The Audi Exchange up in Highland Park managed to get their hands on a couple 2013 Audi Allroads for 2 days. And they kindly offered me the chance to swing by and check it out. Which, of course, I did.
This all-new model, though it may look like an A4 wagon, won't have any A4 badging on it when it hits Stateside in June. Seats might also be a little different, and the US Allroad will come with an 8-speed automatic transmission rather than the 7-speed in this Euro spec model they have on hand for tests.
While, 1 hour isn't enough time to make a full review, I can tell you this is one smooth operator. Shifting between Sport and Comfort modes, I could definitely tell the difference. I preferred sport mode on the highway, and comfort on the pockmarked Chicagoland streets. The cargo area has a volume of 27.6 cubic-feet with the rear seat up (plenty of room for 14 Ciminillos), and 50.5 cubic-feet with the rear seat down (a whopping 32 Ciminillos).
Allroad will come equipped with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 211 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. That's plenty of pep in my book. Especially when you have the ability to control shifts via manual mode and paddle shifters.
Pricing hasn't been released just yet, but expect it to start someplace in the low $40Ks.
Interested? Luckily, you have 24 more hours if you want to check out this vehicle as well. Simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, check out some of the photos I took today ...