2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Audi A6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The S60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The A6 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A6 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The S60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A6 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the A6 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A6.

Engine

The S60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 65 more horsepower (400 vs. 335) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 369) than the A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The S60 Polestar T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 80 more horsepower (415 vs. 335) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 369) than the A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the S60 Polestar T8 is faster than the Audi A6:

 

S60

A6

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.4 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.4 sec

12.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.9 MPH

102.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the A6 55 TFSI (74 city/74 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the A6 55 TFSI (29 city/34 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the A6:

 

 

 

MPG

S60

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/36 hwy

 

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl. Hybrid

29 city/34 hwy

 

 

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

A6

 

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

22 city/29 hwy

The S60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The A6 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The A6 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo S60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A6.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A6:

 

S60 Polestar

A6

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.3 inches

Chassis

The Volvo S60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the Audi A6.

The S60 is 7 inches shorter than the A6, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The A6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The S60 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A6 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The S60’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A6 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The S60 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A6 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Audi A6/S6 by 12% during 2018.

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