Mar 18, 2013
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $44,270; 2.0-liter turbocharged with intercooler, DOHC in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine with FSI® direct injection, variable valve timing and Audi valvelift system

Peppy engine, high-quality interior feel. Comes with Xenon headlights, LED driving lights, and auto-dimming rear and side view mirrors—auto-folding when parked—with incorporated LED indicators. I enjoyed the panorama sunroof which includes a power sunshade as well. Vehicle size is right for ease of parking and scooting around town and has ample room for the typical driver. Useful amount of interior space, go-anywhere stance with Quattro all-wheel drive.


At $44k, this was priced a bit steep for me considering what you get, or don’t get. Our test vehicle didn’t have Nav or a reverse camera, which have come to be standard equipment for most vehicles in this price point. At low speeds, the automatic shift point from 1st to 2nd was a bit harsh, and the brakes are too sensitive at speeds below 20 mph. I also had a hard time getting comfortable in the seat – the seatbottom needs to be about two inches longer. There is no adjustment.


Good looks packaged in a sporty wagon, with both ample power and decent fuel mileage. This wagon drove well, felt solid and would make a great daily-driver for most people. But it’s expensive, and as an overall package, it’s outclassed by a number of cheaper and better-equipped alternatives. This isn’t the kind of car that will bring new buyers to Audi – but it will keep the die-hard fans happy.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.5 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Horsepower 211 @ 4,300 rpm
Torque 258 @ 1,500 rpm
EPA Mileage 20/27

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