New Audi A4 Avant & BMW 3 Series Touring vs Volvo V60: verdict

Audi, BMW and Volvo are all experienced at making plush executive estates with four-wheel drive if you need it. Let’s see which of their contenders is the best buy...

Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Volvo V60

Our verdict

Picking a winner in an estate test is easy: just look at which has the biggest boot and stick a crown on its roof, right? Well, although the V60 wins this test, things aren’t quite that straightforward.

The V60 can swallow the most stuff, has an excellent driving position and comes exceedingly well equipped. Despite the unsettled ride of this Cross Country version, it’s still a great estate. However, we’d save some money and go for a comfier, better-handling regular model instead.

Despite having the smallest boot, the 3 Series comes second here. What it lacks in outright load hauling ability, it makes up for with fine handling, a great infotainment system and the strongest performance. If you’re a keen driver, you’ll probably accept the fact that you have to pack a little lighter.

That leaves the A4 in last place. Although it’s decent to drive and has the classiest interior, it’s the priciest company car, has sluggish infotainment and is the most frustrating in stop-start traffic.

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1st – Volvo V60 - 4 stars

Volvo V60 rear

For Largest boot; best rear seat space; excellent driving position; cheapest to buy and run for private buyers

Against Unsettled ride; wallowy handling; thirstiest; noisiest engine

Recommended options Metallic paint (£675), Convenience Pack (£300)

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2nd – BMW 3 Series Touring - 4 stars

BMW 3 Series Touring rear

For Engaging handling; punchy yet frugal engine; best infotainment; cheapest for company car tax 

Against Smallest boot; firm ride; so-so rear seat space

Recommended options Comfort Package (£890), metallic paint (£670)

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3rd – Audi A4 Avant - 3 stars

Audi A4 Avant rear

For Classiest interior; best wet-weather traction; well-shaped boot

Against Clunky infotainment; firm ride; hesitant gearbox

Recommended options Metallic paint (£675), Storage Pack (£195)

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Specifications: Audi A4 Avant 40 TDI quattro S line S tronic 

  • Engine size 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel 
  • List price £42,520
  • Target Price £38,393
  • Power 187bhp @ 3800-4200rpm
  • Torque 295lb ft @ 1750-3000rpm
  • Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic 
  • 0-60mph 7.4sec
  • Top speed 143mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 44.1mpg
  • Test MPG 39.3mpg 
  • CO2 emissions 140g/km

Specifications: BMW 3 Series Touring 320d xDrive M Sport

  • Engine size 4cyl, 1995cc, diesel
  • List price £41,325
  • Target Price £39,214
  • Power 187bhp @ 4000rpm
  • Torque 295lb ft @ 1750-2500rpm 
  • Gearbox 8-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph 7.2sec
  • Top speed 140mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 51.4mpg
  • Test MPG 41.6mpg
  • CO2 emissions 124g/km

Specifications: Volvo V60 D4 AWD Cross Country Plus Polestar Performance

  • Engine size 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel
  • List price £41,530
  • Target Price £37,059
  • Power 187bhp @ 4250rpm 
  • Torque 295lb ft @ 1750-2500rpm 
  • Gearbox 8-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph 8.1sec
  • Top speed 130mph
  • Gov't fuel economy 47.9mpg
  • Test MPG 35.6mph
  • CO2 emissions 135g/km

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