2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the QX30 and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The XC60’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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 QX30’s reliability 18 points higher than the XC60.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 23 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Volvo XC60:

 

QX30

XC60 T5

XC60 T6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.3 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.5 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

86.1 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the XC60:

 

 

 

MPG

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

XC60

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

 

 

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Transmission

The QX30 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 XC60 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the XC60:

 

QX30

XC60

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XC60 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the QX30 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.

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the XC60 T8 eAWD Momentum pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the XC60 T5 AWD Momentum (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the XC60’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the XC60’s (37.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the Volvo XC60.

The QX30 is 10.4 inches shorter than the XC60, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 7.3 inches shorter in height than the XC60, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the QX30 is 2.6 inches lower than the XC60 (16.4” vs. 19”). The QX30’s rear step up height is 2.3 inches lower than the XC60’s (17.2” vs. 19.5”).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 34% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XC60 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 with a number “5” insurance rate while the XC60 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because it costs $189 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the XC60, including $107 less for front brake pads, $166 less for a starter, $79 less for fuel injection and $385 less for a fuel pump.

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