Plowing through Cotton Wood Road, which cuts through the badlands of Wyoming’s Teton National Forest, an empty tundra of undulating earth welcomes you. It looks like a scene from a spaghetti western, a lone dirt road, dusted with snow cutting through rolling tides of scrub brush. On it, your 2017 Audi A4 allroad zips without hindrance, rumbling with ease and very little discomfort over dirt holes and gullies that would cripple a Civic.
As for traction, the A4 Allroad does slide a few times when we hit muddier patches and deeper snow, losing grip and then quickly re-grasping the road. But those moments are brief, rare, and a lot of fun. This is Audi allroad territory, the perfect place to understand the true utility of this off-road-capable wagon. And with those familiar four rings on the grille, the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad is loaded with luxury appointments, next-level tech, considerate accommodations, and all the requisite safety suites.