New Volvo XC60 vs Audi Q5 vs Porsche Macan
Volvo is once again ploughing its own furrow with the distinctive new XC60 SUV. Its goal: to beat the excellent Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan...
The Q5’s standard MMI system is a belter. Its 7.0in touchscreen and snappy menus are easily navigated via the rotary controller and shortcut buttons around the gear selector, and 4G internet comes as standard. The larger 8.3in screen shown is part of the Technology Pack (£1395), which also adds a touchpad for entering postcodes with your fingertip, a wireless smartphone charging mat and the 12.3in Virtual Cockpit display. A 180-watt stereo is standard.
Porsche’s standard PCM system is comprehensive. It provides onboard wi-fi and data to deliver live traffic reports, as well as apps that you can use via an iPhone to send navigation routes to the car or remotely check on its location. You can also use the apps to stream music while driving. The 7.0in touchscreen is clear and has useful physical shortcut buttons. Commands are processed reasonably promptly, although some of the menus can be confusing.
At first glance, Volvo’s Sensus system seems fabulous: a sharp-looking tablet-style 9.0in touchscreen with swipable menus like an iPad. In practice, it’s rather clunky, often taking time to react to commands, and with numerous menu layers and small icons, it’s very distracting to use on the move. It comes internet-connected for live traffic and weather reports, but Volvo On Call, which provides emergency assistance (something the Q5 has as standard), costs extra.