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The A6’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the A6 and S60 Cross Country have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A6 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The S60 Cross Country’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The S60 Cross Country 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.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The A6 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The S60 Cross Country only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the A6 and the S60 Cross Country 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Audi A6 weighs 414 pounds more than the Volvo S60 Cross Country. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 25th in initial quality. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 22 places higher in reliability than Volvo.
The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 95 more horsepower (335 vs. 240) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
The A6 has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 Cross Country (19.3 vs. 17.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A6 higher (5 out of 10) than the Volvo S60 Cross Country (3). This means the A6 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the S60 Cross Country every 15,000 miles.
The A6 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
For better stopping power the A6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S60 Cross Country:
S60 Cross Country
The A6’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the S60 Cross Country are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the A6 has larger standard tires than the S60 Cross Country (245/45R19 vs. 235/50R18). The A6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 Cross Country (255/40R20 vs. 235/50R18).
The A6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires. The A6 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the S60 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S60 Cross Country. The A6 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the S60 Cross Country.
The A6 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. The S60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A6’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the S60 Cross Country (115.1 inches vs. 109.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A6 is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the S60 Cross Country.
For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the S60 Cross Country’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.8 feet).
The A6 has .8 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60 Cross Country.
The A6 has a much larger trunk than the S60 Cross Country (13.7 vs. 12 cubic feet).
The S60 Cross Country’s spare tire is stored in the cargo area, where it diminishes the useable cargo capacity and interferes with loading and unloading. The A6’s spare is out of the way under the trunk floor.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the A6 Prestige has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power trunk.
The engine in the A6 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60 Cross Country. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 29% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the S60 Cross Country, the A6 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The A6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The A6 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
If the windows are left open on the A6 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the S60 Cross Country can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A6 has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the A6 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
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