How Our Volvo XC60 Shines After an Acura RDX Weekend

I have grown accustomed to the XC60’s soft manners, including its easy handling, unassuming powertrain, and airy cabin. When I took home our long-term Acura RDX one weekend, the Volvo’s focus on comfort became apparent. Sharper steering makes the RDX feel like a smaller vehicle than the Volvo, and I enjoyed the Acura’s sporty throttle response. The sport seats on our RDX A-Spec tester, donning leather with faux suede inserts, feel more comfortable and supportive, plus they have ventilation. Side note: I appreciate the storage space underneath the center console. At $46,895, our Acura tester seems like it has quite a few advantages over our $52,740 Volvo.

But by the end of the weekend, I was glad to take back the Volvo. Press down on the Acura’s brakes, and there is little feel. Visibility is better in the Volvo, too. And although I’m not a fan of Volvo’s touchscreen, which can be slow to respond on start-up, it’s easier to navigate than the Acura’s infotainment system, which has finicky touchpad controls that make it easy to scroll to the wrong place. The RDX doesn’t offer Android Auto, either, although this feature is apparently on the way.

We have commended the XC60 for its smooth powertrain, though it does have a bit of turbo lag. Packing 250 hp under the hood, the 2.0-liter inline-four propels the crossover to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, slightly behind the RDX at 6.4 seconds. It’s also behind the 2018 Audi Q5 (5.9 seconds) but ahead of the 2017 Mercedes GLC300 4Matic (6.9 seconds).

In the quarter mile, the Volvo underperformed: 15.2 seconds at 89.5 mph instead of the Acura’s 14.8 seconds at 94.7 mph. The Volvo’s also bested by the Audi (14.5 seconds at 94.6 mph) and on par with the Mercedes (15.2 seconds at 89.6 mph).

But Volvo had the advantage in the figure eight. The XC60 rounded the bends in 27.3 seconds at an average 0.62 g, putting it ahead of the Acura’s 27.6 seconds at 0.61 g. The Audi and Mercedes performed better than both: 27.2 seconds at 0.65 g and 27.3 seconds at 0.65 g, respectively.

Read more about our 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD long-termer:

  • Arrival
  • Update 1: Exploring the Infotainment System
  • Update 2: Comfortably Serene
  • Update 3: Cruising
  • Update 4: Interior Touches
  • 7 Unusual Features on the 2019 Volvo XC60

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