Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q5 VS 2017 Volvo XC60 Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5

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2017 Volvo XC60

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 XC60 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XC60 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the XC60.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q5’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The XC60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Q5 and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the XC60’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 14th in initial quality. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Volvo is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (252 vs. 240) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 gets better fuel mileage than the XC60 T5 AWD (23 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

 

Q5

XC60

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the XC60 are solid, not vented.

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 XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the XC60 (111 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 3.7 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XC60 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige’s cargo door, leaving your hands completely free. The XC60 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XC60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 XC60’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 or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the XC60 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 XC60.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The XC60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi Q5 outsold the Volvo XC60 by 51% during the 2016 model year.

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