2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XC60 and Allroad have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 Allroad’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 XC60’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 Allroad doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XC60 and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Allroad was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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 Allroad.

Engine

The XC60 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 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 152 more horsepower (400 vs. 248) and 199 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 273) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T8 is faster than the Audi Allroad:

 

XC60

Allroad

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The Allroad must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Allroad doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (18.8 vs. 15.3 gallons).

The XC60 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo XC60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XC60 T6/T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Allroad:

 

XC60 T6/T8

Allroad

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

The XC60 stops shorter than the Allroad:

 

XC60

Allroad

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XC60’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Allroad (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Allroad doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Allroad (112.8 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Allroad.

The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .87 G’s, while the Allroad Prestige pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (8.5 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The XC60 has 11 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (103 vs. 92).

The XC60 has .2 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

Cargo Capacity

The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume than the Allroad with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 24.2 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Allroad doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The XC60 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Allroad, the XC60 R-Design/Inscription has a 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.

If the windows are left open on the XC60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The XC60’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Allroad’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The XC60’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the XC60 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Allroad’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XC60’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 Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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