Reporting Vinnie Richichi
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Audi had a nice run with its iconic Allroad wagon in the 2000s. The folks who owned them raved about them with a passion usually reserved for Hogwarts and Tea Partiers. Then one day…poof!…it was gone.
Well, Audi has given the people what they want as they have re-introduced the Allroad in America for 2013.
Based on Audi’s mid-size B platform, it sports a couple of Audi new trademarks: the vampire killer LED running lights, the new more aggressive grille, stainless steel skid plates and a wider more athletic stance along with a luxurious interior. It also gives you about the same cargo space as a small SUV.
One of the coolest options, and the one I couldn’t stop playing with, is Audi Connect which incorporates Google Earth into the navigation system as well as a wireless hot spot. Face it, in the Audi Allroad playing license plates or road signs with the kids is now old old old school.
Driving the Allroad through the mountains of Colorado was a pleasure with its road-handling capabilities as good as anything out there. The ride is a superb meeting of luxury and athletic tautness that stood out on the mountain backroads with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system doing it’s job. The interior materials are top notch and seats comfortable. I just wanted more oomph from the engine. Don’t get me wrong, the 211 hp engine was adequate but I was expecting a bit more. Maybe Audi will come up with some more horses or better yet drop that killer TDI diesel engine under the hood.
Still if you are one of the Allroad cult, rejoice, throw a party, call the neighbors, head down to the local Cars and Coffee and get caffeined up and loud..Audi has brought your leader back and it’s wearing a tuxedo.
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Vinnie Richichi has been driving vehicles of all kinds and covering the automotive scene for over 20 years. His Drivetime-radio vehicle reviews have aired on radio stations across the US as well as his website www.drivetime-radio.com. You can hear Vinnie weekdays on The Vinnie and Cook Show on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.