2021 Volvo XC60 vs. 2020 Jaguar E-Pace

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Safety

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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 E-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar E-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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. Jaguar doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the E-Pace. 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 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 E-Pace 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.

Both the XC60 and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 E-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the E-Pace’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 60 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the XC60’s reliability 14 points higher than the E-Pace.

Engine

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The XC60 has more powerful engines than the E-Pace:

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 P.E. 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

E-Pace P250 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

246 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

E-Pace R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the E-Pace P250:

XC60

E-Pace

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.6 sec

13.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

85.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 Recharge running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace:

MPGe

XC60

AWD

Electric Motor

56 city/57 hwy

E-Pace

MPG

AWD

P250 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the E-Pace:

MPG

XC60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

26 city/28 hwy

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

E-Pace

AWD

P250 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 19 miles. The E-Pace must run its internal combustion engine to move.

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Pace:

XC60 T8 P. E.

E-Pace

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The XC60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the E-Pace are solid, not vented.

The XC60 stops much shorter than the E-Pace:

XC60

E-Pace

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Pace (265/35R22 vs. 245/45R21).

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-Pace’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 E-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the E-Pace (112.8 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the E-Pace.

The XC60 T6 AWD R-Design handles at .88 G’s, while the E-Pace SE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the E-Pace SE (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the E-Pace’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the E-Pace (8.5 vs. 8 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has 1.4 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the E-Pace with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

The XC60’s cargo area is larger than the E-Pace’s in almost every dimension:

XC60

E-Pace

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.8”/68.7”

31.7”/61.7”

Max Width

43.5”

51.6”

Min Width

39.8”

41.6”

Height

30.6”

29.4”

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the E-Pace, 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.

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 E-Pace can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC60 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The E-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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 E-Pace.

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 E-Pace doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volvo XC60, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar E-Pace isn't recommended.

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-Pace isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Volvo XC60 outsold the Jaguar E-Pace by over six to one during 2019.

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