2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 Volvo V90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Both the Allroad and the V90 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, 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 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the V90’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 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Allroad is faster than the V90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

Allroad

V90

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

16.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

95 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 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 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 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:

 

Allroad

V90

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Allroad stops shorter than the V90:

 

Allroad

V90

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V90’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, 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.

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the V90’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Allroad has a greater minimum ground clearance than the V90 (6.5 vs. 6 inches), allowing the Allroad to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Allroad is 7.3 inches shorter than the V90, 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 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. 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 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 $4865 less than the V90 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 only retains 38.69% to 39.61%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Allroad will be $11052 to $13939 less than for the Volvo V90.

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