New Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60: infotainment

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 infotainment


Audi Q5

The Q5 comes with an 8.3in display that’s controlled by a rotary dial between the front seats – much less distracting to use on the move than a touchscreen. All plug-in hybrid models come with a sat-nav system featuring 3D maps by Google and an online search function that means you don’t need to know the exact address of your destination. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is also standard.

Volvo XC60 infotainment

Volvo XC60

The portrait-orientated, tablet-like 9.0in touchscreen infotainment system in the XC60 could be easier to use – especially when you’re driving. Some of the icons displayed on it are too small to hit accurately, and there’s sometimes a long delay between you prodding the screen and anything actually happening. You also have to pay £300 extra for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. At least the screen is bright and its graphics sharp.

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