2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 Cadillac XT5

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 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 XT5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the V60 and XT5 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 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 XT5’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 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 XT5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 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 XT5 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 V60’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 XT5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The V60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT5’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 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 XT5.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The XT5’s standard 170-amp alternator and largest (V6 without Towing Package) 155-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

The battery on the V60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The XT5’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 13 more horsepower (250 vs. 237) than the XT5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 105 more horsepower (415 vs. 310) and 223 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 271) than the XT5’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the V60 T5 is faster than the Cadillac XT5 V6:

V60

XT5

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.3 sec

17.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:

MPGe

V60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

XT5

MPG

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:

MPG

V60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

XT5

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The XT5 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the V60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XT5:

V60 T8

XT5

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The V60 stops shorter than the XT5:

V60

XT5

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The V60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the XT5 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The V60 Inscription AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT5 AWD (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the XT5’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The V60’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The V60 is 9.9 inches shorter in height than the XT5, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Towing

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The V60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT5’s (2000 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The V60’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 XT5’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the V60 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 XT5 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The V60’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 XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XT5 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 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The XT5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XT5’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60’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.

The V60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the XT5.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the XT5 because it costs $137 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the XT5, including $30 less for a water pump, $407 less for a muffler, $28 less for fuel injection, $463 less for a timing belt/chain and $380 less for a power steering pump.

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