If the resident car nuts here at Gear Patrol can agree on one thing (which doesn’t happen very often) it’s that we consider ourselves “wagon-ites”, for lack of a better term. Practically no one does it better than Audi, or Subaru, and specifically the all new 2013 Audi allroad Quattro. First introduced in 1999 in A6 Avant form, the car won good reviews for its utility and uniqueness, but it never quite took off — literally or figuratively.

This time, the allroad runs on an A4 platform and is driven at all four wheels by a 2.0 liter engine. A mere four, you say? Well, that four-banger kicks out 211 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque, so it’s no slouch, plus the gas mileage isn’t too shabby, either. Aside from the base A4 platform, the allroad stands out from its lesser brethren due to its beefier and contrasting trim, slightly wider, longer and taller body and better ground clearance (7 inches). It also boasts excellent ride quality with the upgraded suspension, and at the same time claims solid handling for a vehicle of this type. The base price should be under $40K, so you might think about losing the massive earth rover you now own and upgrade to what should be a very capable allroad.

More photos after the jump.

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