Volvo vs. Audi: Which is Better for Lancaster Drivers?

As the luxury market becomes increasingly competitive, head-to-head comparisons become more common. Volvo and Audi are two examples. Both offer a premium lineup that includes luxury sedans, wagons, and SUVs, and, at first glance, they appear quite similar. However, a closer inspection reveals that Volvo comes out on top in a number of areas.

One major area in which Volvo positions itself above Audi is in the warranty. Both Volvo and Audi offer similar 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranties, as well as a 4-year/50,000-mile power train limited warranties. However, according to a recent report by Edmunds, Volvo’s free maintenance program is vastly superior to that of Audi. New Volvo vehicles are covered for three years/36,000 miles, and the program includes coverage of the first three factory scheduled maintenance services, set at 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 miles. This can save customers more than $1,200. Conversely, Audi currently offers a paltry one-year/10,000 mile program, and overall savings of less than $200. 1

But what if we compare individual vehicles head-to-head? Well, let’s start with the flagship SUVs. Volvo’s stately XC90 vs. Audi’s Q7. Both offer powerful standard engines, but the XC90 is boasts better combined fuel efficiency. The XC90 is offers a gas/electric hybrid model, while the Q7 does not. The 2.0-liter engine is both turbocharged and supercharged, and paired with an electric motor it outputs 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, and boasts an all-electric range of 17 miles.

Comparing the slightly smaller XC60 and the Audi Q5 results in more of the same. The XC60 delivers greater highway fuel economy and more cubic-feet of cargo space. It’s also rated a 2019 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety2. The Audi Q5 was unable to secure this years IIHS TSP rating.

Lastly, let’s look at the Volvo S60 vs. the Audi A4. Both are similarly priced compact luxury sedans with quiet cabins, loads of standard and available technologies, and executive style. However, the Audi A4’s engine leaves a lot to be desired. Rated at just 188 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, it is dwarfed by the 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque of the base S60 T5. The S60 also offers two more engines, for a total of three options, and both offer much more power than the second engine option of the A4.

If you’re in the market for a new luxury car or SUV, why not visit Stadel Volvo in East Petersburg and experience for yourself what separates Volvo from the competition. We’re just a few miles outside downtown Lancaster, and we would love to set you up with a test drive.

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