2017 Audi Allroad Driving Impressions

The quick turbocharged engine sounds sweet under acceleration.

In the corners, the body rolls more than the A4 sedan does, but that’s to be expected given the higher riding five-link suspension. And it’s clearly better than most crossover SUVs, including the Audi Q models. Actually, the body lean helps absorb road imperfections and offers improved handling on gravel roads.

Audi’s Drive Select system allows the driver to adjust the steering, transmission, throttle, suspension, and all-wheel-drive settings, for anything from sport to comfort.

With the taller suspension, underbody protection, and Continental all-season tires, the Allroad lives up to its name, and can handle light offroading, for example at ski slopes and cabins in the woods.

The latest version of Quattro all-wheel-drive is called Ultra; unlike the old Quattro, which sent power to all four wheels at all times, Ultra decouples the clutch, sending power to the rear wheels only when traction is needed there. It shifts back and forth in 200 seamless milliseconds.

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