2019 Volvo V60 vs. 2019 Audi Q5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The V60 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Q5 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60’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 Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 V60 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 Q5.

Engine

The V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 68 more horsepower (316 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V60 gets better fuel mileage than the Q5:

 

 

 

MPG

V60

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/36 hwy

 

AWD

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

Q5

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

The V60 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Audi Q5 (3). This means the V60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q5 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the V60 T6’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

 

V60 T6

Q5

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

The V60 stops much shorter than the Q5:

 

V60

Q5

 

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The V60 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Q5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Q5 (113.1 inches vs. 111 inches).

The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the Q5 Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The V60 Inscription AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Q5 Prestige (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Q5’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The V60 is 9.1 inches shorter in height than the Q5, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Ergonomics

The V60 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Q5, the V60 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Q5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the V60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The V60 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Model Availability

The V60 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Q5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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