2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country vs. 2020 Cadillac XT4

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 Cross Country 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 XT4 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V60 Cross Country’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XT4 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V60 Cross Country and XT4 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 XT4’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 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 XT4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 Cross Country 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 XT4 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the XT4.

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 XT4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 Cross Country and the XT4 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT4’s (12 vs. 6 years).

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. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XT4.

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 V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 13 more horsepower (250 vs. 237) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Cross Country T5 gets better fuel mileage than the XT4 AWD (22 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

Tires and Wheels

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The V60 Cross Country’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT4’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the XT4 (113.2 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the XT4.

The V60 Cross Country’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the XT4’s (58.4% to 41.6%). This gives the V60 Cross Country more stable handling and braking.

The V60 Cross Country handles at .82 G’s, while the XT4 Sport AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V60 Cross Country executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT4 Sport AWD (27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V60 Cross Country’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the XT4’s (37.1 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (8.3 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The V60 Cross Country has .8 inches more front hip room and 3.6 inches more rear hip room than the XT4.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 Cross Country has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XT4 with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 22.5 cubic feet). The V60 Cross Country has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (50.9 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport, 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.

The V60 Cross Country’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 XT4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The V60 Cross Country’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The XT4 Luxury’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XT4 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 V60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The XT4 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XT4 (except Luxury)’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60 Cross Country’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.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the V60 Cross Country to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XT4 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the V60 Cross Country owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V60 Cross Country will cost $230 to $1010 less than the XT4 over a five-year period.

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