamy three-litre V6 turbodiesel, which in top-power form delivers 268bhp/442lb ft, 143mph, 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds, 55.4mpg and 137g/km. By far the most popular model, however, will be the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel, which in top form priced from £35,560 delivers 187bhp/295lb ft, 137mph, 7.8 seconds, 57.6mpg and 128g/km on the smallest 17-inch wheel option.