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New Audi Q5 diesel vs Volvo XC60 hybrid

Plug-in hybrid or diesel power for your plush SUV? We pit the powerful Volvo XC60 T8 against Audi’s new Q5 3.0 TDI to find the answer

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Audi Q5 rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Unless you happen to be absurdly tall, you won’t have any issues with space in the front of either SUV. Both have plenty of cubbyholes for phones, drinks, toys and the like, too.

In the rear, neither car is cramped, although the XC60 has usefully more leg room. A standard panoramic glass roof eats into head room a little in the XC60, but no one is likely to grumble. With no panoramic roof fitted to our test car (but available for Β£1400), the Q5 is even more generous in this respect.

While they’re fairly even for passenger space, there’s a clear difference when it comes to the boot. The T8’s electrical hardware means there’s less room than you get in regular XC60s. We could get only seven carry-on cases in the boot, rather than the usual eight. As for the Q5, it can swallow an impressive nine cases.

You can also specify 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats in the Q5, complete with a sliding and reclining function (for Β£350). The XC60 makes do with a 60/40 split bench, although you can get an electric folding function (for Β£300). Electric tailgates are standard on both, while the optional air suspension brings a β€˜kneeling’ function that lowers the back of the car for easier loading.


Audi Q5

Official boot capacity 550-1550 litres Suitcase capacity 9

Even without the optional sliding and reclining rear seats, the Q5 is exceedingly practical. Its boot is significantly bigger than the plug-in hybrid XC60’s, thanks mostly to its extra depth, while head room is plentiful front and rear.

Volvo XC60

Official boot capacity 468-1395 litres Suitcase capacity 7

T8s have less luggage room than other XC60s because of the battery pack under the boot floor, but there’s more rear leg room than in the Q5. Standard panoramic roof reduces rear head room, but not by enough to ever be a problem.

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