Used test: Audi A4 Avant vs Skoda Superb Estate vs Volvo V60 costs
If you're in the market for a used estate, are you better off with the gargantuan Superb, or one of the smaller but more upmarket options available for similar money?...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety
As you'd probably expect, the Superb is the least expensive of the three to buy according to the What Car? Valuation service. However, there's less than a 10% difference between the Skoda and the Volvo, whereas the Audi around £5000 more - a huge difference that is difficult to justify considering the Audi is the least capacious.
It does win some favour back by being the most fuel-efficient car here. However, you'd no doubt need to cover well over 100,000 miles before the savings in fuel over our thirstiest contender (the Superb) outweighed the higher initial purchase price.
The Superb comes with just about every luxury you could want, including a premium stereo, adaptive dampers and a hands-free tailgate. The V60 isn’t quite as well equipped, but you could easily get away with just finding one with the Convenience Pack and calling it a day. The A4 has the stingiest kit list, although it’s by no means poverty spec.
As for safety, all get a five-star Euro NCAP rating, although the V60 scores slightly higher for protecting adults and it matched the Superb's score for assistance systems, although we'd caveat that by saying that the Superb was tested under an older regime and if it were redone today, the V60 would do better since it comes with lane-keeping assistance as standard.
When we looked at each car's reliability score using our latest What Car? Reliability, we found that the V60 should be the most dependable, followed by the Superb and A4.
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