2019 Mercedes E-Class Wagon 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 E-Class Wagon. But it costs extra on the V90.

Both the E-Class Wagon and the V90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 28 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Wagon has a standard 850-amp battery. The V90’s 800-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 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 Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 9 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 112 more horsepower (362 vs. 250) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the V90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 46 more horsepower (362 vs. 316) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the V90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The E-Class Wagon has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 FWD’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The E-Class Wagon has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Wagon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the V90.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the E-Class Wagon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V90:

 

E-Class

V90 T5

V90 T6

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

The E-Class Wagon stops shorter than the V90:

 

E-Class

V90

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 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 E-Class Wagon 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 E-Class Wagon 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 rear suspension of the E-Class Wagon uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the V90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The E-Class Wagon has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Class Wagon’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The V90 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Wagon’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 V90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The E-Class Wagon’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.7% to 48.3%) than the V90’s (53.7% to 46.3%). This gives the E-Class Wagon more stable handling and braking.

The E 400 4MATIC Wagon handles at .90 G’s, while the V90 T6 AWD Inscription pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E 400 4MATIC Wagon executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the V90 T6 AWD Inscription (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the E-Class Wagon a Mid-Size Station Wagon car, while the V90 is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the V90 can only carry 5.

The E-Class Wagon has .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the V90.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the V90.

 

E-Class

V90

Third Seat Removed

35 cubic feet

25.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

53.9 cubic feet

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area is larger than the V90’s in almost every dimension:

 

E-Class

V90

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

46.3”/78.9”

45.4”/78.3”

Max Width

43.3”

n/a

Min Width

32.2”

43.3”

Height

32.2”

n/a

Servicing Ease

The engine in the E-Class Wagon 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 Mercedes service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 26% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

The E-Class Wagon’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Wagon to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The V90 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its standard heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

Model Availability

The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Volvo V90 isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or sedan.

Economic Advantages

The E-Class Wagon will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the E-Class Wagon will retain 46.92% of its original price after five years, while the V90 only retains 38.69% to 39.61%.

Recommendations

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its June 2018 issue and the Mercedes E 400 4MATIC Wagon won out over the Volvo V90 T6 AWD Inscription.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Volvo 90 Series by almost four to one during the 2018 model year.

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