2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Volvo V90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the QX30 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, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The V90’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the V90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, 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 Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 23 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Transmission

The QX30 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops shorter than the V90:

 

QX30

V90

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The V90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the QX30 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 QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the V90’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the V90’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V90 (8 vs. 6 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the Volvo V90.

The QX30 is 1 foot, 8.1 inches shorter than the V90, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the V90 T6 AWD R-Design (41 vs. 44 dB).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 34% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’s standard easy entry system 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 V90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the QX30 will cost $1220 to $5125 less than the V90 over a five-year period.

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% 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 Infiniti QX30 will be $23556 to $25648 less than for the Volvo V90.

Recommendations

The Infiniti QX30 outsold the Volvo 90 Series by 27% during 2017.

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