2019 Dodge Charger vs. 2019 Volvo S90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The S90 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Charger and the S90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 19th in initial quality. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

Engine

The Charger has more powerful engines than the S90:

 

Horsepower

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8

485 HP

S90 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

S90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

S90 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8 is faster than the S90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

Charger

S90

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

98.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The S90 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the S90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Charger has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the S90 T6’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

The Charger R/T Scat Pack’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 S90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger Daytona 392’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S90:

 

Charger Daytona 392

S90 T5

S90 T6/T8

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

The Charger stops shorter than the S90:

 

Charger

S90

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S90 (275/40R20 vs. 255/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

The Charger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The S90’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Charger uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S90, 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 Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the S90 T6 Inscription pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the S90 T6 Inscription (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Charger’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the S90 18” wheels’ (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Charger AWD’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the S90 19” wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Charger a Large car, while the S90 is rated a Mid-size.

The Charger has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S90 (104.7 vs. 102).

The Charger has .8 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the S90.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the S90 (16.5 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

The Charger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The S90 Luxury Package doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Charger is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Charger to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. 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 S90.

Ergonomics

The Charger’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Charger’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 S90 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Charger has standard extendable sun visors. The S90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

The Charger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Charger will retain 39.74% to 48.61% of its original price after five years, while the S90 only retains 37.83% to 40.23%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $5813 to $13962 less than for the Volvo S90.

Recommendations

The Dodge Charger outsold the Volvo 90 Series by almost 8 to one during 2017.

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