Volvo XC60 vs. Audi Q5

Discover How the Volvo XC60 SUV Compares to its Riverhead Competitor

Premium crossover SUVs have become extremely popular lately, thanks to their uncompromising combination of style, performance, versatility, and capability. Two of the top choices in this class are our Volvo XC60 and the Audi Q5, with each representing their respective brands with grace and elegance. We thought it would be interesting to see how these two standout SUVs fare when put in a head-to-head comparison against each other. Read on to see how things turned out.



When comparing each model's starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, the Volvo XC60 will cost a few thousand dollars less than the Audi Q5. That's for an XC60 that's equipped with front-wheel drive, though; adding all-wheel drive to the introductory XC60, in order to match the Audi's standard all-wheel drive, brings its price to just a few hundred dollars less than the Q5's.


They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we can't imagine anyone not finding these two models to be among the most alluring vehicles on the road today. The Volvo XC60 has an athletic, well-balanced stance that's more aggressively styled than the more rounded Audi Q5. Both SUVs feature iconic grilles that are embraced by LED headlights, with the XC60 featuring the signature "Thor's Hammer" light styling that Volvo is famed for.

Both interiors offer modern cabins that are highly appealing in their elegant approach to design. When it comes to interior comfort, the Volvo XC60 offers all passengers more legroom to stretch out on your Long Island commute. When the rear seats are upright, the Volvo XC60 offers 29.7 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Audi's 26.8 cubic feet; lower the rear seat, and the cargo space in the XC60 expands to 63.3 cubic feet, while the Q5's cargo area only provides 60.4 cubic feet.


Both the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 come with standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The Audi's engine delivers 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, nudging out the standard T5 engine at the heart of the XC60 and its output of 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

However, the Q5 offers no other engine options. The XC60 can be equipped with your choice of two available engines, each of which bests the Audi's performance. The T6 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine manufactures 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Then there's the innovative T8 plug-in hybrid engine, which teams that 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to generate 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque for Southampton drivers who want max power at their disposal.

Trim Levels

You have a greater variety of models to choose from when you're shopping the Volvo XC60 than you do with the Audi Q5. The XC60 is offered in Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Polestar Engineered trims, with both R-Design and Polestar Engineered trims offering a performance-oriented take on the sophisticated SUV. The Q5 limits you to Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim offerings, with none of the three getting tweaks that boost the vehicle's performance.


As you would expect of two luxury SUVs, these vehicles both come nicely equipped at even the introductory trim level. While they both offer many of the same amenities, such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated driver's seat, wireless cell phone hookup, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, and auxiliary audio input, the XC60 also offers standard features not found on the pricier Audi. These include remote start, satellite radio, a power sunroof, and mirror memory. To add some of these amenities to the Q5, you're going to have to upgrade to a higher trim level.


Both SUVs are loaded with the standard safety and driver assistance features that make the trip from Manorville to Ridge that much safer, like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, collision mitigation braking, daytime running lights, rearview camera, post-collision automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The XC60 offers even more standard safety features though, such as a driver alert monitor and a Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) that employs a specially designed seat to help protect both the driver and front-seat passenger from whiplash. The Audi Q5 doesn't offer either of these features.

Explore the Volvo XC60 at Eagle Volvo

We think you'll agree that, while both SUVs are stellar options, the Volvo XC60 is the better choice for Long Island families. When you're ready to meet with one of our team members and take a closer look at one of our models, contact us. We're always happy to answer any questions, explain features in depth, and arrange for you to take a convenient test drive.


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