Up marginally though a petrol Allroad hasn’t been available in Australia before. The diesel will be $600 less than its predecessor when it arrives later this year. The new generation model ushers in a whole raft of technology and features. It’s lighter, safer, more efficient, better equipped and includes the latest generation connectivity and all-wheel drive that can read the road conditions on petrol variants.
The really good stuff is mostly tied up in optional packages; the Assistance Package with advanced driver assist features ($2470), Parking Package with 360 degree camera ($1235) and the Technik Package including the desirable virtual cockpit at $2860. Standard features include a sensor operated tailgate, efficiency assist to help cut fuel consumption and engine stop/start that turns off the engine rolling towards a red light at speeds under 7km/h.
The 2.0-litre engines are more efficient and use less fuel. Performance is strong from both with the turbo petrol particularly satisfying to drive.
It’s a better car to drive, lighter, uses less fuel, handles and rides better, is safer and feels better from behind the wheel. But additional advanced driver assistance comes at a cost.
It’s easy to spot changes, from the large vertical slat grille to the new-look headlights, large wheel arch flares and redesigned rear diffuser.