It maintains its composure on any road
Despite the snowfall and inclement weather conditions, we spent nearly all day over 100 miles off the beaten path, on surfaces ranging from rutted gravel trails to slick, unimproved dirt roads. Not once did the A4 Allroad crack by allowing itself to lose traction, notwithstanding attempts to make it happen. Down a slick mountain pass rife with blind corners, the A4 Allroad was completely composed; an attempted Scandinavian flick around one of them was thwarted, as was an effort to lock the A4 Allroad into a skid under hard braking on cold, wet pavement. With 252hp and 273lb-ft of torque, there’s never a dearth of power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder. For those who care, the car goes from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
Much of the credit for the car's surefooted-ness goes to the newly revised Quattro with Ultra System (a name that sounds more apt for a fabric softener, but that's OK). Most of the time, the A4 Allroad acts as a front wheel-drive wagon, but the car's computer uses sensors that measure force, steering angle, and other driver inputs to decide which wheels might need more or less power, thus improving traction. According to Audi, the system can even shift power completely rearward if necessary -- which is unusual in today's market.