New Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60: interior

The new plug-in hybrid version of Audi’s Q5 large SUV promises low running costs and stonking performance. Does that make it a match for its Volvo XC60 rival?...

Audi Q5 interior

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

We doubt that you’ll have many complaints about the driving position in either of these cars. Both have electric seat height adjustment and adjustable lumbar support to help you get comfy, although in the XC60 you have to slide the driver’s seat back and forth using your own bicep power, whereas it’s just a matter of pressing buttons in the Q5. Then again, most of our testers found the XC60’s seat comfier once everything was set up just so.

Volvo XC60 interior

Big windows make it fairly easy to see out of each car, although the XC60 has larger door mirrors. Both cars get front and rear sensors to help with parking and powerful LED headlights to give you longer-range vision at night.

Build quality is exemplary throughout the Q5, and each press of a button elicits a satisfying click. The XC60 is virtually on a par, though; it has one of the plushest interiors of any large SUV.


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