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Price issue: Audi Q5 against Volvo XC60

They both belong to the premium class, both are extremely popular: Audi Q5 per year were sold 2012 5 800, by July 2013 - 4 329, Volvo XC60 for 2012 - 6 472, by July 2013 - 2 571 instance. And yet, by and large - they are opposites: Scandinavian Volvo, all the forces trying to prove his right to be called a premium, and Audi, literally 15 years ago on the site of the former Swedes, and now doing everything (and has, incidentally, a good chance) to get ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz to become the leader in sales in this segment in the world. And, yes, we can throw tomatoes: for comparison, we chose a hybrid and diesel Q5 XC60.


Q5 - a reduced copy of a colleague Q7: similar proportions, aggressive, powerful, even slightly rude appearance. Volvo (we had a car 2013, not the 2014 model year) had a much more refined and elegant design, even though Audi is equipped with an S-Line package (original wheels, chrome grille, etc.) etc.). The brightest element of the exterior of the Swedish crossover is the bend of the rear pillars, in which lanterns are mounted. Perhaps not the most practical step, but it looks amazing. Q5 also has a trump card - a fashionable diode strip at the bottom of the headlamp. And yet in this component we give the advantage to the Scandinavian - 10-9 in favor of XC60.

Interior decoration

Usually, there is no comrade to the taste and color, they remember when they talk about the design of cars. In this case, it will be more appropriate when describing the interior decoration of crossovers. In the Audi buttons, a minimum: the washer on the central tunnel next to the gearshift lever and the most necessary keys, in the Volvo on the center console of the 47 buttons (including crash and shock absorber modes). Vkusovshina. Yes, of course, but I prefer the minimalism: in XC60, it's elementary to get confused in the keys, whereas in Audi everything is controlled by a joystick, which you can easily understand with intuition. In this case, the central console itself is more original in Volvo - here and the secret pocket, and the effect of floating plastic in the air.

Moreover, interior finishing ahead of Swedish crossover. The issue is not the quality of materials (plastics Audi soft and pleasant to the touch), but rather style. The combination of black plastic and silver metal inserts creamy beige leather seats looks amazing in Q5 are all plain and boring. Of course there are exceptions. Thus, the wheel at Audi (perforated leather, three against four spokes from a competitor, again a minimum of buttons) - easier and more expressive.

Finally, the organization of space for the driver. Seats in both cars are comfortable, with an impressive range of elektroregulirovok. They set up, obviously, for absolutely different type of riding. So, reclining Audi, thanks to the excellent maintenance and expression profile remarkably behave in dynamic driving, but in traffic, for example, seem harsh. In all Volvo diametrically opposite: more comfortable seats than sports.

The visibility of both crossovers is excellent: slightly worse on the Volvo (too massive front pillars), but the side mirrors are impressive in size. However, in Audi they are even more. The panels of the rivals are decorated differently: Volvo has two dials (speedometer and tachometer), inside - displays that display information from the computer, fuel level, temperature overboard and time; Audi has a screen with information between the tachometer and the speedometer, and to the left and to the right of them - the indicator of battery and fuel level. In terms of reading the information, both layouts are equally good: there are no problems at any time of the day. Although aesthetically, perhaps, the option of Volvo looks more attractive. The result is a draw - 10-10.


When creating these crossover companies, it seems, guided by a different philosophy. Q5 is built on the MLP modular longitudinal platform - on the same one that was first used in A5 and A4. Its main advantage - the ability to move forward the front axle, and the engine and gearbox - back, closer to the center of mass. This improves the weighting of the machine. XC60 based on the platform C1 Plus, which, for example, is based Land Rover Freelander. Audi wheelbase is larger (2 812 mm vs 2 774 mm for Volvo), the widths at shoulder level are almost equal to cars (1 465 in the front, 1 432 from behind - Q5, 1 439 and 1 403 - from Volvo). In the Swedish crossover there is more room for the head (1 003 mm vs. 990 mm for Audi, part of the space in which the sloping roof is stealing) and the legs of the rear passengers. Plus, in XC60, the second-row seats are slightly higher than the front, which provides excellent visibility. As a result, 10-9 in favor of Volvo.

Luggage compartment

In volume, both luggage compartments are approximately equal: 495 / 1 455 l from Volvo and 460 / 1 480 from Q5 Hybrid. The standard volume for Q5 is 540 / 1 560 L, but in this version a part of the useful space (specifically - the entire storage space) was "eaten" by a lithium-ion battery. However, the rear end of XC60 is fairly tucked away, which complicates the loading task. There is, again, a minus and Audi - the opening angle of the fifth door is much smaller than that of the competitor. The opening of the compartment, it seems, is already a bit narrower for Q5, but it is quite insignificant: this parameter is more than worthy for both rivals. But one more thing - the manual of Audi does not recommend carrying liquids in the trunk (they may spill onto the battery). The result is a draw 10-10.


Audi MMI against the multimedia system Volvo - is again a battle of individual preferences. Price Q5 Hybrid starts with 2 636 000 rubles, XC60 D4 c - with 1 674 000 rubles (version 2014 model year is slightly cheaper). That version of Audi that we had on the test, will cost 2 841 000 rubles, Volvo - in 2 450 000 rubles. The difference in cost is less than that of stock stacks, but still weighty. It's amazing, but it's Volvo that is richer. Here, for example, optional monitors are installed for the rear passengers, built into the headrests of the front seats. Rear seats in Volvo by the simplest, less than a minute, manipulations turn into children's - it's very convenient. The most amazing thing, however, is that there is no rear-view camera in Q5 - an option that seems to have been installed in all premium cars for a long time by default.

Audi have pluses and objective. Thus, even in the standard audio Q5 sounds better than the optional Premium Sound in Volvo. The Swedish car at high volume it crackles and emits strange clicks. Plus display on the center console at the German looks modern and has a large diagonal. And yet, in terms of price / grade Volvo wins with a clear advantage - 10-8.


The difference in horsepower from a huge car: 163 at Volvo, 211 - a gasoline unit Audi, yet 45 - in motor, the total installed power German - 245 horsepower. Even torque at Q5 more: 480 420 Nm against Swede. Accordingly, the dynamic characteristics of crossovers differ dramatically. Acceleration 100 km / h: 7,1 10,9 against seconds, top speed - 225 190 against km / h in favor Q5. Correct to compare the TRC's work and behavior on the road.

Six-speed "automatic» Volvo is not conducive to dynamic driving. In sharp upshifts and down felt significant delays. Yes, and quickly leave the place may be only in kickdown. Thus he diesel engine D4 volume 2,4 l - a miracle: a decent pickup for the entire speed range.

Tiptronic c eight stages mounted on the Audi, is incomparably more productive. On the pedal responds quickly communicate with wheels provides excellent, though under hard acceleration, if it needs to go a few steps down, thinks. Feature of this box - no torque converter. Instead, it is integrated into the crankcase motor-generator and two clutch operating in an oil bath. Plus, the electric motor not only saves fuel but also able at the right time to connect and give the necessary impetus to the auto overclocking.

On the road Q5 behaves more like a passenger car: the buildup of body and if there is, quite small. The center of gravity seems to be located as much as possible (for this class) low that provokes a dynamic ride. Volvo also burdened typical crossover outs: solid roll in corners and not too informative driving. But at XC60 much easier to set brakes dose efforts much easier. Audi, by virtue of a hybrid breed, however, even when lightly pressed on the pedal nodding. Yet Q5 great advantage: 10-8 in his favor.


Probably one of the most intriguing moments. Diesel or hybrid, that economical? Issues discussed constantly. Unfortunately, the contestants are very different in power, and therefore can hardly be absolutely objective assessment. However, each of the cars in the wording spent at least a month, so that the consumption data should be quite accurate (taking into account seasonality and driving style, of course).

So, XC60: consumption in a mixed cycle according to documents - 6,8 liters per 100 km of track; Q5 Hybrid - 6,9 l for 100 kilometers. For 1 950 kilometers, which we passed on the Swedish crossover, the average expense for checks for gasoline was 10,7 liters. For the first month of driving on Q5 (2 300 km), the result for the flow is 11,7 liters. The stock of "autonomous travel" on the battery on a hybrid when comparing cars can not be taken into account (it is only about three kilometers, and then at the speed of 60 kilometers per hour). It turns out, the difference in consumption is only 1 liter with a difference in power in 82 l. from. in favor of Audi. Volvo is more economical, but ... on the power / consumption ratio Audi is far ahead. The result: 10-9 in favor of the German.


Another parameter, directly indicating the completely different purpose of cars (at least, that people should buy cars of the opposite temperament). Volvo's suspension is initially softer: it can easily cope with both small irregularities and with serious pits. Plus the car has chassis settings. True, the difference between the Comfort, Sport and Advance modes, in my opinion, is absolutely insignificant (in sports, for example, the lateral rolls become slightly smaller). In any of them the car is extremely comfortable. While Audi, imperceptibly eating small bumps, on the big worries the driver and passengers. And in order for the buyer to enjoy the dynamic ride, the creators of the crossover had to make the suspension stiffer than the competitor. The result: 10-9 in favor of Volvo.


An important characteristic of the crossover - complete drive. They are equipped with both cars, but with different transmissions. In Q5 is responsible for this electro-slip differential Torsen. In Volvo XC60 choice is made in favor of the clutch Haldex, which not only provides a symmetric drive, but most of the time and transmits the maximum possible (90%) point to the front axle. The ratio between the axes changes only when slippage. Link can not be fixed on the axes in equal shares, which is a serious drawback, for example, while hanging on the rise.

The ground clearance at more at Volvo: 230 200 against millimeters. Accordingly, where XC60 passes quietly, Audi begins to scrape the bottom. Moreover, hybrid, unlike gasoline or diesel version, Q5 Hybrid has no protection of the power unit and the main gear - they are covered only plastic mudguards. Plus because of the battery car on 130 kg heavier than its cousin with the same petrol unit, and on the bottom are high-voltage wires - not the best help for overcoming the serious off-road. Even so: 10-9 in favor of Audi. Too good Torsen.


The price difference between the cars - a little less 400 000 rubles (those instances that we were on test) in favor of Volvo. In this automatic calculator gives CASCO insurance cost cars: minimum 87 000 rubles Q5, 80 000 - on XC60.

Volvo cost of ownership per year is estimated at about 44 000 rubles, Audi - about 65 000 rubles. At Volvo, however, has one serious drawback: this brand cars depreciate much faster than other premium competitors.

However, few people think about it, choosing a car. Based on the aggregate estimates, won in our opposition Swedish crossover: 86-85 in his favor. And, yes, indeed, for a city this car, perhaps, is more appropriate. However, fans and followers of the dynamics of a clean environment still choose Q5.

On materials:
Nicholas Zagvozdkin

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