Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Volvo XC60 VS 2016 Audi A7 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Volvo XC60

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2016 Audi A7

Safety Comparison

The Volvo XC60 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Audi doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the A7. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The XC60 offers an optional Park Assist Camera - Front Blind View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The A7 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The XC60’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The XC60 has standard Volvo On Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A7 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the XC60 and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 47 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A7.

There are over 33 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The XC60 T6’s optional 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volvo XC60 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on XC60 T5 for maximum performance). The A7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the A7’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The XC60 is 1 foot shorter than the A7, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The XC60 has 2.2 inches more front headroom and 2.9 inches more rear headroom than the A7.

Ergonomics Comparison

The XC60 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear wiper. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

When the XC60 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The A7’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the XC60 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XC60 will cost $8425 to $8905 less than the A7 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the A7 because it costs $446 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the A7, including $250 less for a water pump, $51 less for an alternator, $19 less for front brake pads, $434 less for a starter, $154 less for fuel injection, $2721 less for front struts, $1406 less for a timing belt/chain and $4512 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo XC60 will be $22826 to $33902 less than for the Audi A7.

Recommendations Comparison

The Volvo XC60 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

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Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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The Volvo XC60 outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by over two to one during 2014.

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