Audi S4 Avant vs Volvo V60 T6
Can the latest practical performance car from Audi, the S4 Avant, outmuscle the turbocharged Volvo V60?
Our contenders prove that it’s possible to mix high-performance thrills with family-friendly practicality. But which car finishes this bruising encounter on the top step of the podium?
The Volvo looks and sounds the part, thanks to sleek styling and a growling six-cylinder engine. What’s more, it delivers scorching real-world pace and has one of the most comfortable cabins in the business. Yet it’s let down by a small boot, cramped rear seats and high running costs. While it’s cheaper to buy than the Audi, it costs more to tax and loses its value quicker. The V60 is also hobbled by wallowy and imprecise handling – it’s fast, but you’re not encouraged to access its full performance potential.
That’s not the case with the Audi, which feels every bit as quick, but is composed and agile through corners. More importantly, it features a larger and classier interior, plus its boot is bigger and better shaped. Adding to its appeal are lower running costs, stronger residuals and generous standard kit.
However, the S4 is not without its faults. It’s expensive to buy, plus its new electric power-steering lacks feel. But these issues aren’t enough to stop it scoring a convincing victory over the Volvo. If you want sports car performance but space for a family, then the Audi takes some beating.
WinnerAudi S4 Avant ★★★★
The latest changes have helped carry the Audi S4 to a dominant victory here. It’s a genuine sports car for all occasions, thanks to its combination of blistering pace, agile handling and interior space. And while it’s not as cheap to buy, the S4 is beautifully built and is surprisingly cost-effective to run. If only the new electric steering provided a little more feedback.
2nd Volvo V60 T6 ★★★
Volvo hasn’t lost the knack of producing fast estates. The V60’s characterful six-cylinder engine delivers blistering pace, while its 4WD offers confidence-inspiring grip. But it’s held back by the cramped cabin and less assured driving dynamics. Plus, while it’s cheaper to buy, it will cost more to run than the S4.
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingCan the latest practical performance car from Audi, the S4 Avant, outmuscle the turbocharged Volvo V60?
- 21st Audi S4 AvantDoes new car offer best mix of practicality and performance?
- 32nd Volvo V60 T6 PolestarWith Polestar power upgrade, Volvo continues long tradition of hot estates
- 4Facts and figures