Audi Allroad Quattro

Leave it Audi to produce a crossover Sports Utility Vehicle with a wagon – and make it look good! The Audi Allroad Quattro is a mid-size vehicle and is eloquently produced by German automaker Audi since 2000. Sadly, it was dropped from the North American line as of December 2006, but can still be found in Europe. The first generation Allroad shares its platform with the second generation Audi A6, a mid-size executive car, and meanwhile, its rear end is almost identical to the A6 Avant, the wagon version. The main variances in the model are found under the skin in the advanced air suspension system and also from the exterior in the larger wheels with all-terrain tires and flared and unpainted bumpers, which give it a unique appearance. The larger tires are also conducive to driving flexibility over varying terrain. Thankfully, Audi's quattro system is standard equipment for all versions. Although lost drivers will not want to take their precious Audi off-roading, but if they were so inclined, the Allroad was designed with the capability to tackle rough roads. Conditions that allow for this are the standard adjustable air suspension system, which can lift the car high enough to provide 21 cm (8.3 in) of ground clearance. A low-range mode, absent from other quattro-equipped vehicles, can also be selected with ease and the touch of a button. These features allowed the Allroad to complete a Land Rover test-course, and thus far it is the only car-based Sports Utility Vehicle that has been proven capable of doing so in testing. This has inspired many owners to fit their Allroad with a sportier, road oriented tire to emphasize its sporty side, even though most owners will never venture onto terrain rough enough to necessitate having a tire specifically designed for off-road conditions – the car has too nice of an exterior to risk placing dents and dings all over it.