2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Buick Envision doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Envision doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The S60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Envision doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Envision doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Envision doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The S60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Envision doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The S60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Envision’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 1 year and 12000 miles longer than Buick pays for maintenance for the Envision (3/36,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Engine

The S60 has more powerful engines than the Envision:

 

Horsepower

Torque

S60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

S60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

S60 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Envision 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

197 HP

192 lbs.-ft.

Envision Premium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T6 AWD 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Envision 4x4 with its standard 4 cyl. (21 city/32 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

The S60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The Envision must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Envision doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Envision doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S60 T6/T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Envision:

 

S60 T5

S60 T6/T8

Envision

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The S60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Envision are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

The S60 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Envision’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The S60 has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S60’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Envision (113.1 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better maneuverability, the ’s turning circle is 36.4 feet tighter than the Envision’s ( feet vs. 36.4 feet). The ’s turning circle is 39.5 feet tighter than the Envision Premium’s ( feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

The S60 is 10.2 inches shorter in height than the Envision, making the S60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The S60 has 1.4 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear hip room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S60 offers cargo security. The Envision’s sport utility bodystyle defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the S60. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Envision Essence/Premium, the S60 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The S60’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The S60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Envision doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Envision doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the S60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights. The S60 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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