2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. 2017 Porsche new Panamera

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The V90 Cross Country’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The new Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Volvo V90 Cross Country offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Porsche doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the new Panamera. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 Cross Country owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 Cross Country has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V90 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the new Panamera.

To help make backing safer, the V90 Cross Country’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The V90 Cross Country’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V90 Cross Country and the new Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 Cross Country for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Porsche doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the new Panamera.

There are over 57 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the V90 Cross Country’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V90 Cross Country gets better fuel mileage than the new Panamera:

 

 

V90

Panamera

 

RWD

 

n/a

21 city/28 hwy

Base/Auto

AWD

T5/Auto

23 city/31 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

Base/Auto

 

T6/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

4S/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/25 hwy

Turbo/Auto

The V90 Cross Country has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The V90 Cross Country has a standard Emergency Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

The V90 Cross Country has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the new Panamera; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the V90 Cross Country’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the new Panamera’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The V90 Cross Country is 4.4 inches shorter than the new Panamera, making the V90 Cross Country easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The V90 Cross Country has standard seating for 5 passengers; the new Panamera can only carry 4.

Cargo Capacity

The V90 Cross Country’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The new Panamera’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics

The V90 Cross Country has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The V90 Cross Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V90 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The new Panamera doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The V90 Cross Country offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The new Panamera doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The V90 Cross Country’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The new Panamera doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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