2020 Cadillac XT6 vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the XT6 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The XC60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT6 offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The XC60 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the XT6 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 XC60 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the XT6 and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT6 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT6’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 14 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 Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 23rd in reliability. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Cadillac 1 place higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The XT6’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (310 vs. 250) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 258) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT6’s fuel efficiency. The XC60 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT6 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The XT6 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60’s standard fuel tank (22 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XC60.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XT6Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC60 (265/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The XT6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC60’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XC60.

The Cadillac XT6’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Volvo XC60 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the XT6 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, 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.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT6 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XC60.

Chassis

The XT6 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The XT6 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the XC60 can only carry 5.

The XT6 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XT6’s middle row seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The XT6’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC60.

XT6

XC60

Third Seat Folded

43.1 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

30.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

78.7 cubic feet

50.6 cubic feet

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Volvo XC60 is limited to 3500 pounds. The XT6 offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 40% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

The XT6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XT6’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the XT6 has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The XT6 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the XC60.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac XT6 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XC60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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