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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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the A7 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, 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 V60 Cross Country has not been tested, yet.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 third among midsize premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The V60 Cross Country 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.
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 V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
Regenerative brakes improve the A7’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 A7 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 A7 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
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 V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the A7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V60 Cross Country:
V60 Cross Country
For better traction, the A7 has larger standard tires than the V60 Cross Country (245/45R19 vs. 215/50R18). The A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 Cross Country (255/40R20 vs. 235/45R19).
The A7’s standard 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. The A7 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the V60 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the V60 Cross Country. The A7 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the V60 Cross Country.
The front and rear suspension of the A7 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 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 V60 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A7’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the V60 Cross Country (115.2 inches vs. 113.2 inches).
For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the V60 Cross Country’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.1 feet).
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 V60 Cross Country.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the A7’s rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.
The A7 has a much larger trunk than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat up (24.9 vs. 23.2 cubic feet).
The A7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the V60 Cross Country’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds).
The engine in the A7 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 A7’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 A7 has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the A7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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