Station wagon: Ask any automotive journalist, and he’ll say: Brown, turbo, all-wheel drive, manual transmission, and preferably diesel. Or basically, unicorn blood, since this form of automotive excellence doesn’t exist in America.
So we compromise. We say, hmmm, white looks nice. Or, scrap the diesel. Sometimes, maybe, the manual transmission–but never the all-wheel drive! No, not the all-wheel drive (we’re looking at you, Acura, and VW!).
Despite what we say, though, and really, we inevitably accept whatever we can get (including the Acura): a front-wheel drive, manual-transmission, turbo-diesel Jetta Sport Wagon (so close!), a non-turbo all-wheel drive Subaru Outback (used to have turbo and manual transmission), or a V-8-powered, rear-wheel drive Cadillac CTS-V (oh god.), among a worthy handful of others. Which brings us to this, the 2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T quattro, which is basically the discontinued Audi A4 Avant on stilts.
SWEET, we say.
But is it? Is it sweet?
There’s no brown color option, though you can get a beige interior with Moor Brown carpeting. There’s no diesel–not in America there isn’t–or a manual transmission, but there is a turbo, and the unforgettable quattro all-wheel drive. So what are we to make of this? Does the Allroad live up to the storied heritage and hype of its glorious #longroof? Will it capture the feverish hearts of the Legion of #Wagonation?
Or is it, just, like, pretty much a utilitarian A4 with a big butt? Read our Road Test of the 2013 Audi Allroad to find out.