I was looking for a car with space, comfort and performance when I bought the Audi Allroad. It scores well against each of the criteria.
I opted for the automatic gearbox on the recommendation of the salesperson. She thought it would help at the time of resale. In hindsight I would go for the manual, which I think is a more engaging drive. The auto transmission has lag at times, which can be annoying.
Otherwise the car comes fully optioned. The performance from the 2.7L petrol engine is fantastic. Fuel consumption is a little high averaging 12-13L/100km. It may just be my driving style!
Handling on and off the tarmac is fantastic. I highly recommend the quattro system for wet or loose surfaces, or generally for safety.
I marked down the dealer because I did not find the sales process very satisfying. They seemed to be very keen up to the point of sale and then nothing. The service guys have been excellent.
If you are looking for a practical car with performance and are looking at BMW X5, Volvo XC90, VW Touareg, or similar, do yourself a favour and take the Audi Allroad out for a spin. It performs more like a car and seems to have more space all round. The price is high, but worth it if you ask me.