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Driver Down!

An excursion across Vancouver Island gets dangerous, but not in the way you’d think

Author Jacqueline Detwiler


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2013 Audi Allroad

The bells and whistles


Starting price: $39,600

Perks: It’s spectacularly difficult to get lost with Audi Connect’s mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and Google Earth navigation system, but if you do, you can use the voice search feature to search for information about weather or local destinations. Failing that, you can always sit back in the eight-way power seats, open the sunroof, listen to the 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System and wait for AAA.

Drivetrain: A 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine and fuel-efficient eight-speed Tiptronic transmission provide 211 horsepower and 258 lb-feet of torque. The resulting rough-and-tumble crossover can go from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Performance: With 7.1 inches of ground clearance, the Allroad can swoop 1.5 inches closer to rocks than its cousin the A4 Avant. It’s also half an inch wider, which provides for more stability. Quattro all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels (with the option of 19-inchers) and adaptive cruise control that maintains an even distance from the car ahead make for an incredibly calm ride.

One Response to “Driver Down!”

  1. Jon Haworth Says:
    August 18th, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Nice enough article, I read it on my travels out to the U S a day or so back… But I had a problem with the stock picture of the white allroad that you show…. Because I recognised that car as being an allroad that was used for a lot of road test reports that I had read prior to purchasing that car in the same colour.

    The probem is it is not an A4 allroad, which you reviewed, it is actually a picture of an A6 allroad BiTdi (not available in the US). It’s a bit like doing a review of a Boeing 737 and including a photo of a Boeing 777. :)



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