New Audi A6 Avant vs classic Audi 100 Avant

The Audi 100 Avant is a former What Car? award winner, but that was ever such a long time ago. So, how does it stack up against its modern contemporary, the A6 Avant?...

Audi 100 Avant with Audi A6 Avant

A lot happened in 1984: Margaret Thatcher won the general election, Los Angeles hosted the Olympics, Band Aid released 'Do They Know it's Christmas', and the Audi 100 Avant took home our Estate Car of the Year award. Not only did it have a large, square boot that could swallow plenty of suitcases, it was quiet, economical and comfortable, too.

But that was 36 years ago. So, with the advent of Euro NCAP crash testing, ever tightening emissions regulations and Audi's push upmarket, just how does the 100 Avant compare to its modern counterpart, the A6 Avant?

To find out, we lined up an example of each and directly compared their boots, their interiors and what powers them. And don't forget, if after watching these videos the idea of a shiny new Audi estate sounds tempting, check out our New Car Buying pages for savings of up to £8432 on the A6 Avant.

Audi A6 vs Audi 100: boots compared

Audi A6 vs Audi 100: suitcase test

Audi A6 vs Audi 100: interiors

Audi A6 vs Audi 100: engines compared

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Best and worst estate cars 2020

So, you've seen how the A6 Avant compares with a classic Audi wagon, but is it one of the best estates on sale today? Here we count down our current top 10 – and reveal the models to avoid.

10. Audi A4 Avant

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Audi A4 Avant front three quarters

The A4 Avant is based on the Audi A4 saloon, and since the latter is a former What Car? Car of the Year, it's starting on a strong footing. Sure enough, then, the A4 Avant is refined, rides well and has a superb interior. It also has decent space inside, although some of the other cars on this list will offer even larger boots.

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9. Volvo V90

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Volvo V90

Volvo and estate cars go together like Ikea and flat-pack furniture, and the V90 is the most capacious of its current crop. Indeed, it's based on the Swedish brand's huge S90 luxury car, which means the interior is very classy and there's loads of space for passengers. As long as you're not looking for an inspiring drive, it's a fine choice.

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8. Ford Focus Estate

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Ford Focus Estate 2019 front right tracking

If you like the Ford Focus's sweet handling but wish it had more space, then this Focus Estate is for you. It has the best handling of any estate car, and has loads of space in the back for both people and luggage. Go for our recommended 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine for the best experience.