2020 Audi A7 vs. 2020 Volvo S60

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A7. But it costs extra on the S60.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A7 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 S60 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the A7 and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A7 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 third among midsize premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The S60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 22 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 85 more horsepower (335 vs. 250) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 19 more horsepower (335 vs. 316) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the S60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A7 is faster than the S60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

A7

S60

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.2 sec

9.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.9 sec

14.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.7 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The A7 has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.3 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The A7 has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.3 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

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The A7 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 S60 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The A7’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 S60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A7’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the S60:

A7

S60

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The A7 stops shorter than the S60:

A7

S60

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A7 has larger standard tires than the S60 (245/45R19 vs. 235/45R18). The A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 (255/40R20 vs. 235/45R18).

The A7 Prestige’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S60. The A7 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the S60.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the A7 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, 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 A7 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 S60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A7’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the S60 (115.2 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A7 is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the S60.

The A7’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.9% to 46.1%) than the S60’s (55% to 45%). This gives the A7 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the S60’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the A7 a Mid-size car, while the S60 is rated a Compact.

The A7 has 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the A7’s rear seats recline. The S60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Towing

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The A7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the S60’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the A7 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S60. 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.

Ergonomics

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The A7’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S60 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 A7 has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A7 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The S60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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The A7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A7 will retain 36.74% to 37.64% of its original price after five years, while the S60 only retains -498.28% to 42%.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 first among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The S60 was rated second in its category.

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