2003 Audi allroad

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of the 2003 Audi allroad. Base trim shown.

2003 Audi allroad Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Modifications to Audi’s SUV-like wagon are modest for the 2003 model year. The prewiring for a CD changer and steering-wheel controls for the Tiptronic transmission have been removed. A passenger-side seat memory is no longer offered as a standard feature. LATCH child-safety seat lower anchors and tethers are equipped for both outer rear seating positions, but an interior monitoring system has been decoupled from the alarm.

Though it is essentially an A6 Avant made to look like a sport utility vehicle, Audi claims that the Allroad Quattro delivers better on-road ride and handling qualities than regular SUV models. The Allroad Quattro competes against such upscale rivals as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, car-based SUVs like the BMW X5 and Lexus RX 300, and all-wheel-drive (AWD) wagons such as the Volvo V70.

Exterior
To create the Allroad Quattro, Audi began with an A6 Avant and added larger gray bumpers, wheel-arch trim and bodyside cladding. Developers reached beyond paint and plastic components by installing unique 17-inch tires with tread that’s said to be suited for offroad travel. An electronic air suspension adjusts ground clearance to four levels, from a maximum of 8.2 inches for offroad excursions to a minimum of 5.6 inches for highway cruising. At its greatest height, the Allroad Quattro has more clearance than some car-based SUVs, including the BMW X5.

Interior
Five passengers fit in the Allroad Quattro with its standard seating. The wagon fea...
Vehicle Overview
Modifications to Audi’s SUV-like wagon are modest for the 2003 model year. The prewiring for a CD changer and steering-wheel controls for the Tiptronic transmission have been removed. A passenger-side seat memory is no longer offered as a standard feature. LATCH child-safety seat lower anchors and tethers are equipped for both outer rear seating positions, but an interior monitoring system has been decoupled from the alarm.

Though it is essentially an A6 Avant made to look like a sport utility vehicle, Audi claims that the Allroad Quattro delivers better on-road ride and handling qualities than regular SUV models. The Allroad Quattro competes against such upscale rivals as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, car-based SUVs like the BMW X5 and Lexus RX 300, and all-wheel-drive (AWD) wagons such as the Volvo V70.

Exterior
To create the Allroad Quattro, Audi began with an A6 Avant and added larger gray bumpers, wheel-arch trim and bodyside cladding. Developers reached beyond paint and plastic components by installing unique 17-inch tires with tread that’s said to be suited for offroad travel. An electronic air suspension adjusts ground clearance to four levels, from a maximum of 8.2 inches for offroad excursions to a minimum of 5.6 inches for highway cruising. At its greatest height, the Allroad Quattro has more clearance than some car-based SUVs, including the BMW X5.

Interior
Five passengers fit in the Allroad Quattro with its standard seating. The wagon features Cricket leather-upholstered sport front bucket seats and a three-place, 60/40-split, folding rear bench. A two-place rear-facing third seat is optional. Designed for children, the third seat folds into the cargo floor when it’s not in use, and it can be removed completely. Cargo volume measures 36.4 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 73.2 cubic feet when it’s folded down.

The walnut-trimmed interior includes an eight-speaker 140-watt sound system that has both cassette and six-CD players. The Radio Broadcast Display System shows station call letters and other information, and the stereo volume changes based on vehicle speed. Both front seats have a 12-way power adjustment feature. Options include a glass sunroof, Bose sound, a navigation system, a version of GM’s OnStar communication system, and heated front and rear seats.

Under the Hood
Using twin turbochargers, the 2.7-liter V-6 engine generates 250 horsepower. It mates with either a six-speed-manual gearbox or a five-speed-automatic transmission with a Tiptronic manual-selection provision and a Sport mode. Audi’s permanently engaged quattro AWD system distributes power among the four wheels to maintain peak traction.

Safety
Antilock brakes, Audi’s Electronic Stabilization Program, side curtain-type airbags and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. Rear-seat side-impact airbags are offered as optional equipment.

Driving Impressions
Like all Audis, the Allroad Quattro is solidly built, civilized and refined — it’s a serious vehicle that lacks nothing of consequence. This beautiful road machine brandishes taut, extra-precise handling skills, as well as satisfying ride comfort and sterling performance. The Allroad Quattro stays firmly planted through demanding curves, and it hugs the pavement with passion.

A bounty of gauges and switches are lushly orange-lit at night, which is quite a sight. One test wagon with the automatic transmission suffered a touchy gas pedal, but this could have been an aberration.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 12/18/02

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by Tae from Columbus, Ohio on February 17, 2018

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Safety & Recalls

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The 2003 Audi allroad currently has 3 recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The allroad received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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