2021 Volvo S60 vs. 2020 Cadillac CT4 V-Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Cadillac CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The S60 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CT4 V-Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The S60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the CT4 V-Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CT4 V-Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The S60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the CT4 V-Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the CT4 V-Series.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 6 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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The S60 Recharge’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 75 more horsepower (400 vs. 325) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 380) than the CT4 V-Series’ 2.7 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the CT4 V-Series:

MPGe

S60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

CT4 V-Series

MPG

RWD

2.7 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.7 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the S60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the CT4 V-Series:

MPG

S60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

CT4 V-Series

RWD

2.7 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.7 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

The S60 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The CT4 V-Series must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CT4 V-Series:

S60 T5

S60 Polestar

CT4 V-Series

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The S60 has a standard space-saver spare (not available on Recharge) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CT4 V-Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the CT4 V-Series don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S60’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the CT4 V-Series (113.1 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the S60 is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the CT4 V-Series.

The S60 R-Design AWD handles at .91 G’s, while the CT4 V-Series AWD pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The S60 has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CT4 V-Series (96 vs. 90).

The S60 has 2.3 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT4 V-Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The S60 has a larger trunk than the CT4 V-Series (11.6 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S60 offers cargo security. The CT4 V-Series’ non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S60’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The S60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the CT4 V-Series’ (2000 vs. 1000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The S60 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CT4 V-Series uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the CT4 V-Series, the S60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The S60’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 CT4 V-Series’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the S60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CT4 V-Series can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The CT4 V-Series’ optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The S60’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the S60 and the CT4 V-Series offer optional heated front seats. The S60 T6/Recharge also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CT4 V-Series.

The S60’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CT4 V-Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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