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...

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17 Aug 2017 6:0 | Last updated: 25 Sep 2018 11:36

Our verdict

This has to be one of the closest tests we’ve ever conducted. Tot up all the stars and it’s even stevens, so you could easily argue that any of these estates should emerge the victor.

Although the A4 finishes third, it’s the best-handling car here yet still rides really comfortably. It also has the classiest interior and the best infotainment system of the bunch.

The trouble is, it can’t carry as much as we’d like. Indeed, if you just need a car with as much space as possible, you’d make the Superb your winner – by a mile. However, it falls down on running costs and interior quality in this company. Ultimately, cheaper versions make a lot more sense.

So, that leaves the V60 as our champion. As long as you avoid big wheels and adaptive suspension, it rides nearly as well as the A4 and isn’t that much less practical than the Superb. Factoring in its classy, eye-catching interior and attractive monthly PCP costs, it just takes the win.

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1st – Volvo V60

New Volvo V60 vs Audi A4 Avant vs Skoda Superb Estate

For Great driving position; practical boot; high-quality interior; cheap to buy on a PCP

Against Slowest; firm ride on big wheels; hesitant gearbox

Recommended options Convenience Pack (£500)

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Skoda Superb Estate

New Volvo V60 vs Audi A4 Avant vs Skoda Superb Estate

For Cavernous boot; best rear seat space; well equipped

Against Cheaper Superbs make more sense; gruff engine; limited seating flexibility

Recommended options Variable-height boot floor (£155); remote rear seat releases (£95)

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Audi A4 Avant

New Volvo V60 vs Audi A4 Avant vs Skoda Superb Estate

For Best to drive; high-quality interior, best infotainment; cheapest to run

Against Smallest boot; least standard equipment

Recommended options Adaptive dampers (£600)

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 190 S tronic S line

Engine size 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel

List price £38,135

Target Price £34,411

Power 187bhp @ 3800-4200rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-3000rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 7.5sec

Top speed 143mph

Gov't fuel economy 65.7mpg

CO2 emissions 113g/km


Specifications: Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 190 4x4 Laurin & Klement DSG

Engine size 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel

List price £37,625

Target Price £34,161

Power 187bhp @ 3500-4000rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-3250rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 7.6sec

Top speed 141mph

Gov't fuel economy 54.3mpg

CO2 emissions 137g/km


Specifications: Volvo V60 D4 Inscription auto

Engine size 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel

List price £37,860

Target Price £35,178

Power 187bhp @ 4250rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-2500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 8.3sec

Top speed 137mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 122g/km

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