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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Allroad Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the A6 Allroad and the V60 Cross Country 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Audi A6 Allroad weighs 484 pounds more than the Volvo V60 Cross Country. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A6 Allroad its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V60 Cross Country has not been tested, yet.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 10 places higher in reliability than Volvo.
The A6 Allroad’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 85 more horsepower (335 vs. 250) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
Regenerative brakes improve the A6 Allroad’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The A6 Allroad has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 Cross Country (19.3 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The A6 Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The A6 Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the A6 Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:
V60 Cross Country
For better traction, the A6 Allroad has larger tires than the V60 Cross Country (245/45R20 vs. 215/50R18). The A6 Allroad’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 Cross Country (245/45R20 vs. 235/45R19).
The A6 Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V60 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 Allroad has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the V60 Cross Country. The V60 Cross Country’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The front and rear suspension of the A6 Allroad uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60 Cross Country, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
The A6 Allroad has a standard 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 V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A6 Allroad’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the V60 Cross Country (115.2 inches vs. 113.2 inches).
For better maneuverability, the A6 Allroad Prestige w/All-Wheel Steering’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the V60 Cross Country’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.1 feet).
The A6 Allroad has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 Cross Country (99 vs. 94).
The A6 Allroad has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60 Cross Country.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the A6 Allroad’s rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.
The A6 Allroad has a much larger cargo volume than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat up (30 vs. 23.2 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the A6 Allroad’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The engine in the A6 Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V60 Cross Country. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.
The A6 Allroad’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A6 Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The A6 Allroad has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the V60 Cross Country.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A6 Allroad has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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