The Audi A4 Allroad has all the benefits of an A4 Avant, with none of the drawbacks of a full SUV. It makes a pretty convincing case for itself.
What is it?
The Audi A4 Allroad quattro 2.0 TFSI is the only petrol-powered version of Audi’s super-niche A4 Allroad estate. Audi asks a lot of this engine, spreading it from the A3 up to the A6, and with good reason: it’s a superbly flexible motor.
What’s it like?
Not surprisingly, the Audi A4 Allroad quattro 2.0 TFSI is a lot like the A4 Avant that carries the same engine, except that the Allroad’s ride quality is so much better you wonder if it was done by the same people.
The TFSI has long displayed a character more reminiscent of a diesel (fat, flat torque curve, mid-range strength fading in the top end) than a petrol engine. It’s also lighter than the diesel engines, which helps the handling and balance of the A4 Allroad.
In country that doesn’t demand masses of ground clearance or longer wheel travel than the Audi A4 Allroad quattro 2.0 TFSI’s extra 26mm can deliver, it’s actually quite competent off-road too, thanks to some clever ESP and differential technology.
The seven-speed double-clutch gearbox seems even more at home with the broader rev range of the petrol engine than it does in the TDI (where seven speeds feel like one more than it needs). The crisper shifting in Sport mode also brings big blips on downshifts and charming ‘braaaps’ on each upshift.
While its best work delivers 258lb ft of torque, the Audi A4 Allroad quattro 2.0 TFSI only musters its 208bhp at higher revs and, when it’s pushed, its fuel economy quickly drops away.
Should I buy one?
Only if you’re in the market for an A4 Allroad, but can’t stand the prospect of a diesel engine. The A4 Allroad 2/0 TFSI is more nimble, for sure, than its diesel siblings, but the best all-rounder of the Allroads is definitely the 2.0-litre TDI.