Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q5 VS 2018 Volvo XC60 Near Washington, NC

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Volvo XC60

Safety Comparison

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, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, 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’ 2017 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 26th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 16th.

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 2 more horsepower (252 vs. 250) 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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q5 has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Q5

XC60

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Q5 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 3.7 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more rear headroom and .2 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.

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 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. The XC60 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Volvo XC60 by over five to one during the 2017 model year.

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