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2014 Audi A4 allroad Preview

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Pros: A wagon body style with increased ground clearance for superior versatility and capability, sleek yet robust looks, a highly refined interior, as well as a great engine/transmission combo are highlights of the 2014 Audi A4 allroad.

Cons: At higher speeds, the variable electric power steering’s assistance feels uneven at times. What's more, some reviewers argue the A4 allroad is short on content for the price. The expensive options don't help.

2014 Audi A4 allroad Price: The lineup includes three trim levels -- Komfort, Progressiv, and Technik. They retail for $46,500, $50,500, and $52,700, respectively.

2014 Audi A4 allroad Fuel Economy: Expect to burn 10.4L/100km in the city and 7.4L/100km on the highway.

Audi A4 Allroad
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Improvements and Changes: For 2014, the Audi A4 allroad offers a number of additional standard features, as well as enhanced package content. Audi xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, 18" wheels, light & rain sensors, and a power tailgate are just some of the new extras adding style and function to the already progressive A4 allroad.

The new Audi load-securing rail system provides many different possibilities for transporting your items safely, while the TFSI engine gets a 9-horsepower bump.

Powertrain: Under the hood of the 2014 Audi A4 allroad is a 2.0L, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine that produces 220 horsepower, plus 258 lb-ft of torque at just 1,500 rpm. It's mated exclusively to an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission (the A4 sedan also offers a multitronic CVT and a 6-speed manual). The key element, of course, is the brand's legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system. Using a self-locking centre differential, it has a typical torque split of 40/60 front to rear; however, this ratio changes when necessary for optimized traction.

The 2014 Audi A4 allroad sprints from 0-100 km/h in 6.6 seconds.

Cargo Capacity: The trunk is well finished and capacious enough (782 litres), although not quite as much as a Volvo XC70.

Safety: Six standard airbags keep 2014 Audi A4 allroad occupants protected from the front and sides, while stability control helps secure the trajectory at all times. In the event of a collision, intelligent sensors automatically unlock the doors, switch on interior and hazard lights, and cut off fuel flow to the engine. Audi side assist (blind spot monitoring) and a parking system with rearview camera are optional.

Comparing the 2014 Audi A4 allroad: There are few wagons available on the Canadian market, let alone in the luxury segment. The aforementioned XC70 proves to be the biggest rival of the A4 allroad, but you should also check out the Volvo V60, BMW 3 Series Touring, and Subaru Outback.