2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Allroad 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 V60 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.

The Allroad Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The V60 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 Allroad and the V60 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the V60 Cross Country’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Allroad’s reliability 13 points higher than the V60 Cross Country.

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 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (248 vs. 240) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Allroad is faster than the Volvo V60 Cross Country:

 

Allroad

V60 Cross Country

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

89.8 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Allroad higher (5 out of 10) than the Volvo V60 Cross Country (3). This means the Allroad produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the V60 Cross Country every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Allroad 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

 

Allroad

V60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The Allroad’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the V60 Cross Country are solid, not vented.

The Allroad stops shorter than the V60 Cross Country:

 

Allroad

V60 Cross Country

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the V60 Cross Country (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V60 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Allroad has a standard 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 V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Allroad’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the V60 Cross Country (110.9 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

The Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver quicker than the V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Allroad has .4 inches more front headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the V60 Cross Country.

Cargo Capacity

The Allroad has a larger cargo capacity with its rear seat folded than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 43.8 cubic feet).

The V60 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 Allroad’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 Allroad 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V60 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.

Ergonomics

The Allroad 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Allroad the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the V60 Cross Country can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Allroad 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 V60 Cross Country.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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