2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’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 Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5 and the V60 Cross Country 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, daytime running lights, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

The Audi Q5’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 Q5’s reliability 25 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 Q5’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 Consumer Reports the Audi Q5 is faster than the Volvo V60 Cross Country:

 

Q5

V60 Cross Country

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

87 MPH

Transmission

The Q5 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 Q5’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 Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:

 

Q5

V60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The Q5’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 Cross Country (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The V60 Cross Country’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the V60 Cross Country (111 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the V60 Cross Country.

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the V60 Cross Country (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 4.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60 Cross Country.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Q5 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 43.8 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q5’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the V60 Cross Country’s (4400 vs. 3500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 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 Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 Q5 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 V60 Cross Country 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. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the V60 Cross Country.

Consumer Reports rated the Q5’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the V60 Cross Country’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Q5 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.

The Q5 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “5” insurance rate while the V60 Cross Country is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the V60 Cross Country because it costs $144 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the V60 Cross Country, including $242 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo V60 Cross Country isn't recommended.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost five to one during the 2018 model year.

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