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Used test: Audi A6 Allroad vs Volvo V90 Cross Country costs

These posh, four-wheel-drive estates have more go-anywhere ability than plenty of SUV. We've put them head to head to see which is the better used buy...

Audi A6 Allroad driving

What will they cost?

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety

Neither car is what you'd call cheap to buy, but one is significantly less expensive than the other. Choosing the V90 will save you over £10,000 over the A6 if you're purchasing it in cash. It'll also be cheaper if you want to finance it; you'll need to find a spectacularly good APR deal on the A6 for your monthly PCP costs to be anywhere near that of the Volvo.

Both cars are stung by the Government’s luxury car tax (which applies to cars with a list price of more than £40,000), so they’ll cost you £475 a year in road tax for the next five years.

Volvo V90 Cross Country side

Although the V90 has better official fuel economy figures, it couldn’t match the A6 in our real-world tests, averaging 33.4mpg versus 37.5mpg.

As for equipment, the A6 comes with full leather upholstery (the V90 has a mixture of real and synthetic leather), but you have to pay extra for safety aids such as lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition. Both of these things are standard on the V90. And while we’re on the topic of safety, the regular estate versions of these cars received a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP and promise to provide excellent occupant protection in a crash.