The current generation A4 isn’t exactly lacking in the looks department. That upright grille has gradually evolved into an elegant hexagon, with the line of the multi-faceted headlights tracing into the upper limits of that chrome-furnished grille. Backwards from there and it’s very much as you would expect from an Audi estate, a tapered roof leading into a less-upright than its rivals rear. For the Allroad, the aforementioned stainless steel arrives to protect front and rear, with the A4’s traditional twin tailpipes slotting into the rear protection nicely (no fake built-in exhausts here).
The addition of stainless steel adds an extra touch of class but is tempered by the remaining amount of rubber (wheel arches, rear lower bumper, a small bit in the front bumper) which are supposed to remind you of the rugged nature of the Allroad, but in reality look slightly out of place. Inside is Audi’s all-singing all-dancing interior, including the now range-spanning multimedia dash. We know the score with this now, Audi has scooped all the infotainment from the centre console and stuck it in front of the driver to allow maximum control. The A4 still retains a residual screen between driver and passenger, and a much-slimmed down version of the MMI rotary controls, but the driver will barely need to look away from their dash.