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Both the V60 Cross Country and A5 Sportback have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country 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 A5 Sportback’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 V60 Cross Country’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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the V60 Cross Country and the A5 Sportback 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A5 Sportback.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 210-amp alternator. The A5 Sportback’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (optional) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 800-amp battery. The A5 Sportback’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 31st in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 32nd.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V60 Cross Country higher (5 out of 10) than the Audi A5 Sportback (3). This means the V60 Cross Country produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A5 Sportback every 15,000 miles.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60 Cross Country, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A5 Sportback.
The V60 Cross Country has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the A5 Sportback; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the A5 Sportback (113.2 inches vs. 111.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the A5 Sportback.
For better maneuverability, the V60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the A5 Sportback’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).
The V60 Cross Country has 1 inch more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the A5 Sportback.
The V60 Cross Country has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The A5 Sportback has no towing capacity.
The V60 Cross Country has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the A5 Sportback, the V60 Cross Country offers an optional 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.
If the windows are left open on the V60 Cross Country 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 A5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V60 Cross Country has a standard rear wiper. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the V60 Cross Country has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights. The V60 Cross Country also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the V60 Cross Country to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The V60 Cross Country offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the A5 Sportback.
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