2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Volvo V60

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 Q5. But it costs extra on the V60.

Both the Q5 and the V60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V60 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the V60’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Q5 is faster than the Volvo V60:

 

Q5

V60 T5

V60 T6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.3 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

92.2 MPH

97.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the Q5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The V60 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The V60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q5 has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q5 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).

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 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 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the V60:

 

Q5

V60

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Q5 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a 2.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V60 (8.2 vs. 5.4 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Q5 is 3.8 inches shorter than the V60, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 4.3 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V60 with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 23.2 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 50.9 cubic feet).

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the V60’s (4400 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V60. 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

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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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

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