If you've spent anytime behind the wheel of an A4 Avant, you know what you're getting into. The turbocharged four-banger is perfectly adequate for the Allroad and, mated to the eight-speed automatic, delivers great gas mileage--20 city, 27 highway--for a wagon with a 3,891-pound curb weight. The Allroad has a new electromechanical steering system that saves weight, improves fuel economy and gives the vehicle a firm and not-too-ponderous drive. There's an acceptable amount of feedback in the wheel, which is what you want in a comfy daily driver. Also, like an Audi should be, the driver can feel free to mash the gas--the Allroad pushes you along from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, again not too shabby for a big vehicle. Inclement weather is where the Allroad shines, with full time Quattro all-wheel drive and the raised command position, the Allroad feels a lot more like a shorter Q5 than a taller A4.