Volvo XC60 vs. Audi Q5, Lexus RX, and BMW X3: Compare Compact Luxury SUVs near Scranton

With its upscale accommodations, generous amenities, ample practicality, and cutting-edge tech features, the Volvo XC60 offers everything discerning drivers look for in a first-class utility vehicle. And with the added sophistication of Volvo's signature Scandinavian craftsmanship, it's one of the most appealing options in its segment. While there are plenty of luxury compact crossovers to choose from, the Volvo XC60 provides a compelling, well-rounded experience that stands out in the crowded class. To demonstrate, here's a look at how it measures up in key areas to three prominent competitors, the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Lexus RX.

Volvo XC60 vs. Audi Q5

Space and Versatility: The Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 have similarly sized interiors, with the XC60 offering a bit more legroom up front and headroom in the rear. However, if practicality is a priority on your list, you'll appreciate the XC60, which offers 29.7 cubic feet behind the second row and up to 64.6 behind the first. Comparatively, the Q5's cargo area measures 25.6 cubic feet with all seats in use and  54.1 with the second row folded.

Technology: While each model offers a well-equipped base trim level with driver-assistance technologies, the XC60 makes a few desirable technologies more accessible than the Q5. The XC60 comes standard with a 12-inch digital instrument panel, Volvo Sensus Navigation, Lane-Keep Assist, and wireless device charging-features that require a higher tier or extra expense in the Q5.

Performance: The Volvo XC60's three powertrain options are all more powerful than the Q5's commensurate offerings. The XC60's B5 turbocharged mild hybrid makes 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (Audi Q5 40 TFSI: 201 hp, 236 lb-ft), while the twincharged B6 adds a supercharger, increasing output to 295 horsepower and 310 lb-ft (Q5 45 TFSI: 261 hp, 273 lb-ft). Both models offer a plug-in hybrid variant, but the XC60 Recharge is superior, with 455 horsepower, 523 lb-ft of torque, and an EPA-estimated 35 pure-electric miles (Audi Q5 55 TFSI e: 362 hp, 369 lb-ft; EPA-est. 23 miles).



Volvo XC60 vs. BMW X3

Space and Versatility: Despite similarly sized accommodations, the Volvo XC60 offers more legroom passengers will appreciate on long journeys. It also provides a bit more practicality in the form of extra cargo capacity.

Performance: The Volvo XC60 and BMW X3 have base 2.0-liter turbo-four engines that are equally matched. However, the XC60 is also available as a Recharge plug-in hybrid model with 455 horsepower and an estimated 35 miles of pure-electric range (EPA-est. 61 MPGe). The BMW X3 has a 382-horsepower M40i variant, but the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine isn't as powerful and is far less efficient (EPA-est. 23 mpg).

Technology: The Volvo XC60 includes a comprehensive list of advanced driver aids on every trim. Many of the XC60's standard technologies either cost more in the BMW X3 or aren't available at all. Examples include rear cross-traffic alert, run-off road mitigation, oncoming lane mitigation, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, and driver alertness monitoring.

Volvo XC60 vs. Lexus RX

Space and Versatility: The Volvo XC60 (103-cubic-foot passenger area) is a bit roomier than the Lexus RX (99.8 cubic feet). But the difference in interior space becomes really apparent when measuring cargo capacities. The Volvo XC60 offers 29.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats compared to the scant 16 cubes in the RX 350. When comparing maximum cargo areas, the XC60's 64 cubic feet doubles the 32 cubic feet in the Lexus.

Performance: The XC60 B6 twincharged turbo-four has the same horsepower as the Lexus RX's 3.6-liter V-6 (295) but significantly more torque (310 vs. 267 lb-ft). If you're seeking a hybrid model for your Scranton commute, the 455-horsepower XC60 Recharge boasts EPA-estimated 63 MPGe and 35 miles of electric-only range (Lexus RX 450h: 308 horsepower; 30 mpg; no electric-only range).

Features: The Volvo XC60 and Lexus RX both offer nicely equipped base tiers. However, even with a lower starting MSRP, the XC60 has many more standard features than Lexus RX. No matter which XC60 trim you choose, you'll get amenities like a:

  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Steering-adaptive LED headlights
  • Panoramic moonroof and power sunshade
  • 12-inch fully digital gauge cluster
  • Sensus navigation
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Power-folding side mirrors

The Lexus RX reserves all of these features as costly add-ons.


Test-Drive a New Volvo XC60 near Wilkes Barre

Reach out to Ken Pollock Volvo Cars today for more information on the Volvo XC60's available features, financing offers, and reservation opportunities. And if you'd like to experience the XC60's accommodations, amenities, and performance firsthand, we welcome you to visit our Pittston dealership for a test drive. We'll be happy to show you around.

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