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Monday, June 17, 2013

30 Days Of The Audi Allroad: The Competition

Among family-oriented luxury vehicles, the 2013 Audi Allroad isn't—at least yet—a common choice. Crossover models like the Ford Explorer or Acura MDX certainly are; but if you want just some of the ruggedness of those models, paired with an attitude mode along the lines of a sport wagon, the Allroad is a great starting point—and possibly the model you'll end up with once you go for a drive.
Considering its bottom-line sticker price of $47,870, our Allroad is solidly in luxury-car price territory. Yet we think that its unusual place among both wagons and among rugged crossovers qualifies it for some rather unconventional cross-shopping.

In our full review of the 2013 Audi Allroad, we list the Subaru Outback, Volvo XC60, Acura TSX Wagon, and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque as potential alternatives to the Allroad. How does the Allroad match up versus each of those models? Read on to see an expanded version for each:

When we were searching for an obvious rival to the Allroad, the Subaru Outback is the first model name that came to mind, from nearly every member of our editorial team. Saying that the Subaru Outback owns the rugged-wagon is an exaggeration; but it's not all that far off. You can get a six-cylinder Outback, loaded with leather, a moonroof, active-safety features, and Harman Kardon audio, for around $35k. Relative to the Allroad, the Outback is really tough, handles reasonably well, and has more ground clearance. It's also quite a bit more spacious inside—especially in back-seat passenger space. But its interior trims aren't nearly as plush and impressive as those in the Audi; it isn't as quiet; and its ride tends to be a little busier. You'll probably also want to think twice about fuel economy; while the Outback six-cylinder's EPA fuel economy ratings of 18 mpg city, 25 highway don't seem so far from our Allroad's 20/27 mpg, we've barely managed to meet those numbers in the Outback while we suspect the Allroad is under-rated for highway mileage.

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