2019 Buick Envision vs. 2018 Volvo XC60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Envision and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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 all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Buick dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Envision’s reliability 38 points higher than the XC60.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 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 Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 15 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Envision uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Envision Premium for maximum performance). The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Envision has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Envision Premium, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XC60.

Brakes and Stopping

The Envision stops shorter than the XC60:

 

Envision

XC60

 

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Envision has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The XC60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Envision uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, 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 Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XC60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Envision Premium handles at .81 G’s, while the XC60 T8 eAWD Momentum pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Envision’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the XC60’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Buick Envision may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Volvo XC60.

The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Envision has 2 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Envision’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Servicing Ease

An Oil Life Monitor is standard on the Envision to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. 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 XC60.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 8% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

The Envision’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Envision has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Envision Premium has a 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 XC60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Envision is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The XC60 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Envision owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Envision with a number “8” insurance rate while the XC60 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Envision is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Envision than the XC60, including $47 less for a water pump, $1 less for front brake pads, $161 less for a starter, $245 less for fuel injection and $362 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

The Buick Envision outsold the Volvo XC60 by 82% during 2017.

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