2018 Jaguar XJ vs. 2018 Volvo S90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the XJ and the S90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available crash mitigating brakes and around view monitors.


The XJ comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The S90’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XJ for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Volvo pays for maintenance for the S90 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).


The XJ has more powerful engines than the S90:




XJ 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

XJ Supercharged 5.0 supercharged V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XJR575 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

517 lbs.-ft.

S90 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

S90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

S90 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jaguar XJ S.C. V6 is faster than the S90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.7 sec

13.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

101 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The XJ has 7.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XJ has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the S90 T6’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XJ’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S90:



XJ Supercharged/XJR

S90 T5

S90 T6/T8

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

The XJ stops shorter than the S90:





70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XJR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S90 (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. 255/35R20).

The XJ’s standard 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S90’s standard 45 series tires. The XJR’s 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the S90’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XJ has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S90.

Suspension and Handling

The rear suspension of the XJ uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the S90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The XJ has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The S90 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the XJ is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the S90 is rated a Mid-size.

The XJL has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S90 (109 vs. 102).

The XJ has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S90.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XJ L’s available rear seats recline. The S90’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The XJ has a much larger trunk than the S90 (15.2 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).


The XJ’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the S90’s (4080 vs. 3700 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XJ is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the XJ to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the S90.


The XJ’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XJ has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the S90.


The Jaguar XJ outsold the Volvo 90 Series by 39% during 2016.

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