2019 Audi S5 Sportback vs. 2019 Volvo S60

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 S5 Sportback. But it costs extra on the S60.

Both the S5 Sportback and the S60 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, 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 S5 Sportback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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 S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 99 more horsepower (349 vs. 250) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 33 more horsepower (349 vs. 316) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the S60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi S5 Sportback is faster than the S60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

S5 Sportback

S60

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

99.2 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S5 Sportback’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the S60:

 

S5 Sportback

S60

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The S5 Sportback stops shorter than the S60:

 

S5 Sportback

S60

 

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S5 Sportback has larger standard tires than the S60 (245/40R18 vs. 235/45R18). The S5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 (265/30R20 vs. 235/45R18).

The S5 Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60’s standard 45 series tires. The S5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the S60’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S5 Sportback offers optional 20-inch wheels. The S60’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the S5 Sportback uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, 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.

The S5 Sportback Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the S60 Polestar pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The S5 Sportback Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the S60 R-Design AWD (25 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Chassis

The S5 Sportback is 7.7 inches narrower than the S60, making the S5 Sportback easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the S5 Sportback is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60. 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.

Model Availability

The Audi S5 comes in coupe, convertible and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Volvo S60 isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

The Audi A5/S5/RS 5 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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