2021 Volvo XC60 vs. 2019 Audi e-tron

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Safety

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The Volvo XC60 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Audi doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the e-tron. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the XC60. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the e-tron.

The XC60’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 e-tron doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XC60 and the e-tron have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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 e-tron.

Reliability

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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.

Engine

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The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 13 more horsepower (415 vs. 402) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 490) than the e-tron’s electric motors.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The XC60 T8’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 537 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The e-tron’s range is only 204 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 9 hours.

Brakes and Stopping

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The XC60 stops much shorter than the e-tron:

XC60

e-tron

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

134 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the e-tron Prestige’s optional 45 series tires.

The XC60 T5/T6 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 e-tron; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 T6 AWD R-Design handles at .88 G’s, while the e-tron Prestige pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the e-tron’s (37.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

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The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1700 to 1850 pounds less than the Audi e-tron.

The XC60 is 8.4 inches shorter than the e-tron, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the e-tron with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 28.5 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the e-tron with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 57 cubic feet).

Towing

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The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the e-tron’s (3500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The XC60’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The e-tron’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XC60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The e-tron doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the e-tron only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the e-tron’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The XC60 R-Design/Inscription’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 e-tron doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The e-tron doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volvo XC60 and the Audi e-tron, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the XC60 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The e-tron isn’t in the top three.

The Volvo XC60 outsold the Audi e-tron by almost six to one during 2019.

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