Volvo XC60 vs Lexus NX & Audi Q5


Volvo XC60 vs. Lexus NX and Audi Q5: Compare Compact Luxury SUVs in Melbourne, FL

Offering an outstanding blend of luxury, performance, and practicality, the Volvo XC60 is one of the most well-rounded nameplates in the premium compact crossover class. It provides refined and roomy accommodations, flexible cargo options, and a wealth of appealing amenities. Convenient dimensions, confident handling, and an available plug-in hybrid powertrain make the XC60 ideal for Palm Bay drivers seeking city-friendly versatility without imposing space requirements. And with Volvo's signature Scandinavian design and craftsmanship on display, the XC60 is a segment standout.

Of course, Brevard drivers have more than a few options to choose from in the search for their next luxury crossover. But the Volvo XC60 provides a complete package that's tough to match. Here's a quick look at how it compares to a pair of prominent class competitors: the Lexus NX and Audi Q5.


Volvo XC60 vs. Lexus NX

Space and Practicality

Passengers will appreciate the interior space the Volvo XC60 offers compared to the Lexus NX. In the front, the XC60 provides 0.9 inches more headroom, 0.5 inches more legroom, and 1.9 inches more shoulder room. Roominess is even more apparent for rear-seat occupants, who will enjoy nearly two inches of extra legroom and 2.3 inches more shoulder room in the XC60.

If cargo space is a priority, the Volvo XC60 runs away with the victory, offering nearly 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats and up to 63.6 cubic feet with the second row folded. The Lexus NX falls far behind, with just 22.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 46.9 cubic feet behind the first.


The Volvo XC60's standard B5 powertrain is a 2.0-liter turbocharged mild-hybrid making 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, with an estimated 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds. The Lexus NX 250 shares a powertrain with the Toyota Camry-a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft) that needs ~8.5 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Both models offer plug-in hybrid options with ~35 miles of electric-only range. However, the XC60 Recharge is more exciting, producing up to 455 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque for a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds. The 304-horsepower Lexus NX 450h+ needs ~6.0 seconds to reach 60 mph.


While both models offer extensive features lists, the XC60 includes more amenities on its base trim. The XC60 comes standard with steering-adaptive headlights, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless phone charging, driver seat memory, and rear automatic braking-all features requiring a higher trim or package on the NX.


Volvo XC60 vs. Audi Q5

Space and Practicality

While the Volvo XC60 offers slightly more front legroom (+0.6 inches) than the Audi Q5, both models are both roomy crossovers with similar passenger accommodations. However, the XC60 provides better practicality, with 29.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 63.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Audi Q5 measures 25.6 and 53.5 cubic feet behind the second and first rows, respectively.


The Volvo XC60 offers two gasoline powerplants-a turbocharged 2.0-liter B5 (247 hp, 258 lb-ft) and twincharged 2.0-liter B6 (295 hp, 310 lb-ft)-both more powerful than the Q5's equivalent engines. The Audi Q5 40 TFSI makes 201 hp and 236 lb-ft, and the 45 TFSI produces 261 hp and 273 lb-ft

Both models offer an available plug-in hybrid powertrain, but the XC60 Recharge (455 hp, 523 lb-ft; ~35 miles pure-electric) boasts superior performance and better range than the Audi Q5 55 TFSIe (362 hp, 369 lb-ft; ~23 miles electric-only).

Available Features

Both models are impressively equipped across their respective lineups, including many standard driver-assistance technologies. However, the XC60's base trim includes Navigation and Lane-Keep Assist. Plus, Pilot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Centering, and a 360-degree camera system are all available on any tier. These features are only available on the Q5's higher trims.

Test-Drive a New Volvo XC60 in Melbourne, FL

Reach out to Volvo Cars Melbourne today to learn more about the Volvo XC60, its available options and financing opportunities, and how you can reserve a new Volvo tailored to your specifications. And if you'd like to see for yourself what elevates the XC60 over the competition, we welcome you to visit our Volvo dealership in Melbourne, where you can get behind the wheel for a test drive. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

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