Premium SUV battle: 2018 Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60

The new Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 have just been launched in India and both are capable in one way or the other. We have driven both these SUVs a few days back and hence, this honest comparison will tell you which SUV to buy on the basis of your needs.

By: and | Updated: January 20, 2018 8:00 PM
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The new Audi Q5 and 2018 Volvo XC60 are the latest additions to the aspirational premium SUV segment, a space that has been on the rise despite the addition of cess and higher GST rates. This space has traditionally been dominated by the likes of BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLE but these two new ones from Audi and Volvo right now will see more interest and will especially allure first time buyers in this space. Both the cars come with a powerful yet efficient engine, scored the most in safety and is loaded with on-board technology. We compare both 2018 Audi Q5 and new Volvo XC60 to help you choose between the two.

Design: 2018 Volvo XC60 vs 2018 Audi Q5

Both the new Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 are bold, aggressive and stylish looking SUVs and carries a new design language when compared to its predecessors. Volvo XC60 gets the Volvo’s family design language that features a bold front grille on the face of the SUV and also incorporates Thor’s hammer sideways making it a T-Shaped headlight layout. Audi Q7 carries the similar big massive stance of the SUV and the front of the SUV now resembles to that of its elder sibling Audi Q7. Audi Q5 gets a sharper and more elegant appeal. The LED DRLs along with the headlamp cluster add a flair of sharpness to the design, giving it the much-needed sleekness. Both Volvo XC60 and Audi Q7 SUVs look mini variants of Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 SUVs.

Interiors: New Volvo XC60 vs New Audi Q5

The interiors of the new Volvo XC60 comes with a mixture of good quality plastics, matte wood and chrome. The cabin has a good amount of luxury and comfort and once you are in, you will feel all your spent money completely worth. However, the space inside is not as much as the Volvo XC90 but still, you will not complain while going on long trips. The cushioned massage seats and the Bowers & Wilkins sound system are some other add-ons in the cabin that gives the new Volvo XC60 the style and status. On the other hand, the interiors of the new 2018 Audi Q5 will remind you of the cabin of its elder sibling, the Q7. The seats are apt to offer great comfort and the rear ones can also be reclined for an increased legroom. Audi has offered multiple small utility spaces inside and these can be very useful, especially on long drives. The SUV receives wireless charging for smartphones and the company claims that this technology uses the car's antenna for better signal reception and hence, improves the quality of voice calls.

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Engine: New Volvo XC60 vs New Audi Q5

Both Volvo XC60 and Audi Q7 SUVs are powered by a diesel engine and we expect both Volvo Cars India and Audi India to rollout the petrol version of these SUVs sometime later in 2018. The Volvo XC60 is powered by a 4-Cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine which is a sub-2L engine block shedding a power of 235 hp and 480 Nm of torque. Volvo’s engine is quicker and more powerful than the 2.0 TDI engine on the Audi Q5. Audi claims that the engine is now eight percent more powerful at 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

On the transmission end, Volvo XC60 gets an 8-speed automatic gearbox and the Audi Q5 engine is mated to a to a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox.

Engine 2018 Volvo XC60 2018 Audi Q5
Displacement 2.0-L diesel 2.0L TDI diesel
Power 235 hp 190 hp
Torque 480 Nm 400 Nm
Gearbox 8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed S Tronic dual clutch

Price: New Volvo XC60 vs New Audi Q5

The new Volvo XC60 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 55.90 lakh. The XC60 stands high on the safety factor and comes with radar-based safety features giving it an edge over its competition. Add to that the Swedish charm that clearly reflects inside the cabin of the new Volvo XC60 and also outside, the SUV is a pure looker. The new XC60 can be a perfect pick for someone for whom safety comes first and luxury second. On the other hand, the 2018 Audi Q5 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 53.25 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi) and hence, is slightly cheaper than its Swedish rival. The new Q5 sees some significant improvement over the previous model. The new Audi Q5 can be a perfect pick for those who are in favour of off-road biased weekend getaways and want a practical and luxurious car at the same time.

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