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

With its classy cabin, cutting-edge technology, and sophisticated style, the Volvo XC60 is an appealing choice for discerning Orange County drivers seeking a first-class upgrade for their daily commute. This luxury compact crossover is practical and accommodating, with plush seating, flexible cargo capacity, and abundant amenities. And with a trio of potent yet efficient powertrain options, the XC60 delivers dynamic and engaging performance without compromising comfort or refinement.

The Volvo XC60 is available to drivers from Newport Beach to Fullerton here at Volvo Cars Orange County in Santa Ana. While the luxury SUV segment offers plenty of options to choose from, the XC60 provides a superbly well-rounded package that stands out in the crowded class. Here's a quick look at how it compares to three prominent competitors: the Audi Q5, Lexus RX, and BMW X3.


Volvo XC60 vs. BMW X3

Space and Versatility: Despite similarly sized cabins, your passengers will appreciate the Volvo XC60's extra legroom compared to the BMW X3. The XC60 also provides a little more cargo space.

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

Technology: Volvo equips the XC60 with a comprehensive roster of cutting-edge driver-assist features on every trim. Many of the XC60's standard technologies either cost more on the X3 or aren't available, including run-off road mitigation, oncoming lane mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, a wireless charging pad, and a driver alertness monitor.

Test-Drive a New Volvo XC60 near Huntington Beach

If you would like more information about the Volvo XC60 and its available features, financing offers, or reservation opportunities, reach out to Volvo Cars Orange County at your convenience. And if you'd like to experience for yourself what sets the XC60 apart from the competition, we welcome you to visit our Santa Ana Volvo dealership, where you can get behind the wheel for a test drive. We'll be happy to give you a tour.

Volvo XC60 vs. Lexus RX

Space and Versatility: With 103 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Volvo XC60 is a bit roomier than the Lexus RX's 99.8 cubic feet. But the difference in interior space becomes really stark when comparing cargo capacity. The Volvo XC60 offers 29.7 cubic feet with all seats in use and nearly 74 cubic feet with the second row folded. The RX 350's cargo area measures a scant 16 cubic feet behind the second row and 32.6 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded.

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.

Performance: The XC60 B6 twincharged turbo-four has the same horsepower as the Lexus RX's 3.6-liter V-6 (295) but appreciable more torque (310 vs. 267 lb-ft). If you're interested in a hybrid, the XC60 Recharge boasts 455 horsepower, 523 pound-feet of torque, and an EPA-estimated 63 MPGe, with 35 miles of electric-only range (Lexus RX 450h: 308 horsepower, 247 lb-ft; 30 mpg).



Volvo XC60 vs. Audi Q5

Space and Versatility: The Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 have similarly sized cabins, with the XC60 providing slightly more front legroom and rear headroom. However, if utility is a priority, you'll appreciate the XC60's larger cargo area. It offers 29.7 cubic feet behind the second row, which you can expand to 64.6 cubic feet by folding the rear seatbacks. The Q5's storage measures 25.6 behind the second row and 54.1 behind the first.

Technology: While both models have base trims with several driver-assistance features, the Volvo XC60 makes many technologies more accessible than the Audi Q5. For example, the XC60 comes standard with Volvo Sensus Navigation, Lane-Keep Assist, a 12-inch digital instrument panel, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and keyless entry. To get comparable amenities on the Audi Q5 requires a higher trim or extra charge.

Performance: The Volvo XC60 offers three powertrain options, all more powerful than the Q5's commensurate engines. The XC60's base B5 powertrain is a turbocharged mild hybrid with 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (Audi Q5 TSFSI: 201 horsepower 236 lb-ft). If you want more internal motivation for your Irvine commute, the twincharged B6 adds a supercharger to the mix, increasing output to 295 horsepower and 310 lb-ft (Audi Q5 45 TFSI: 261 hp, 273 lb-ft).

Finally, if you're seeking a superb mix of performance and efficiency, the XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid produces an authoritative 455 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque and can travel an EPA-estimated 35 electric-only miles. The Audi Q5 TFSI has considerably less power (362 hp, 369 lb-ft) and a shorter electric range (EPA-est. 23 miles).

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