2019 Audi A6 vs. 2019 Volvo S60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A6. But it costs extra on the S60.

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 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the A6 and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi A6 weighs 609 pounds more than the Volvo S60. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Reliability

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.

Engine

The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 85 more horsepower (335 vs. 250) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 19 more horsepower (335 vs. 316) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the S60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A6 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The S60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The A6 has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.3 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The A6 has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.3 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

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 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the A6’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the S60:

 

A6

S60

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the A6 has larger standard tires than the S60 (245/45R19 vs. 235/45R18). The A6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 (255/40R20 vs. 235/45R18).

The A6 Prestige’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60’s optional 40 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. The A6 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the S60.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A6’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the S60 (115.1 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

Chassis

The A6 is 6 inches narrower than the S60, making the A6 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The A6 has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the A6 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60. 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.

Ergonomics

A power rear sunshade is standard in the A6 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The S60 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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