2021 Volvo S60 vs. 2020 Cadillac CT5

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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 CT5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the S60 and CT5 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The CT5’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The S60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The CT5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 CT5 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’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 CT5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the CT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

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 CT5 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The S60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the CT5’s (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 CT5.

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 has more powerful engines than the CT5:

Horsepower

Torque

S60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

S60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

S60 Recharge 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

CT5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

237 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

CT5 3.0 turbo V6

335 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the S60 T6 is faster than the Cadillac CT5 2.0 turbo:

S60

CT5

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.2 MPH

91.9 MPH

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 CT5:

MPGe

S60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

CT5

MPG

RWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/25 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the S60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the CT5:

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

CT5

RWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/25 hwy

The S60 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The CT5 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 CT5 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 CT5:

S60 T5

S60 Polestar

CT5

CT5 Sport

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

The S60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CT5 are solid, not vented.

The S60 stops shorter than the CT5:

S60

CT5

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

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 CT5; it requires you to depend on its optional 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.

Suspension and Handling

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The S60 R-Design AWD handles at .94 G’s, while the CT5 Premium Luxury pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The S60 Polestar executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CT5 Sport (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.2 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the S60’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the CT5’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The S60’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the CT5 AWD’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The S60 is 6.4 inches shorter than the CT5, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The S60 has 1.6 inches more front hip room and .6 inches more rear headroom than the CT5.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CT5 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 CT5’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the S60 has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The CT5 doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Towing

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The S60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the CT5’s (2000 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CT5 Premium Luxury/Sport, 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.

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 CT5 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 CT5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The CT5 Premium Luxury/Sport’s 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 CT5 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 CT5.

Economic Advantages

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The S60 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the S60 will retain 40.05% to 43.62% of its original price after five years, while the CT5 only retains 39.16% to 39.64%.

Recommendations

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The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Cadillac CTS/CT5 by almost three to one during 2019.

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