Comparing the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5

29 05 2009

City Safety is standardThe 2010 Volvo XC60 and the 2009 Audi Q5 are similar midsize crossovers with identical MSRP pricing: $37,200. Similarities and safety features are two very different ways of judging cars. With similarities, it’s a matter of holding the clipboard straight and checking them off. With safety, it could be a matter of checking out.

The 2010 Volvo XC60 and 2009 Audi Q5 compete in one of the fastest growing automobile market segments—the compact premium crossover. When comparing the two, it would seem the two brand’s engineers did battle over the same computer network. Feature-for-feature, they are closely matched. Look closely and there are important differences, ones that could be matters of life.

It’s no surprise that the 2010 Volvo XC60 showcases world-class safety. Continuing Volvo’s quest as a pioneer and leader in vehicle safety systems, the XC60 introduces a new world’s first. City Safety is a driver support system aimed at preventing or mitigating collisions occurring at speeds up to 18 mph. It utilizes a closing velocity sensor to help determine whether a collision is likely. Depending on the closing speed, City Safety will either pre-charge the brakes or automatically brake the XC60 to help avoid a rear-end collision or lessen its impact. You won’t find anything remotely like it on the Audi Q5.

Perhaps this is the reason Audi describes the Q5 as a “crossover vehicle for luxury car buyers who otherwise might have considered buying the Lexus RX, the BMW X3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLK.” Audi may believe it is better to avoid direct comparison with the Volvo XC60.

Why Volvo XC60

  1. Audi’s first attempt at a crossover (unknown quality)
  2. Volvo provides more bang for the buck. For a comparable Audi add $10,000 to the MSRP.
  3. Volvo Provides better emissions, fuel economy.
  4. Higher clearance: Volvo 9.1inches Q5 7.9 inches.
  5. Volvo’s advanced Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC)
  6. City Safety System!!!!!<
  7. Space utilization, XC90 has 67.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity compared to the 57.3 cubic feet in the Q5.