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2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T Quattro Update 2

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/6/2014 Arthur St. Antoine, Motor Trend Staff

Talk about a tough act to follow. Our long-term Audi Allroad spent a week trailing a Bentley Continental GT through the starched-white Nevada desert as a support vehicle for a recent episode of MT's online show " Epic Drives." Yet that daunting mission -- a tidy sport wagon with a 2.0-liter turbo four shadowing a $240K supercoupe boasting a 567-hp twin-turbo W-12 -- only made us appreciate the Audi more. Our video team and yours truly switched back and forth between vehicles during some of the longer stretches, and no one complained. Not a peep.

The Allroad is that good. No, it doesn't have the retina-crushing performance of the big British bruiser, but it's utterly composed at triple-digit speeds through empty desert. It's a serene highway cruiser, beautifully attired inside and out. In fact, in some regards driving the Allroad after the Bentley was a welcome change, thanks to its airiness, compact dimensions, and light, easily maneuverable character.

2013 Audi Allroad© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Audi Allroad Having watched well over 10,000 miles roll onto its odo, I've become familiar with plenty of the Allroad's traits -- good and bad. The pluses are many. The air-conditioning works so well, I've actually had Los Angeles valet-parking attendants sing its praises ("Señor, your car es muy frío!"). The voice-activated navigation and phone-dialing systems -- which recognize your voice -- work almost perfectly; I've experienced only one or two hiccups from the computer in understanding a spoken address. The live traffic info displayed on the nav screen is so timely and accurate, I'll see a "green" highway turning orange or red, and, sure enough, within a few hundred yards, traffic will start to slow. (I've got enough trust in the system now to take alternative routes whenever it hints at down-the-road congestion.) Also deserving high praise are the seats: I've driven nonstop for hours without so much as a fidget.

Negatives are few. At low revs, such as when accelerating from stoplights, the turbo-four sounds a bit coarse. (It smooths out on the highway.) The rear cargo floor needs a rougher surface; as-is, it's so slick that an untethered suitcase will slide back and forth at even the gentlest applications of gas or brake. Also, the dashboard slot for the key fob is dumb. True, there's no need to insert the fob at all -- keep it in your pocket, and the car starts at the touch of a button. Trouble is, valet parkers (admittedly, a uniquely L.A.-centric problem) inevitably insert the fob into the dash slot, and removing it is unnecessarily fussy. Sometimes it pops right out, sometimes not.

These quibbles are really minor, though. Thus far, the Allroad has rolled on like a champ -- winning admirers from all who spend time behind its wonderfully thick leather wheel. Guess which ride the video team wants for the next " Epic Drives " episode? 2013 Audi Allroad© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Audi Allroad

Our Car
Service life7 mo/10,334 mi
Average fuel economy23.3 mpg
CO2 emissions0.83 lb/mi
Energy consumption145 kW-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problemsNone
Maintenance cost$0 (oil change, tire rotation, inspection)
Normal-wear cost$0

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