The Allroad, formerly the A4 Avant wagon, provides rugged styling details and extra ground clearance for an SUV-like appearance and light off-road capabilities.
Agile handling makes it fun to drive and the cabin is quiet and very well finished.
A spunky, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, matched with a slick eight-speed automatic, provides decent acceleration and 22 mpg overall, competitive with the best small SUVs.
That engine got a modest horsepower boost for 2014.
As nice as the Allroad is, the Audi Q5 SUV, with the same powertrain, costs less, has more rear-seat room and cargo space, and a greater towing capacity.