Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Audi Q5 VS 2016 Volvo XC70 Near Greenville, NC

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Volvo XC70

Safety Comparison

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XC70 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the XC70.

Both the Q5 and the XC70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 61 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XC70 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the XC70’s (12/unlimited vs. 10/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Q5’s reliability will be 10% better than the XC70.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 16th in initial quality. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 19th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Q5 has more powerful engines than the XC70:



Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Q5 3.0T supercharged V6

272 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC70 T5 Drive-E 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC70 T5 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

250 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 258) than the XC70 T5 Drive-E’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 162 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 266) than the XC70 T5’s standard 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the XC70 T5 AWD (24 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy). The Q5 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the XC70 T5 Drive-E FWD (24 city/31 hwy vs. 23 city/31 hwy).

The Q5’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC70 (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q5’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XC70:

Q5 2.0T

Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

The Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the XC70 are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops shorter than the XC70:



60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q5 3.0T/TDI/Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC70 (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).

The Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC70’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 3.0T/TDI offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XC70’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q5 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The XC70’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Q5 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The XC70 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is .2 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the XC70.

The Q5 handles at .85 G’s, while the XC70 AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the XC70 AWD (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Q5 is 7.9 inches shorter than the XC70, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC70 (101.5 vs. 98).

The Q5 has .6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 2.8 inches more rear legroom than the XC70.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The XC70’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC70’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Q5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the XC70 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the XC70.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The XC70 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The XC70 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Q5 3.0T/TDI keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The XC70 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi Q5 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q5 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XC70 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Volvo XC70 by 49% during 2015.

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