New Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60: verdict

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?...

New Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60

Our verdict

Like the choice between a halloumi burger and a plant-based one for a vegetarian, this is a tough decision. Both cars perform more than well enough in a number of key areas, but the Q5 is quieter, has a more compliant ride, is better to drive in electric-only mode and charges quicker. 

The XC60 follows it closely and is a tad more spacious, but that’s not enough to tip the scales in its favour, because the Q5 is still plenty practical enough for most. 

Depending on your circumstances, either of these cars could cost you less to run than a conventional large SUV, but the Q5 emerges as the smarter choice. 

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1st – Audi Q5 - 4 star

Audi Q5 rear

For Quieter; more flexible seating arrangement; more comfortable overall

Against Slightly smaller boot; pricier to buy than our preferred diesel version

Read our full Audi Q5 review >

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2nd - Volvo XC60 - 3 stars 

Volvo XC60 rear

For Near-perfect driving position; bigger discounts for private cash buyers

Against Slower to recharge; unsettled ride; fiddly infotainment system

Read our full Volvo XC60 review >

Find a great Volvo XC60 deal >

Specifications: Audi Q5 55 TFSIe quattro S line Competition

  • Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, petrol + electric motor 
  • List price £54,940
  • Target price £53,284
  • Power 361bhp @ 5000-6000rpm 
  • Torque 368lb ft @ 1600-45000rpm
  • Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
  • 0-60mph 5.4sec
  • Top speed 148mph
  • Official fuel economy 108.6mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG 30.4mpg (tested with empty battery)
  • CO2 emissions 49%/km

Specifications: Volvo XC60 T8 AWD R-Design Polestar

  • Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, petrol + electric motor
  • List price £55,750
  • Target price £50,252
  • Power 398hp @ 6000rpm 
  • Torque 486lb ft @ 2200-4800rpm 
  • Gearbox 8-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph 5.4sec
  • Top speed 140mph
  • Official fuel economy 122.8mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG 30.9mpg (tested with empty battery)
  • CO2 emissions 47g/km

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