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The XC60’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 XC60 and QX30 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 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 XC60 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 XC60 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.
To help make backing safer, the XC60’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 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Compared to metal, the XC60’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.
Both the XC60 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
The Volvo XC60 weighs 429 to 789 pounds more than the Infiniti QX30. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
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 QX30 has not been tested, yet.
The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX30’s (12 vs. 7 years).
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. 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 XC60’s warranty.
The XC60 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 XC60 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. The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 192 more horsepower (400 vs. 208) and 214 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Infiniti QX30:
Zero to 60 MPH
On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the QX30 AWD SMG (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 21 city/30 hwy).
The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The QX30 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 14.8 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX30 (3). This means the XC60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX30 every 15,000 miles.
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 QX30.
For better stopping power the XC60 T6/T8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:
The XC60’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.
For better traction, the XC60’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX30 (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The QX30’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The XC60 T5/T6 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.
The XC60 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 or off-road. The QX30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the QX30 (112.8 inches vs. 106.3 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.
The XC60 T6 AWD Inscription 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.
For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX30 (8.5 vs. 8 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The XC60 has 14.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (103 vs. 88.8).
The XC60 has .2 inches more front legroom, 4.3 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear legroom, 6.4 inches more rear hip room and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.
The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (50.6 vs. 34 cubic feet).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the QX30’s liftover is 28.1 inches.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC60’s optional 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 XC60 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.
The XC60 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.
The XC60 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The XC60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 XC60 and the QX30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XC60 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 XC60’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.
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 QX30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The QX30 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
Both the XC60 and the QX30 offer available heated front seats. The XC60 Inscription 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 XC60 Inscription 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 XC60’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the QX30, including $249 less for a water pump, $189 less for a muffler, $24 less for front struts, $449 less for a timing belt/chain and $957 less for a power steering pump.
The Volvo XC60 outsold the Infiniti QX30 by over four to one during 2018.
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