Used test: Audi A4 Avant vs Skoda Superb Estate vs Volvo V60 verdict

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?...

New Volvo V60 vs Audi A4 Avant vs Skoda Superb Estate

Our Verdict

This has to be one of the closest tests we’ve ever conducted because 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, lesser versions make a lot more sense.

So, that leaves the V60 as our champion. As long as you avoid an example with 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 respectable purchase price, 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; strong safety record
Against Slowest; firm ride on big wheels;hesitant gearbox
Verdict The best compromise between load carrying capacity in a premium package for the money

What Car? rating five stars out of five

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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
Verdict A fine estate, but not quite cheap enough to overlook the shortcomings in refinement compared with a V60

What Car? rating four stars out of five

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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
Verdict The classiest car here, but not the best value posh estate

What Car? rating four stars out of five

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

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
List price when new £38,135
Price today £27,277*
Power 187bhp @ 3800-4200rpm
Torque 295lb ft @ 1750-3000rpm
0-60mph 7.5sec
Top speed 143mph
Fuel economy 70.6mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 113g/km


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

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
List price when new £37,625
Price today £22,178*
Power 187bhp @ 3800-4200rpm
Torque 295lb ft @ 1750-3000rpm
0-60mph 7.6sec
Top speed 141mph
Fuel economy 60.1mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 137g/km


Specification: Volvo V60 D4 Inscription

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
List price when new £37,860
Price today £23,963*
Power 187bhp @ 4250rpm
Torque 295lb ft @ 1750-2250rpm
0-60mph 8.3sec
Top speed 137mph
Fuel economy 67.3mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 122g/km

*Price today is based on a 2018 model with average mileage and full service history according to the What Car? Valuation service, correct at time of writing

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