Mar 23, 2015
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $48,875; 220-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, 8-speed Tiptronic, Technology package, Allroad Premium Plus package
Likes

A nice, get-around-town wagon with ample space to handle daily chores. Sporty looks and decent performance from its 220-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Good handling, but with mild torque-steer off the line under brisk acceleration. Numerous safety features look great when compared to Audi’s competition in the segment.

Dislikes

There’s an over-abundance of dash controls, switches and stalks off the column — and I actually like a lot of gadgets. With so many buttons and knobs, finding a place to rest my right hand on the console without it landing on something was tough to do, and the shifter was just too tall for a comfortable resting spot as well. Also, I’d prefer the upshift/downshift directions reversed — I instictively moved it the wrong way each time I attempted to up or downshift. 

Verdict

Inclement weather is where this vehicle should shine. Unfortunately I didn’t get to experience it at its full all-wheel-drive potential. It wins style points and the driving position was more comfortable than a few other Audi models that I’ve driven. Given the decent rear cargo storage, good performance, nice features and its all-weather traction capabilities, it’s worth a look — especially if you’re shopping for something more upmarket than a Subaru.

Fun to Drive
1.3 rating
Fun to Look at
1.3 rating
Overall Experience
1.3 rating
Stats
Horsepower 220 hp
Torque 258 lb-ft
EPA Mileage 21/28

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