• Aug 18, 2009
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Volvo's new XC60 sits at the top of the pack when it battles head-to-head against the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK350, and Cadillac SRX, says Edmunds in its latest four-way comparison. The entrants, each new members of the expanding Compact Luxury Crossover segment, were all selected for the battle based on size and their less-than-$40,000 starting prices. Veterans such as the Acura RDX, BMW X3, and Infiniti EX35 were left home as they aren't rookies to the field.

With a resolutely last place finish, the Cadillac SRX was clobbered over its outward visibility, weight, lack of overall space (despite being the largest of the bunch), and cramped second-row seating. The fact that the Edmund's test car was a base FWD model didn't help either.

Tied for second place were the GLK350 and Q5, both praised for their power, ride, and handling. The Mercedes came up short in overall utility, while the Audi took some hits for its electric power steering.

According to the testers, the XC60 "won by a hair" thanks to its generous cargo capacity, second-row comfort, and "safety features galore." While the Swede offered plenty of power, it suffered from poor fuel economy and less-than-satisfying handling. So, how did a not-fun-to-drive Volvo CUV climb to the top of the comparison (one that Edmunds says, "none of our editors would personally choose")? You'll have to read their story to find out.

[Source: Edmunds]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I test-drove eight AWL cars (including XC60), before choosing Q5. XC60 was a second on the list (and way cheaper then Q5) and I can see XC60 as the best fitted for US market given the best ride comfort and cargo space - it is perfect for the cruising to a shopping mall or on the highway. I tested XC60 diesel and it felt a bit clunky and auto gearshifts were not very smooth, but uncomfortable resting position for the drivers left foot was a deal breaker. Otherwise (except rudimental Navigation system) it is a very appealing car.
      As for Q5 my first wish was to have it with a bigger engine (my is 170 hp diesel – it is a family car, so it was financial decision to go for 2.0L diesel) and a few more options (in some European countries you have to "construct" your car considering tens of options and pay additionally for each of them – very annoying and expensive). Q5 with 3.2 TFSi should be a blast to drive (though 2.0 TFSi I guess would be plenty). As for harshness of Q5 ride (picked-up by Edmunds), it a bit exaggerated (just order one with the standard wheels and tires). A bit firmer suspension paid of very nicely on my holidays in France. It took some time to build a confidence, but eventually I was able to take tight corners in Alps with a very respectable pace for an SUV. No problems with Q5 electric power steering on my part – actually steering (and suspension, and multitronic gearbox and efficient 2.0 TDI for that matter) was why I chose Q5 over other 7 cars. (Disclaimer: It is my first Audi and I am not a fan of them (yet).
      • 5 Years Ago
      More bad press for GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't that all american cars problem with the biggest outer dimensions and crampest interior room?
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow... The Merc interior looks like it was designed by chrysler, the Audi Interior looks like Kia helped them and the Volvo...ikea furniture store.

      I am somewhat shocked....The SRX is my least fav Cadillac and hardly one I would defend but damn...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eh, good for them. I'm tired of Audi's and Audi owners.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha thats Edmunds for you, they wouldn't know a car if it ran them over....
        • 5 Years Ago
        this coming from an armchair expert.. *rolls eyes*
      • 5 Years Ago
      that site blows
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd take the Q5 hands down from this group. I am surprised the SRX sucked so much ass though, I actually like the look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Unlike the agile European-spec XC60 we'd driven previously, this U.S.-market model drew criticism for its numb steering and marshmallow-grade suspension tuning."

      Why, Volvo, why? Why can't we have the Euro-spec suspension in America?

      • 5 Years Ago
      I haven't sat in a new SRX, but if this vehicle follows the typical new Government Motors product, it is cramped in the rear seat - the Malibu, Aura, and CTS have no rear legroom for adults over 5 foot 10 if a person of equal or greater dimensions is up front; the Chevrolet Impala suffers from poor front driver seat design - if the driver is over 200 plus pounds the weight of the bum pushes through the cushion and pins the rear passenger feet to the floor (that happened to me at a car show!); the Chevrolet Cobalt has no rear legroom for anyone with legs. The Saturn Vue was also cramped so I can only expect that the new Equinox and SRX won't solve that problem. Surprisingly the only GM vehicle with any hint of attention to interior room was the Aveo. It had more usable space for four adults than the Malibu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What kind of spare wheel does the SRX have?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't, unless optioned for it. You get a tire inflation kit standard, a space saver spare is optional.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Also, why didn't they include cars like the Acura RDX, Infiniti EX, and Lexus RX?
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