2019 Volvo V60 vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The V60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The QX30 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V60 and QX30 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The QX30’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The QX30 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the V60’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the QX30 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 blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Volvo V60 weighs 480 to 917 pounds more than the Infiniti QX30. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The V60’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX30’s (12 vs. 7 years).

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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX30.

There are over 40 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the V60’s warranty.

Engine

The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (250 vs. 208) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 108 more horsepower (316 vs. 208) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the V60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Infiniti QX30:

 

V60

QX30

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.3 sec

18.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V60 gets better fuel mileage than the QX30:

 

 

 

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

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

The V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14.8 gallons).

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 QX30 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 Infiniti QX30 (3). This means the V60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX30 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 QX30.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the V60 T6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:

 

V60 T5

V60 T6

QX30

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the QX30 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

The V60 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 QX30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the QX30 (113.1 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.

The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the QX30 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The V60 has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (94 vs. 88.8).

The V60 has 1 inch more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

Cargo Capacity

The V60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The V60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (50.9 vs. 34 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the V60’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The QX30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the V60 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just waving your foot, completely leaving your hands free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The V60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The V60 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the V60 and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the V60 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The V60’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The QX30’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The V60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the V60 and the QX30 offer available heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX30.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The QX30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the V60’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Infiniti QX30 by 47% during 2018.

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