New Audi A6 Allroad vs Volvo V90 Cross Country: verdict

These posh estates have more go-anywhere ability than most. But which is better: the new Audi A6 Allroad or Volvo’s V90 Cross Country?...

Audi A6 Allroad driving

Our verdict

In the end, the A6 Allroad comes out comfortably ahead in this test. It may be a bit pricier to buy, but it has the V90 Cross Country covered in most areas, from the way it drives to its performance and boot space. If you can’t run to the higher monthly payments, the V90 still provides a roomy, high-quality interior, though.

Volvo V90 driving

However, most buyers would be better off going for a four-wheel-drive version of the regular A6 Avant or V90 instead. Unless you must have the body cladding and extra ride height, either one would save you a fair chunk of money and be just as capable in most situations.

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1st – Audi A6 Allroad

Audi A6 Allroad rear

For Stronger performance; better to drive; more ground clearance; bigger boot

Against Digital instrument panel costs extra; relatively pricey to lease

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

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2nd - Volvo V90 Cross Country

Volvo V90 rear

For More comfortable seats; more rear leg room; cheaper to run as a company car

Against Unsettled ride; more engine and wind noise; so-so infotainment system

What Car? rating 3 out of 5 stars

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Specifications: Audi A6 Allroad 45 TDI Sport

  • Engine 6cyl, 2967cc, diesel 
  • List price £53,895
  • Target price £50,057
  • Power 228bhp @ 3250-4750rpm
  • Torque 369lb ft @ 1750-3250rpm 
  • Gearbox 8-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph 6.8sec
  • Top speed 155mph
  • Official fuel economy 37.7mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG 37.5mpg 
  • CO2 emissions, tax band 153g/km, 37%

Specifications: Volvo V90 Cross Country D5 PowerPulse AWD

  • Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel
  • List price £50,610
  • Target price £45,577
  • Power 231bhp @ 4000rpm 
  • Torque 354lb ft @ 1750-2250rpm 
  • Gearbox 8-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph 7.4sec
  • Top speed 140mph
  • Official fuel economy 39.5mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG 33.4mpg
  • CO2 emissions, tax band 148g/km, 37%

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