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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What Car? team
21 July 2017

Our verdict

The XC60 will be just the ticket for certain people. If you’re a business user who has convenient access to charging points and does lots of short trips, you’ll be quids in after three years of ownership. However, it’s let down by its unwieldy handling and lumpy low-speed ride.

We’ve no complaints about the way the Q5 drives, though. Sure, it isn’t quite as quick, but it’s more than strong enough for all but the most hardened speed freaks, and you’ll much prefer its crisper handling and more comfortable ride. With even more impressive practicality inside and its lower ownership costs for private buyers, it’s an easy win for the Q5. Even so, the cheaper 2.0 TDI model is still a better buy for most.

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1st – Audi Q5

New Audi Q5 diesel vs Volvo XC60 hybrid

For More comfortable ride; better economy on long trips; bigger boot; agile handling

Against More suspension and engine noise; steering wheel could adjust more

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Volvo XC60

New Audi Q5 diesel vs Volvo XC60 hybrid

For Rapid acceleration; quieter and more frugal in town; cheap company car tax

Against Lumpy ride; wobbly handling; shrunken boot; thirsty when battery is flat

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q5 3.0 TDI quattro S line

Engine V6, 2967cc, diesel

List price £46,890

Target Price £43,260

Power 282bhp @ 3750-4000rpm

Torque 457lb ft @ 1500-3000rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 5.9sec

Top speed 147mph

Gov't fuel economy 48.7mpg

CO2 emissions 152g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC60 T8 R-Design

Engine size 4cyl, 1969cc, turbo/supercharged, petrol plus electric motor

List price £53,870

Target Price £49,624 (inc £2500 gov't grant)

Power 299bhp (petrol), 87bhp (electric)

Torque 295lb ft (petrol), 177lb ft (electric)

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 5.1sec

Top speed 140mph

Gov't fuel economy 122.8mpg

CO2 emissions 52g/km

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