Audi Q5 diesel vs Volvo XC60 hybrid

Should you choose plug-in hybrid or diesel power for your plush SUV? We pit the powerful Volvo XC60 T8 against Audi’s Q5 40 TDI to find the answer...

Audi Q5 side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

Yes, the Volvo XC60 T8 is capable of well over 100mpg, but only in very specific circumstances with plenty of battery charge. We managed around 37mpg over 50 miles or so with a combination of petrol and electric power. Once the battery is flat, expect that to drop by 10mpg. The Audi Q5 should get into the 40s on a long run but will be thirstier than the XC60 in town.

The XC60 makes an appealing company car, because you’ll pay about £2200 per year less in benefit-in-kind tax than you will with the Q5. The tables are turned for private cash buyers, though, with the Q5 working out much cheaper to run over three years – although the exact amount depends on how often you run the XC60 on electric-only power. The Q5 is also far cheaper on a PCP finance deal.

Volvo XC60 side

Both are five-star cars in Euro NCAP crash testing, but the XC60 performed even better than the Q5 in the individual categories. In fact, it’s one of the safest cars the organisation has ever assessed.