What is it?
Take one Audi A4 Avant, add lashings of black plastic cladding, an imposing grille, a pair of faux skid plates and put it on inch-and-a-half stilts. What do you get? the A4 Allroad, of course. Although it may not sound like the most appetising recipe for those interested in driving, there’s plenty of the population that will – and have – opted for one of these from Audi’s menu.
Compared with the previous generation, the new Allroad is up to 90kg lighter, 13% greener and 12% more powerful, depending on engine choice. Naturally, the 2.0 TDI is destined to be the big seller here, with two versions available. From launch, you can only have the 187bhp engine, although the familiar 148bhp variant is on the horizon.
There’s also a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol, which will account for few sales over here, and a pair of V6 diesels. These produce either 215bhp, or 268bhp in the range-topping model that we’re looking at here.