First Drive: 2017 Audi A4 Allroad

– Jackson, Wyoming

When the new Audi Q5 – which just recently made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show – gets to dealerships, it will most likely outsell the 2017 A4 Allroad by 14 to 1. Hell, even if the Allroad blows the doors off its sales projections, the Q5 is still likely to beat it 10 to 1. That’s a strong statement on the part of the buying public.

I’ve been writing about and reviewing new cars for more than a decade, and I still can’t quite grasp why that is. The wagon variant of the new A4 is good looking inside and out, it carries all of the cachet that the white-hot Audi brand brings to every segment these days, and it’s every bit as practical as a compact crossover, if not more so. But the slightly raised seating position and blander form factor of the Q5 somehow make it a best-seller, while the Allroad is relegated to excellence in niche form.

But excellence, nevertheless. By now you may have seen, driven, or at least read about the all-new A4 sedan. If so, you’ll probably have the sense that it’s a ball-out-of-park effort for Audi, with potential to be the best car in the compact executive segment. The A4 Allroad, as you’d expect, builds on that strong foundation by adding a tremendous amount of utility.

2017 Audi A4 Allroad: First Drive
2017 Audi A4 Allroad: First Drive

 

The new Allroad wagon is, to my eyes at least, one of the finest shapes Audi designers have penned in quite some time.

The new Allroad wagon is, to my eyes at least, one of the finest shapes Audi designers have penned in quite some time. Where the se...