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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20 Jul 2017 15:20 | Last updated: 21 Sep 2018 16:8

Infotainment systems

Audi Q5

New Audi Q5 diesel vs Volvo XC60 hybrid

Apart from entry-level SE trim, all Q5s come with sat-nav as standard. This is displayed by a 7.0in screen that can be upgraded to 8.3in (pictured) as part of a £1395 Technology Pack. The system has an easy-to-use rotary dial controller in front of the gear selector, while the screen’s graphics are sharp. The menus are easy to navigate, while a DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard.


Volvo XC60

New Audi Q5 diesel vs Volvo XC60 hybrid

All XC60s come with an upright, tablet-style 9.0in touchscreen that includes a DAB radio, sat-nav and Bluetooth. The graphics are sharp, but the menus take a little bit of getting used to. Thankfully, you soon learn to swipe through screens to get the function you want or use the standard voice control. However, the system is slower to respond to inputs than the Q5’s and you’ll have to pay £300 extra to get Apple and Android smartphone mirroring.