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The XC60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The QX50 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the XC60 and QX50 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 QX50’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 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. Infiniti doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the QX50. 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.
The XC60 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 QX50 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The XC60 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 QX50 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 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 QX50 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the XC60 and the QX50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX50 has not been fully tested, yet.
The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX50’s (12 vs. 7 years).
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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX50.
There are over 38 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the XC60 has a standard 800-amp battery (850 T8). The QX50’s 720-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
The battery on the XC60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XC60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The QX50’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
The XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 48 more horsepower (316 vs. 268) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 280) than the QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 132 more horsepower (400 vs. 268) and 192 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 280) than the QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 147 more horsepower (415 vs. 268) and 214 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 280) than the QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Infiniti QX50:
Zero to 60 MPH
On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the QX50 AWD (56 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/28 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the V60 T8 Polestar running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the QX50 AWD (26 city/28 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).
The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 19 miles. The QX50 must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX50 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XC60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The QX50 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The XC60 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX50 (18.5 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX50 (18.8 vs. 16 gallons).
The XC60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The QX50 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the QX50:
XC60 T8 P. E.
The XC60 stops much shorter than the QX50:
60 to 0 MPH
60 to 0 MPH (Wet)
For better traction, the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX50 (265/35R22 vs. 255/45R20).
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 QX50 Sensory/Autograph’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The QX50’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
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 QX50; it requires you to depend on its 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.
The XC60 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX50’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The QX50 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the QX50 (112.8 inches vs. 110.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX50.
The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the QX50 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The XC60 has 1.9 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.6 inches more rear hip room than the QX50.
The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the QX50’s (3500 vs. 0 pounds).
Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the QX50 (except Pure/Luxe), the XC60 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.
The power windows standard on both the XC60 and the QX50 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XC60 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX50 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
If the windows are left open on the XC60 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 QX50 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The XC60’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 QX50’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 XC60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The QX50 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the QX50’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The QX50 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The XC60’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Infiniti only offers heated mirrors on the QX50 Essential/Sensory/Autograph.
The XC60’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The QX50 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the XC60 and the QX50 offer available heated front seats. The XC60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX50.
The XC60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the QX50.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo XC60 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX50 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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 QX50 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the QX50 because typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the QX50, including $271 less for a water pump, $199 less for a muffler, $24 less for front struts, $462 less for a timing belt/chain and $872 less for a power steering pump.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volvo XC60 and the Infiniti QX50, 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 QX50 isn’t in the top three.
The Volvo XC60 outsold the Infiniti QX50 by 64% during 2019.
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