2019 Volvo S90 vs. 2018 Audi A7

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Safety

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The Volvo S90 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Audi doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the A7. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; S90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The S90 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The A7 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the S90’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The A7 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The S90’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 A7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S90 and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S90 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A7.

Reliability

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The A7’s redline is at 7000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The S90 has a 6000 RPM redline.

Engine

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The S90 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 60 more horsepower (400 vs. 340) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 325) than the A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S90 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the A7 (70 city/72 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S90 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the A7 (26 city/33 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S90 gets better fuel mileage than the A7:

 

 

S90

A7

 

FWD

T5/Auto

23 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

T5/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

3.0T/Auto

 

T6/Auto

21 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

On the EPA test cycle the S90 T5 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the A7 (22 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

The S90 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The A7 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The S90 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 A7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The S90 stops shorter than the A7:

 

S90

A7

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The S90 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 A7’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S90’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the A7 (120.5 inches vs. 114.7 inches).

The S90 T6 Momentum handles at .90 G’s, while the A7 Premium Plus pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Volvo S90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 500 pounds less than the Audi A7.

Passenger Space

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The S90 has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (102 vs. 94).

The S90 has .9 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 3.4 inches more rear legroom than the A7.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S90’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The A7 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S90 offers cargo security. The A7’s hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The S90 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the S90 Inscription to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The S90 Inscription has standard front air-conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The A7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The S90 has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The A7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The S90’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A7 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The S90 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the S90 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the S90 will cost $3965 to $6755 less than the A7 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo S90 will be $16160 to $22353 less than for the Audi A7.

Recommendations

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The S90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The A7 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Volvo 90 Series outsold the Audi A7/S7/RS 7 by over two to one during 2017.

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