New Volvo V60 vs Audi A4 Avant vs Skoda Superb Estate
Volvo is masterly at making estates – but its new V60 will have to be outstanding to beat the classy Audi A4 Avant and the cavernous Skoda Superb Estate...
Behind the wheel
Driving position, visibility, build quality
Getting comfortable isn’t an issue in any of our trio. All have steering wheels with plenty of height and reach adjustment and standard adjustable lumbar support. The Superb and V60 go one step further with full electric adjustment for both driver and front passenger seats, including a memory function. If you want your A4 to have that little luxury, you’ll need to shell out £800.
Speaking of luxury, all get heated seats as standard, although the Superb adds a ventilated function to stop you from getting a sweaty back on sunny days. Leather upholstery is standard on the V60 and Superb, while it’s paired with sporty Alcantara trim in the A4; full leather seats will add another £800 to the bill. While the A4 and V60 seats are supportive in corners, the Superb’s are a touch flat, leaving you clinging on to the wheel during hard cornering.
Audi often leads the way when it comes to quality, and the A4 is no exception. Not only does its interior look and feel incredibly classy, but all the controls work with precision, too. Although the V60 can’t quite match these heady heights, it’s still made of pleasingly squidgy plastics with attractive metal and wood trims.
We wouldn’t normally grumble about the Superb’s interior in its cheaper trims, but it’s a little underwhelming in this company. While everything feels built to last, you’ll find fewer appealing materials and more hard plastics.