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...
Audi’s MMI is one of the best systems out there. The 7.0in screen is mounted nice and high, while the menus are easy to navigate and the rotary dial controller makes selecting what you want a doddle, even on the move. The £1395 Technology Pack includes Navigation Plus, which adds a larger 8.3in screen (pictured) with sharper graphics, more advanced sat-nav and a touchpad for making inputs with your fingertip.
Top-spec Superbs get Skoda’s top 9.2in Columbus touchscreen system with navigation as standard. Although the menus are logically laid out and responses are prompt, we miss the physical shortcut buttons of the 8.0in system found on lesser Superbs. The touch-sensitive shortcuts are a stretch to use and don’t take you to specific functions. As with the A4, Android and Apple smartphone mirroring is standard.
All V60s get a 9.0in, portrait-style touchscreen that you navigate with swipes as well as prods. You’ll get used to it, but many of the icons are too small and the system isn’t as quick to respond to inputs as those in the A4 and Superb. We also wish it had shortcut buttons to make life easier. While you get sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity like the others, smartphone mirroring is an extra £300 on all trims.