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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q8. But it costs extra on the XC60.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q8 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 XC60 doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the Q8 and the XC60 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Audi Q8 weighs 930 to 1100 pounds more than the Volvo XC60. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
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.
The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 85 more horsepower (335 vs. 250) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 19 more horsepower (335 vs. 316) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q8 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Q8 has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q8 has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 18.8 gallons).
For better stopping power the Q8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:
For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the XC60 (275/50R20 vs. 235/60R18). The Q8’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC60 (285/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).
The Q8’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 XC60’s standard 60 series tires. The Q8’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the XC60’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XC60. The Q8’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the XC60 R-Design.
The front and rear suspension of the Q8 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q8’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the XC60 (117.9 inches vs. 112.8 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q8 is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XC60.
The Q8 has .2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q8’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Q8 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (67.5 vs. 50.6 cubic feet).
The Q8’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC60’s (7700 vs. 3500 pounds).
The engine in the Q8 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC60. 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.
The Q8’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Q8’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q8 has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XC60 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
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