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...
Space and practicality
Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot
Let’s start with the main reason why you buy an estate: boot space. Here, the Superb holds all the aces, thanks to a load area that would be easier to measure in acres. It can swallow 11 carry-on cases with room to spare; that’s three more than the V60 and four up on the A4. You’ll want to pay for a variable-height boot floor (£155), though, otherwise you’re left with a step up to the folded rear seats, making it tricky to load long, heavy items. Still, you get luggage nets as standard with this top-spec Laurin & Klement trim.
The V60’s boot may be smaller, but the floor is flat and there’s a netted area and the option of a Convenience Pack (£500) that adds remote electric rear seatback releases, a flip-up divider with handy bag hooks and even a three-pin plug for rear passengers. The A4 is available with some straps and is the only car here to come as standard with remote rear seatback releases, but it also has the least practical and smallest boot. All three get an electric tailgate as standard.
In the rear seats, the Superb’s vast size again pays dividends. You simply won’t find more leg room in anything short of a long wheelbase luxury limo, and head room is also plentiful, thanks in part to the absence of a panoramic roof. Although the V60 can’t match the Superb, rear leg room is significantly better than in the A4, and you get a smidge more head room. That said, a six-footer will fit behind another one in reasonable comfort in the A4.
Up front, all have room for tall drivers and a good selection of oddment storage. Although the Superb’s cupholders are a bit small for a big coffee mug or 750ml bottle of water, the cooled cubby under the central front armrest is vast and the door pockets are sizeable, making it the best for holding clutter.
The A4’s boot is the smallest here, but it’s certainly well thought out. It’s the only one to get 40/20/40 split rear seats, plus it has a low load lip and there’s a netted area for smaller items.
Boot 505-1510 litres Suitcases 7
Not only is the Superb vast, but it’s also the only contender with the option of a front Isofix child seat mount. We’d add the remote rear seatback releases (£95) and variable-height boot floor (£155).
Boot 660-1950 litres Suitcases 11
Instead of the V60 being all boot, Volvo has made sure rear seat passengers are well catered for. Convenience Pack (£500) is a must-have, making this the most practical boot, if not the biggest.
Boot 529-1441 litres Suitcases 8