2019 Infiniti QX50 vs. 2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX50 Essential offers optional Backup Collision Intervention which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The QX50 Essential has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The S60 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 QX50 and the S60 Cross Country 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.


The QX50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The S60 Cross Country’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX50 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60 Cross Country. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 Cross Country ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 23rd in initial quality. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th.

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’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 11 places higher in reliability than Volvo.


The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (268 vs. 240) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX50 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the S60 Cross Country (24 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).


The QX50 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the QX50’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S60 Cross Country:



S60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11.9 inches

The QX50’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the S60 Cross Country are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX50 Essential’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 Cross Country (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX50 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S60 Cross Country. The QX50 Essential’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the S60 Cross Country.

The QX50 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the QX50 is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S60 Cross Country.

For better maneuverability, the QX50’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the S60 Cross Country’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX50 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the S60 Cross Country (8.6 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the QX50 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The QX50 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The QX50 has 11.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 Cross Country (104.4 vs. 93).

The QX50 has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 5.2 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60 Cross Country.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX50’s rear seats recline. The S60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the QX50 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the QX50 Essential, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a power trunk.


The QX50 Essential’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The QX50 Essential offers an optional 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 S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the QX50 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the S60 Cross Country can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the QX50 has a standard rear wiper. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the QX50 has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the QX50 Essential keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The QX50 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.


The Infiniti QX50 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by 32 units during 2017.

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