New Volvo XC60 vs Audi Q5 vs Porsche Macan

Volvo is once again ploughing its own furrow with the distinctive new XC60 SUV. Its goal: to beat the excellent Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan

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New Volvo XC60 with Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan

Our verdict

Add up the star ratings and it’s clear that the Q5 is the easy winner – a true five-star car. Even tested here on perhaps the worst suspension option for demonstrating its key asset (a comfortable ride), it’s hardly a bone-shaker.

We were also surprised at just how well it compares with the Macan to drive on a fast, twisty road. It’s easily the most practical, too.

These days, there’s no doubt that Volvo is a major player in the premium market, and the XC60 is an immensely stylish car. So, it grabs your attention and impresses with its rear seat space, driving position and safety kit. However, it can’t match the Q5 in several key areas, including costs, handling, boot space and infotainment.

Finally, the Macan. While PCP finance payments are reasonable compared with the XC60, it’s still pricey to run and the least practical. However, as a fast SUV that dynamically surpasses all of its rivals, it’s a mightily impressive thing.

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1st – Audi Q5

For Quietest engine; nimble handling; superb interior quality; best infotainment; flexible rear seats; biggest boot

Against Optional Sport suspension gives slightly lumpy ride; road noise

Must-have options Air suspension (Β£2000), sliding rear seats (Β£350)

Rated 5 out of 5

2nd – Volvo XC60

For Comfiest driving position; smoothest motorway ride on optional air suspension; smart, well-made interior; most rear leg room

Against Sloppy handling and mixed ride on air suspension; clunky infotainment

Must-have options Intellisafe Pro Kit (Β£1500)

Rated 4 out of 5

3rd – Porsche Macan

For Stonking pace; superb handling for an SUV; decent ride on air suspension; fine build quality; respectable PCP finance rates

Against Priciest to run; least rear seat space; smallest boot; poor level of safety equipment

Must-have options Air suspension (Β£1860)

Rated 3 out of 5

Specifications: Audi Q5 2.0 TDI 190 quattro S line

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£41,085

Target Price Β£38,874

Power 188bhp @ 3800-4200rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-3000rpm

0-60mph 7.9sec

Top speed 135mph

Gov't fuel economy 55.4mpg

True MPG 41.0mpg

CO2 emissions 133g/km

Porsche Macan 3.0 S Diesel

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel

List price Β£48,289

Target Price Β£48,289

Power 255bhp @ 1750-2500rpm

Torque 428Ib ft @ 4000-4250rpm

0-60mph 5.9sec

Top speed 142mph

Gov't fuel economy 46.3mpg

True MPG 32.8mpg

CO2 emissions 159g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC60 2.0 D4 R-Design AWD

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£39,705

Target Price Β£39,705

Power 188bhp @ 4250rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-2500rpm

0-60mph 8.5sec

Top speed 127mph

Gov't fuel economy 54.3mpg

True MPG 36.5mpg

CO2 emissions 136g/km

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