To give an answer, I can even quote the most renowned german car magazine "auto motor & sport". They made a comparison test between these two cars and the Volvo won - what is quite unusual for a foreign car in a german newspaper. Most of the Volvo's edge was based on its less costs. The price difference between allroad and XC in Germany is about DM 18.000,- (~ US$ 9.000,-). <BR>But nevertheless, most reporters (even in Germany) certify the XC the better comfort and better handling. Of course, acceleration and top speed is not on the Audi's level (200 vs. 250 hp). But the Volvo affects more sympathic to me in its overall appearance.
Well, if you are all about performance, you can't go wrong with an extra cilender and an extra turbo. You can get 300hp out of the Audi power plant with just a chip and an exhaust. The audi does have the variable ride height, which is cool, also, you can't beat a Audi warrenty either. Its a tough decision, have you driven both of them?<P><P>
Check out the newest cover article. We took both cars to Land Rover's off-road test facility in Lanham, MD. I think I'd pick the Audi if money were no object, as that transmission is awesome. However, to truly compare the two you'd almost have to throw an adjustable suspension and the S80 T-6 motor in the XC.
George,<P>That is a really nice review your staff did of the XC vs. allroad! I look forward to reading more articles like that! Maybe you guys can round up the S60 T5, 330i, C320, and new A4 for a test in the future. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>-Drew