2018 Porsche Panamera vs. 2018 Volvo V90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Panamera helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The V90 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Panamera and the V90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 10 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The Panamera has more powerful engines than the V90:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Panamera 3.0 turbo V6

330 HP

331 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 4S 2.9 turbo V6

440 HP

405 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 2.9 turbo V6

462 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

550 HP

567 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 4.0 turbo V8

680 HP

626 lbs.-ft.

V90 T5 R-Design 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

V90 T6 AWD R-Design 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche Panamera (base engine) is faster than the V90 T6 AWD R-Design:

 

Panamera

V90

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.5 sec

10.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.6 sec

16.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

6.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.6 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the V90 T6 AWD (48 city/51 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/30 hwy). The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the V90 T6 AWD (40 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The V90 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Panamera Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The V90 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Panamera E Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 FWD’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 7.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 AWD’s standard fuel tank (23.7 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

The Panamera offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The V90 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Panamera’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The V90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Panamera’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V90:

 

Panamera Base

Panamera S

Panamera Turbo

Panamera opt.

V90 T5

V90 T6

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

14.2 inches

16.1 inches

16.5 inches

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

15 inches

15.4 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The V90 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops shorter than the V90:

 

Panamera

V90

 

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the V90 (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. 255/40R19). The Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V90 (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 255/40R19).

The Panamera’s optional 315/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V90’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 21-inch wheels. The V90’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Panamera offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The V90 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Panamera uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Volvo doesn’t offer an active suspension on the V90.

The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The V90 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is .3 inches longer than on the V90 (116.1 inches vs. 115.8 inches). The Panamera Executive’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the V90 (122 feet vs. 115.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the track on the V90.

Chassis

The front grille of the Panamera uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The V90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Panamera offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The V90 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Panamera Sport Turismo a Large car, while the V90 is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Panamera has 10 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V90 (108 vs. 98).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The V90’s rear seats don’t recline.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Panamera is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 32% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

The Panamera’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Panamera’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The V90 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The V90 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The V90 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Model Availability

The Porsche Panamera comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Volvo V90 isn’t available as a four door.

Economic Advantages

The Panamera will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Panamera will retain 57.41% of its original price after five years, while the V90 only retains 39.93%.

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