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2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T Long-Term Update 3

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/4/2014 Arthur St. Antoine, Motor Trend Staff

Sport wagons don't get enough love -- at least not in the United States. Here, buyers looking for extra room and versatility are more likely to opt for a crossover or an SUV. (Apparently, sitting as high or higher than the guy in the next lane is a priority.) And that's a shame, because except for the most extreme missions, a good sport wagon is a far more engaging and satisfying choice.

2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T Long-Term Update 3

The Audi Allroad is a very good sport wagon. As more thousands of miles have rolled under the wheels of our long-term tester, our affection for this svelte and highly adaptable machine continues to grow. Recently, on a holiday vacation, staffer William Walker and wife Jessica (an MT contributing photographer) bolted on a set of Pirelli Sottozero 3 snow tires and gunned the Allroad from Los Angeles up to Oregon, down through Napa Valley, into the Redwood national forest, and up Mount Hood. Along the way, the Audi shrugged off deep snow, ice, and the occasional rutted dirt road with ease. The Walkers' verdict: driving bliss. Sure, an SUV could've handled the weather equally well, but the Allroad -- with its lower center of gravity and sports-sedan reflexes -- proved infinitely more enjoyable to drive.

2013 Audi Allroad© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Audi Allroad That opinion was seconded by our "Epic Drives" video team, which filled the Audi with video gear and luggage and happily chased a McLaren 12C all over California's Marin County during a recent shoot. "Such a sweet car," noted producer Levi Rugg. "Comfortable, roomy, handles great. We had no trouble keeping up through the twisty stuff." How's this for a recommendation: Whenever a staffer is headed out on a long road trip, their first inquiry is often, "Is the Allroad available?"

While our first scheduled service was free, a recent 15,000-mile checkup jolted us with some serious wallet shock. For a pretty standard pit stop -- fluids check, fresh synthetic oil and filter, a new pollen filter, safety inspection -- the tab rang in at $380.82. Yikes! Mounting, balancing, and installing the four Pirelli snow tires added another $200. Fortunately, the brakes needed no work, or we might not have received much change from our $1000 bill. True, the Allroad has been completely trouble-free during its stay with us, and for the first 15K miles it cost us nothing in service or repair costs. But almost $600 for routine maintenance is enough to leave any owner crying "Mommy!"

The good news: In return for the premium cost of upkeep, the Allroad delivers a premium motoring experience. Every electronic convenience is on board -- nav, voice activation, heated seats, auto climate, premium Bang & Olufsen audio, rear camera. The automatic transmission shifts with steering-wheel paddles when you're feeling racy. The leather and aluminum interior looks rich. The car feels expensive.

Maybe it's just as well everybody else is sold on sport-utes. Those buyers smart enough to pick up a sport wagon like this Allroad get something all too rare these days: distinctiveness. 2013 Audi Allroad© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Audi Allroad

Our Car
Service life10 mo/19,066 mi
Average fuel economy23.3 mpg
CO2 emissions0.81 lb/mi
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ20/27/23 mpg
Energy consumption140 kW-hrs/100mi
Unresolved problemsNone
Maintenance cost$0 (oil change, tire rotation, inspection)
Normal-wear cost$0

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