2019 Volvo S90 vs. 2019 Cadillac XTS

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S90 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 Cadillac XTS doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XTS doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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. Cadillac doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the XTS. 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 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 XTS 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.

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 XTS doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S90 and the XTS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XTS has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The S90’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XTS’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the S90 has a standard 800-amp battery. The XTS’ 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 22nd in reliability. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 4 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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The S90 has more powerful engines than the XTS:

 

Torque

S90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

295 lbs.-ft.

S90 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

472 lbs.-ft.

XTS 3.6 DOHC V6

264 lbs.-ft.

XTS V-Sport 3.6 turbo V6

369 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the S90 T6 is faster than the Cadillac XTS V6:

 

S90

XTS

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.9 sec

17.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

129 MPH

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 XTS AWD with its standard engine (70 city/72 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S90 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the XTS AWD with its standard engine (26 city/33 hwy vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

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

 

 

S90

XTS

 

FWD

T5/Auto

23 city/35 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

V6/Auto

AWD

T5/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

 

T6/Auto

21 city/31 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

Turbo V6/Auto V-Sport

The S90 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 21 miles. The XTS 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 XTS doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the S90’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The XTS doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo S90, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the XTS.

Brakes and Stopping

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The S90 stops much shorter than the XTS:

 

S90

XTS

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S90’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XTS (255/35R20 vs. 245/45R19).

The S90’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XTS’ optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The S90 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the S90 flat and controlled during cornering. The XTS’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S90’s wheelbase is 8.8 inches longer than on the XTS (120.5 inches vs. 111.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the S90 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the XTS.

The S90 T6 Momentum handles at .90 G’s, while the XTS AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The S90 T6 Inscription executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the XTS AWD (26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The S90 has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear hip room than the XTS.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the S90 easier. The S90’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the XTS’ liftover is 30 inches.

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

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S90’s power trunk can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The S90’s power trunk can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The XTS doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

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The S90’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XTS’ (3700 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Cadillac XTS is only 1000 pounds. The S90 offers up to a 4600 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the S90 the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XTS can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The S90 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XTS doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The S90’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 XTS’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XTS 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 S90 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The XTS doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 XTS doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Economic Advantages

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The S90 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the S90 will retain 39.02% to 41.61% of its original price after five years, while the XTS only retains 34.07% to 36.66%.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the S90 third among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XTS isn’t in the top three in its category.

The S90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The XTS has never been an “All Star.”

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