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The 2021 Volvo V60 v. the 2021 Audi A4 allroad: The Luxe Wagon Showdown

Not everyone is a big fan of wagons. Of course, the 2021 Volvo V60 and the 2021 Audi A4 allroad aren’t like other wagons on the market. While each model offers up a certain amount of practicality, each is also stocked with all sorts of luxury features. Which, then, should you choose? Is the 2021 Volvo V60 the right wagon for you? Or, should you choose the 2021 Audi A4 allroad?

The 2021 Volvo V60

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The 2021 Volvo V60 is the kind of wagon that both looks good and offers everyday practicality. Much like the Volvo S60 sedan, this wagon features the iconic “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlight design, a new grille and Volvo Iron Mark, and the Volvo wordmark on the rear of it. 

There’s no shortage of engines to choose from when it comes to the 2021 Volvo V60. Available with a gasoline or diesel engine, this year’s V60 is also available with Volvo’s T6 Twin Engine AWD that generates a combined 340-hp and the T8 Twin Engine AWD that delivers an impressive 407-hp. 

As for standard features? This wagon knows just how to please. All models come standard with an intuitive touchscreen interface compatible with popular apps like Spotify, Pandora, Baidu, and TuneIn. Integration with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

The 2021 Audi A4 allroad

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Much like the 2021 Volvo V60, the 2021 Audi A4 allroad is designed to satisfy the automotive needs of many. Driven by a 261-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, Car and Driver reports that while it hasn’t had a chance to test drive this particular engine, model years of the past drive “like a dream, balancing ride and handling extremely well.”

The 2021 model added new standard features, including wireless Apple CarPlay, lane departure warning, and an integrated toll module. For the new model year, the Premium Plus trim also added standard features like adaptive cruise control with active lane assist, a top-view camera system, and a hands-on detection steering wheel.

How much do these high-end wagons cost?

Getting into a new V60 will run you about $40,950. Naturally, with multiple engines and trim levels to choose from, that price can climb pretty quickly. The 2021 Audi A4 allroad, on the other hand, boasts a base price of $44,600.

Though, if it’s a hybrid your after, the Volvo V60 will cost you. Unlike its gasoline-powered counterpart, the hybrid version of the Volvo V60 rings in at $67,300.

What makes the 2021 Volvo V60 the winner

The 2021 Volvo V60 Inscription, in Pebble Grey metallic
2021 Volvo V60 Inscription, in Pebble Grey metallic | Volvo

There are a few reasons that the 2021 Volvo V60 comes out on top when compared to the 2021 Audi A4 allroad. The most glaring difference is that the V60 offers a long list of engines to choose from. Unfortunately, for the allroad, only one engine is available. 

The Volvo V60 also boasts a lower base price than the Audi A4 allroad. Unless, of course, you opt for the hybrid variant, which does cost considerably more than the allroad.

And if pricing and mechanics don’t quite matter to you? Consider that all models come standard with Volvo’s City Safety technology, which combines automatic braking functionality and collision avoidance systems to help keep you safe behind the wheel. City Safety is also the only safety system currently on the market that can detect pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals.

Is the 2021 Volvo V60 the right choice for you?

If you’re on the hunt for a practical wagon that offers the perfect balance of luxury features and tech-savvy safety technologies, then the 2021 Volvo V60 may be the ideal choice for you. In the end, though, buying a new car makes for a rather personal decision, and when it comes to these two models, you’re probably going to want to take each out for a test drive.