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Both the e-tron and QX60 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The e-tron 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 QX60’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.
To allow off-road and deep snow capability, Four-Wheel Drive is standard on the e-tron. But it costs extra on the QX60.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the e-tron’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the e-tron helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The QX60 doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the e-tron and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.
The e-tron’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX60’s (12 vs. 7 years).
There are over 42 percent more Audi dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the e-tron’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.
The e-tron’s electric motor produces 107 more horsepower (402 vs. 295) and 220 lbs.-ft. more torque (490 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the e-tron gets better fuel mileage than the QX60 AWD (74 city/73 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the e-tron’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX60 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi e-tron higher (10 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX60 (5). This means the e-tron produces up to 19.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX60 every 15,000 miles.
For better stopping power the e-tron’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:
For better traction, the e-tron has larger standard tires than the QX60 (255/50R20 vs. 235/65R18). The e-tron Prestige’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R18).
The e-tron’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The e-tron Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the e-tron has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the QX60. The e-tron Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the QX60 Luxe.
The front and rear suspension of the e-tron uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the QX60, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The e-tron 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 or off-road. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The e-tron has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The e-tron’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the e-tron’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the QX60 (115.3 inches vs. 114.2 inches).
The e-tron is 7.6 inches shorter than the QX60, making the e-tron easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The design of the Audi e-tron amounts to more than styling. The e-tron has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the QX60 (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the e-tron get better fuel mileage.
The front grille of the e-tron uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the QX60 Luxe, the e-tron Prestige has a 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 e-tron Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The e-tron’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX60’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
Standard Audi Connect for the e-tron allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX60 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.
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