2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash

Safety

Both the Allroad and the V90 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V90 Cross Country has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the V90 Cross Country’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 22 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the V90 Cross Country T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Allroad is faster than the V90 Cross Country T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

Allroad

V90 Cross Country

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

93.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Allroad uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The V90 Cross Country requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Allroad 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 Cross Country doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Allroad’s 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 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Allroad’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the V90 Cross Country:

 

Allroad

V90 Cross Country

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Allroad stops much shorter than the V90 Cross Country:

 

Allroad

V90 Cross Country

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the V90 Cross Country (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R19).

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V90 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V90 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Allroad uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V90 Cross Country, 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.

Chassis

The Audi Allroad may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

The Allroad is 7.4 inches shorter than the V90 Cross Country, making the Allroad easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Allroad has a larger cargo capacity with its rear seat folded than the V90 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V90 Cross Country. 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 Audi service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 29% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Allroad owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Allroad will cost $1520 to $2615 less than the V90 Cross Country over a five-year period.

The Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Allroad will retain 50.32% to 50.79% of its original price after five years, while the V90 Cross Country only retains 38.78% to 49.05%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Allroad will be $6996 to $11052 less than for the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos