2019 Porsche Panamera vs. 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Panamera helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Panamera and the V90 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 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 Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 18 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The Panamera has more powerful engines than the V90 Cross Country:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Panamera 3.0 turbo V6

330 HP

331 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 4S 2.9 turbo V6

440 HP

405 lbs.-ft.

Panamera GTS 4.0 turbo V8

453 HP

457 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 2.9 turbo V6

462 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

550 HP

567 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 4.0 turbo V8

680 HP

626 lbs.-ft.

V90 Cross Country T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

V90 Cross Country T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche Panamera turbo V6 is faster than the V90 Cross Country T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

Panamera

V90 Cross Country

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.6 sec

14.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

99 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the V90 Cross Country T6 (40 city/57 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The V90 Cross Country must run its internal combustion engine to move.

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Panamera Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Panamera E Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 Cross Country (21.1 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 7.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 Cross Country (23.7 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

The Panamera 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 Cross Country doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Panamera’s optional 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 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Panamera’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V90 Cross Country:

 

Panamera Base

Panamera

V90 Cross Country T5

V90 Cross Country T6

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

16.5 inches

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

16.1 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the V90 Cross Country:

 

Panamera

V90 Cross Country

 

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the V90 Cross Country (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. 235/50R19). The Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V90 Cross Country (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The Panamera’s standard 265/45R19 front and 295/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V90 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires. The Panamera’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the V90 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 21-inch wheels. The V90 Cross Country’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Panamera offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Panamera uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V90 Cross Country, 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 Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Volvo doesn’t offer an active suspension on the V90 Cross Country.

The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’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 Cross Country doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is .3 inches longer than on the V90 Cross Country (116.1 inches vs. 115.8 inches). The Panamera Executive’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the V90 Cross Country (122 feet vs. 115.8 inches).

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo handles at .99 G’s, while the V90 Cross Country T6 pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

The front grille of the Panamera uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Panamera offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Panamera Sport Turismo a Large car, while the V90 Cross Country is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Panamera has 10 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V90 Cross Country (108 vs. 98).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The V90 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Panamera is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V90 Cross Country. 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 Porsche service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 32% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the V90 Cross Country, the Panamera offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Panamera’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Panamera’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 V90 Cross Country does not have an oil pressure gauge.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Model Availability

The Porsche Panamera comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Volvo V90 Cross Country isn’t available as a four door.

The Panamera is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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