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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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2000. - 2004.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1997. - 2001.
E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4576 mm
1804 mm
1428 mm
424 liters
808 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4796 mm
1810 mm
1453 mm
551 liters
551 liters
70 liters
2000 Volvo S60
1997 Audi A6

Engine

Petrol
5 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2435 cc
170 hp
230 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.4 5V
Petrol
6 - V config, 5 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2393 cc
165 hp
230 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1451 kg
8.7 s
210 km/h
12.5 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
9.0 l/100km
215 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1425 kg
9.4 s
222 km/h
14.0 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
9.9 l/100km
238 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1477 kg
9.6 s
210 km/h
13.8 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
9.6 l/100km
229 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1475 kg
10.5 s
217 km/h
15.7 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
10.7 l/100km
257 g/km

Expenses

1500 EUR
Price from
1100 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

We are here considering two somewhat similar cars, but we can't deny some of the obvious differences. For a start, they are not even classified under the same segment, with the Volvo being a large family car and the Audi representing luxury car vehicle class. The first one has a Volvo-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 5-cylinder, 20-valves 170hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 30-valves 165hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Volvo being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. The second vehicle is a luxury car and that gives it a marginal advantage over the large family car competitor, at least that's what statistics show. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the Swedish car offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Volvo does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Volvo with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Audi badge with 4.1 out of 5. Independent research findings rank S60 as average reliability-wise, and A6 is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Swedish car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volvo is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.7 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 210 kilometers per hour, 12km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Swedish car, averaging around 9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (31 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 10% difference compared to the German car.


Verdict

Volvo appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Swedish car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Volvo offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Volvo. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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