2020 Mercedes G-Class vs. 2020 Volvo XC60

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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 G-Class. But it costs extra on the XC60.

Both the G-Class and the XC60 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

The Mercedes G-Class weighs 1480 to 1941 pounds more than the Volvo XC60. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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There are over 28 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G-Class’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 20 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 Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 3 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The G-Class has more powerful engines than the XC60:

Horsepower

Torque

G 550 4.0 turbo V8

416 HP

450 lbs.-ft.

AMG G 63 4.0 turbo V8

577 HP

627 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mercedes G-Class is faster than the Volvo XC60:

G 550

AMG G 63

XC60 T5

XC60 T6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

4.1 sec

7.3 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

12.6 sec

15.5 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

108.9 MPH

86.1 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The G-Class has 7.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The G-Class has 7.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G-Class’ brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

G 550

AMG G 63

XC60 T5

XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

14.8 inches

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

The G-Class stops shorter than the XC60:

G-Class

XC60

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the G-Class has larger standard tires than the XC60 (275/55R19 vs. 235/60R18). The G-Class’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC60 (295/40R22 vs. 265/35R22).

The G 550’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 G 550 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XC60. The G-Class’ optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the XC60.

The G-Class has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the XC60; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the G-Class 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 greater off-road capability the G-Class has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XC60 (9.5 vs. 8.5 inches), allowing the G-Class to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The G-Class has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (107 vs. 103).

The G-Class has 3.9 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the G-Class’ rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The G-Class has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XC60 with its rear seat up (38.1 vs. 30.2 cubic feet). The G-Class has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (68.6 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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The G-Class’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC60’s (7000 vs. 3500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the G-Class is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC60. 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 Mercedes service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 30% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The G-Class’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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

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

The G-Class has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XC60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The G-Class’ Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The XC60 R-Design/Inscription’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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The G-Class was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2019. The XC60 has never been an “All Star.”

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