Inhabiting the space between Audi’s luxurious, capable sedans and its roomy, all-weather-ready SUVs and crossovers is the 2018 A4 Allroad. It’s the only wagon Audi offers in its extensive and varied U.S. model lineup. Once common on U.S. roads and routinely pressed into Little League or soccer practice duty, wagons were largely replaced on shopping lists by minivans in the '80s and '90s, and then SUVs and crossovers in this century.
The Allroad’s unique position is to offer a mostly carlike driving experience while delivering SUV styling cues courtesy of its 1.3-inch raised ride height; taller, vertically slatted chrome grille; beefy wheel arches; and protective cladding at the lower edge of the front and rear fascias. Sizewise, the Allroad stretches 3.4 inches longer than the $3,000 less-expensive Q5 SUV, but is more than a foot shorter than the $5,400 pricier Q7. The A4 Allroad compares to similarly lifted luxury wagons such as the comparably priced Volvo V60 Cross Country, and the more mainstream-priced Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and Subaru Outback. Including $975 destination, the Allroad's base prices start at $45,475 for the well-equipped “base” Premium and span to $53,975 for the range-topping Prestige.