2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe 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 Cayenne Coupe. But it costs extra on the XC60.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Cayenne Coupe 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 Cayenne Coupe and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Porsche Cayenne Coupe weighs 589 to 1769 pounds more than the Volvo XC60. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 18 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 Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 96 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 18 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The Cayenne Coupe has more powerful engines than the XC60:

Horsepower

Torque

Cayenne Coupe 3.0 turbo V6

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne S Coupe 2.9 turbo V6

434 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

455 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

541 HP

568 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

670 HP

663 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Cayenne Coupe’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 31 miles, 63% further than the XC60 T8’s 19 mile range.

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Cayenne Coupe’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Volvo only offers a regenerative brake system on the XC60 T8.

The Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Cayenne Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 4.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60’s standard fuel tank (23.7 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Transmission

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The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 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 XC60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cayenne Coupe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

Cayenne Coupe

Cayenne Coupe

XC60 T5

XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

17.3 inches

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

16.1 inches

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

The Cayenne Coupe offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The XC60 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne Coupe Turbo has standard air brakes, which adjust the spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The XC60 doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cayenne Coupe has larger standard tires than the XC60 (F:275/45R20 & R:305/40R20 vs. 235/60R18). The Cayenne Coupe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC60 (F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. 265/35R22).

The Cayenne Coupe’s standard 275/45R20 front and 305/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC60’s standard 60 series tires. The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne Coupe has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XC60. The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the XC60.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cayenne Coupe offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The XC60 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Cayenne Coupe 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.

The Cayenne Coupe offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Volvo doesn’t offer an active suspension on the XC60.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cayenne Coupe’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the XC60 (114 inches vs. 112.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cayenne Coupe is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the XC60.

For greater off-road capability the Cayenne Coupe Air Suspension has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XC60 (9.6 vs. 8.5 inches), allowing the Cayenne Coupe to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cayenne Coupe’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Towing

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The Cayenne Coupe’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC60’s (7700 vs. 3500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Cayenne Coupe 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 Porsche service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 53% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The Cayenne Coupe’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Cayenne Coupe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XC60 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

The Cayenne Coupe’s 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.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Cayenne Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XC60 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

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