The most capable 4x4 Audis

The most capable 4×4 Audis

Having a rich history of rally racing behind it, Audi is no stranger to 4×4 cars. Moreover, the innovative Quattro configuration is a proprietary interpretation of how a four wheel drive system should be like and it’s implemented in select models, from wagons to SUVs. We have selected the most capable from the models offered by the company and ranked them according to specifications, off-road capabilities and driving experience, in order to project a clear image of what should they be in day to day life.

Audi A4 Allroad

The first on our list is the A4 Allroad. Available only in wagon configuration, the car represents an alternative to similar models from other manufacturers and it may replace a crossover for light off-roading. The most potent engine it has at its disposal is a 3.0 litre V6 TDI, which develops 242 horsepower and over 369lb ft of torque. On the exterior, black plastic covers the front bumper, wheel arches, side skirts and rear bumper, both for protection and a more rugged appearance. The underbody also has plastic protection, while a metallic engine shield protects the power plant from getting damaged.

Audi A6 Allroad

Next in line, the A6 Allroad is the A4’s bigger brother. Also having a single body type – wagon, the A6 is a more powerful and a more capable car when it comes to tackling rough terrain. Under the bonnet lies a 3.0 litre TDI, being the only engine choice. The most powerful version (3.0 V6  BiTDI) pumps 320 horsepower and 479 lb ft of torque. Furthermore, the A6 has a more premium interior, a more aggressive exterior design and larger dimensions. The exterior body kit also features plastic panels for protection, but unlike the smaller sibling, they can be painted in other colours than the classical black. Underbody protection also includes an engine shield and a metal plaque located just beneath the rear bumper. The attack and departure angles are more pronounced than on the A4, as well as the ground clearance, which measures 182mm from the ground.

Audi Q3

The small size SUV offering from Audi is represented by the Q3The smallest of the lot features similar styling to its bigger brothers, the Q5 and Q7, but has a personality of its own. Although it’s perfectly able to take a driver from point A to point B, don’t bet on it as an off-road contender, as its soft-SUV nature doesn’t allow it to be pushed too much outside of the tarmac. The ground clearance is more reduced than that on the A6 Allroad, measuring 17mm (15 for the S-line) and its engine range is also less powerful. A sensible choice would be to choose the 174 horsepower, 2.0 litre, turbocharged diesel engine, as it has a respectable 280 lb ft of torque.

Audi Q5

The Q5 ups the ante a little bit, as it goes up one body class (being a mid-size SUV) and has a more extensive engine range offering. Its well proportioned body, together with a styling that makes a powerful impression on the onlooker, makes for an attractive package. The 3.0 TDI turbocharged diesel is the most powerful engine from the range and it boasts attractive figures:  245 horsepower, 428 lb ft of torque and a 0 to 62 mph time of 5.8 seconds. Unlike the wagons, it doesn’t sport any plastic (black or colored) on its body to serve as protection, as its construction allows it to stay relatively clear of any obstacles.  Also, the ground clearance measures 200mm, which allows for more freedom outside the normal driving surface.

Audi Q7

The Q7 is (and probably will be) Audi’s largest SUV. Being a contender in the full size class, it has large dimensions and an imposing stance. An impressive ground clearance of 234mm allows it to roam unrestricted, both on and off-road. Our engine of choice would be the 4.2 litre V8 TDI SE that develops 340 horsepower and 560 lb ft of torque. With that at your disposal, there is little to stay in your way. Moreover, the engine feels smooth and refined, as it is capable of hauling the mass of the vehicle without a hitch.

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