2016 Volvo S80 vs Audi A6 Comparison

2016 Volvo S80
2016 Audi A6

2016 Volvo S80

Base Engine:

2.0 L Inline 4

Fuel Economy:

25/37 mpg*

Transmission:

8-speed shiftable automatic

Fuel Type:

Regular unleaded

Navigation:

Standard

2016 Audi A6

Base Engine:

2.0 L Inline 4

Fuel Economy:

24/35 mpg*

Transmission:

7-speed automated manual

Fuel Type:

Premium unleaded

Navigation:

Optional

2016 Volvo S80 vs Audi A6

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Mid-size luxury vehicles continue to grow in popularity in the United States because they offer a unique form of style, elegance, performance and comfort that you can't find in any other car category. While you can't go wrong with just about any mid-size luxury vehicle on the market today, the Volvo S80 and Audi A6 are quickly becoming the two most popular choices. These two great cars may seem like they are nearly identical, but the 2016 Volvo S80 clearly distances itself from the 2016 Audi A6 when you look deeper at some of the most important features.

Performance

When it comes to performance, the 2016 Volvo S80 clearly tops the 2016 Audi A6. While both of the vehicles have extremely similar engines, the Volvo S80 manages to get more power and horsepower. The 2016 Volvo S80 also manages to get more torque from the drivetrain to deliver more power to the wheels while driving. While more power is always nice to have, the car also needs to be easy to drive. The 2016 Volvo S80 has a turning radius 36.7 inches while the 2016 Audi A6 has a turning diameter of 39 inches. The slightly smaller turning diameter in the Volvo S80 is going to make it much easier to make tight turns on the road.

Fuel Efficiency

The last thing you want to do after purchasing a brand new car is to constantly stop at the gas station. While both of these mid-size luxury vehicles get great gas mileage, the 2016 Volvo S80 does have a slight advantage in this important feature category. The Volvo S80 gets approximately 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway*. The 2016 Audi A6 has a fuel efficiency of approximately 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. If you keep your new vehicles for 150,000 miles, then you will save over $600 over the life of the vehicle based on the current national average gas price per gallon of $2.

Safety

One of the top cited reasons for purchasing an SUV is for the additional safety those large cars offer. Both the Audi A6 and the Volvo S80 score highly from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The A6 earned five stars from the NHTSA on side collisions, but only four stars for both the front and rollover tests. The Volvo, on the other hand, earned five stars across the board, with the exception of the rollover test, where it matched the Audi’s four star rating. The IIHS chose the A6 as a Top Safety Pick, but the S80 was chosen for the more exclusive Top Safety Pick Plus category on the basis of its active accident prevention technologies like the Blind Spot Information System and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection.

Cost to Own

You would think that the 2016 Volvo S80 is more expensive than the 2016 Audi A6 because it provides better performance and fuel efficiency, but that is not the case. The 2016 Volvo S80 has a manufacturer suggested retail price of $43,450 while the 2016 Audi A6 has a retail purchase price of $46,200. Since both vehicles are brand new and extremely well made, you can consider that they will both have the same maintenance costs for the life of the vehicle. This means that the 2016 Volvo S80 will cost you approximately $3,300 to own over the entire life of the vehicle than the 2016 Audi A6 when you factor in the retail price, fuel efficiency and maintenance costs.


As you can see, both of these luxury sedans bring a lot to the table. While the 2016 Volvo S80 is available with all-wheel drive and a high-performance engine, the new S80 rewards your family with a roomier backseat and plenty of high-end features. To see which sedan best suits your particular lifestyle, stop by your local Volvo dealer to take a test drive.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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