2021 Volvo S60 Vs. Audi A4


The Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4 matchup is on. Dynamic and luxurious are the name of the game for both the Volvo S60 and the Audi A4. Each model offers exceptional performance and comfort and has been in the game long enough to know what's what when it comes to popular appointments. The Audi A4 has been on the market since 1996, and the Volvo S60 has been sold since 2000, putting their inceptions incredibly close together. Which one will win the ultimate battle? Keep reading on to see our Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4 comparison.

Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4: Trims and Prices

The Audi A4 offers three trims at decent starting prices. Each trim comes as either a 45 TFSI or a 40 TFSI, which will alter the starting price a bit. Below, we'll go over each trim as the 40 TFSI configuration.

  • Audi A4 Premium - starting at $39,100 MSRP1
  • Audi A4 Premium Plus - starting at $43,800 MSRP1
  • Audi A4 Prestige - starting at $49,400 MSRP1

The Volvo S60 also gives you your choice of three trims at similar starting prices. You can see them and each starting price1 here:

  • Volvo S60 Momentum - starting at $38,950 MSRP
  • Volvo S60 R-Design - starting at $41,950 MSRP
  • Volvo S60 Inscription - starting at $41,950 MSRP

As you can see, the starting price of the highest trim on the Volvo S60 is more than $8,000 less than the starting price of the highest trim on the Audi A4. We think the winner in this section is pretty clear.

Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4: Power & Engine Specs

As we mentioned before, the Audi A4 can come as either a 40 TFSI or a 45 TFSI. These both denote the quattro S tronic transmission. However, the 45 gives each model increased horsepower and torque. The 40 TFSI engine puts out a max of 201 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It can also go from zero to 60 MPH in as little as 6.3 seconds. Its top speed is 130 MPH. The 45 TFSI ups the ante. It puts out a max of 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The zero to 60 MPH time decreases, as well, to just 5.2 seconds with this engine. The top speed is the same.

The Volvo S60 also offers two different powertrain configurations. The first, and standard, engine is a T5 FWD, and she gets the driver 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Her zero to 60 MPH time is 6.3 seconds, perfectly matching up to that of the 40 TFSI from Audi. The second configuration from the Volvo S60 is a T5 AWD, giving you even more control over unstable road conditions. She also gives off 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. She just decreases her zero to 60 MPH time to 6.2 seconds.

The Volvo S60 horsepower and torque for the standard engine is well above what the Audi A4 offers in its base configuration - and for less money. The Audi may offer slightly increased power with its second configuration, but you're still paying a great deal more for those few extra pound-feet of torque.

Volvo S60 Inscription Audi A4 Premium Plus
Engine: 250-hp turbocharged 4-cyl.2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 250 hp 201 hp
0-60: 6.1 seconds 6.3 seconds
Torque: 258 lb-ft 236 lb-ft
Drivetrain: AWD  FWD

Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4: Fuel Economy

On the Audi A4 40 TFSI configuration for the base model, you see pretty impressive fuel economy numbers. You'll get an EPA-estimated 25/34/28 city/highway/combined MPG.2 On the 45 TFSI configuration for the base model, you'll get decreased specs at 24/31/27 city/highway/combined MPG.2

The Volvo S60 pulls way ahead of the competition in this category. On the T5 FWD configuration, it gets up to an EPA-estimated 34 MPG2 on the highway. On the T5 AWD configuration, that number is only slightly decreased to an EPA-estimated 32 MPG,2 since more power has to be sent to the wheels.

Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4: Safety Features

Audi has a nice suite of safety assistance features on the Audi A4 that drivers have come to know and love. Audi pre sense systems, as one suite is called, include pedestrian and stationary vehicle detection, forward-facing camera and radar systems, rear collision detection, and rear radars. Other advanced driver assistance includes active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, traffic jam assist, and a top view camera. We'd say you're pretty safe and sound in this model.

Can the Volvo S60 even compare to that? We'd certainly say so. Driver assistance features are standard on all Volvo vehicles, meaning you don't have to pay anything extra for life-saving assistance on the road. Protective safety includes Volvo On Call, SIPS side impact protection system, and seat belt tensioners. The IntelliSafe suite includes road sign information, lane keeping aid, Blind Spot Information System, steer assist, cross traffic alert with auto-brake, and oncoming lane mitigation. Preventative safety features are hill start assist and automatic hold for your brakes.

There is a lot to love about the safety systems on both cars. You truly cannot go wrong with either model in this category.

Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4: Size

The figures for the Audi A4 cabin space aren't anything to sneeze at. Check out how much room you and yours will have:

  • Front head room: 37.3 in.
  • Rear head room: 37.4 in.
  • Front shoulder room: 55.9 in.
  • Rear shoulder room: 54.5 in.
  • Front leg room: 41.3 in.
  • Rear leg room: 35.7 in.

The Volvo S60 offers impressive dimensions that will keep everyone comfy and cozy in the cabin without having to sacrifice their personal space for the four-hour road trip. Here are her numbers:

  • Front head room: 37.4 in.
  • Rear head room: 37.2 in.
  • Front shoulder room: 56.1 in.
  • Rear shoulder room: 54.5 in.
  • Front leg room: 42.3 in.
  • Rear leg room: 35.2 in.
  • Front hip room: 55.3 in.
  • Rear hip room: 53.4 in.

In most sections, the Volvo S60 takes the cake. The Audi A4 does offer good numbers for rear head room and front shoulder room, though.

Volvo S60 Inscription Audi A4 Premium Plus
# of seats: 5 5
Cargo Capacity: 11.6 ft³ 12 ft³
Length: 187.4″ 187.5″
Width: 80.3" 79.6″
Passenger Volume: 94 ft³ 92 ft³

FAQs About the Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4

Still have a few burning questions regarding the battle of the Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4? No problem! Here are a couple of questions we see a lot that people really want to know the answers to. If you have more questions after this, get in touch! A member of our team will be more than happy to answer anything you can ask.

Does the Volvo S60 or the Audi A4 have more torque?

The Volvo S60 offers more torque on its base configuration than the Audi A4. The Volvo S60 T5 FWD gives 258 pound-feet of torque, and the Audi A4 40 TFSI gives 236 pound-feet of torque.

What are the main differences between the Volvo S60 and the Audi A4?

The price is one of the biggest differences, with the highest level Audi A4 costing more than $8,000 more than the highest trim level Volvo S60. There are also big differences concerning torque and MPG, with the Volvo S60 seeing better gas mileage than the Audi A4.

The Winner Is...

We think you can figure out who the winner is for yourself. Both the Audi A4 and Volvo S60 are wonderful sedans that anyone would be lucky to be able to drive. However, now that we've looked deep into the specs for each model, it's pretty clear that the winner in the Volvo S60 vs. Audi A4 battle is the Volvo S60. Volvo Cars has a nearly unsurpassed legacy of offering drivers some of the most impressive cars in their respective classes, and the Volvo S60 is a perfect example of that. Come get the winner here today!

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1Prices shown are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), Base Price or Starting At price and excludes destination fees, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees.

2 EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

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