2018 Volvo XC60 vs 2018 Audi Q5 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Volvo XC60

Transmission

  8-speed shiftable automatic


2018 Volvo XC60 vs 2018 Audi Q5

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When Volvo updated the XC60, the changes bumped it up to the rankings to one of the best in its class. More engine choices, a more spacious cabin, and a new state-of-the-art audio system are among its new attributes. This sophisticated ride takes on all comers, including the Audi Q5. Let’s see how they do in a nose to nose comparison.

Performance & Capability

On par with the Q5, the XC60 T5 offers a turbo with 250 horsepower. The Audi has a seven-speed automatic while the Volvo has a more precise eight-speed automatic. This may be why the XC60 earns an extra mile per gallon in highway driving. Volvo all-wheel drive has an Off-Road mode that automatically recognizes when hill descent control is needed. Audi's AWD isn't as suited for trails. An XC60 tows 5,291 pounds, a class-leading figure. If you want a more energetic powertrain, the T6 kicks out 316 horsepower with its turbocharger and supercharger. Stepping up again, there’s a plug-in hybrid that utilizes a supercharged four-cylinder engine to produce 400 horsepower.

Style & Luxury

The Volvo offers more legroom on the second row. Furthermore, its cargo hold has grown to 29.7 cubic feet, surpassing the Q5. If you fold the XC60’s seats, cargo space grows to 63.3 cubic feet. Comparing features, you’ll find a power liftgate and leather upholstery on the Q5 Premium and XC60 Momentum base editions. These are priced alike. However, the Momentum offers more. It has a panoramic sunroof plus all of the safety features listed later in this review. If you compare Sensus Connect to the Audi system, you’ll find that Volvo’s infotainment system can keep up and surpass its rivals. Standards include a nine-inch touchscreen that is responsive even if you are wearing gloves. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, along with apps for Pandora, Stitcher, Tuned-In and other music sites.

Safety, Crash Avoidance & Automation

Although the Q5 has Audi Pre-Sense City automatic braking, it still cannot match the standards on the Volvo XC60. For starters, these Volvo functions include active braking for all speeds with collision mitigation. The Volvo can watch for large animals, cyclists, pedestrians, and intersection dangers. It recognizes forward collision dangers with an autobrake. Additionally, it can automatically brake if there is an impact, lessening the danger of secondary crashes. A run-off road mitigation system provides protection through warnings and automated functions. A lane keep assist helps maintain a safe trajectory. Active high-beam headlights raise and lower to match conditions. Traffic sign recognition keeps you informed about changes in the speed limit. A drowsiness monitor watches for distracted driving behaviors. The Audi does not offer all of these on its menu at any price. Additional safety equipment available on both includes a blind spot monitor. However, the Volvo has a steering assist to make it more helpful and a rear autobrake to strengthen the effectiveness of a rear cross-traffic alert. You can get an exclusive semi-autonomous driving system, but only from Volvo.

When you add up the Volvo's strengths, there are compelling reasons to put the 2018 Volvo XC60 ahead of the Audi Q5 on your shopping list. Learn more with a test drive at Momentum Volvo.


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