2019 Volvo V90 vs. 2018 Audi A7

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Safety

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The Volvo V90 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; V90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 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 V90’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 V90’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 V90 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 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 V90 has a 6000 RPM redline.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the V90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The V90 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.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V90 higher (6 out of 10) than the Audi A7 (3). This means the V90 produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A7 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The V90 stops shorter than the A7:

 

V90

A7

 

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

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The V90 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 V90’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the A7 (115.8 inches vs. 114.7 inches).

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .94 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 V90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the Audi A7.

Passenger Space

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The V90 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the A7 Competition can only carry up to 4.

The V90 has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (98 vs. 94).

The V90 has .9 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.1 inches more rear headroom than the A7.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V90 easier. The V90’s trunk lift-over height is 24 inches, while the A7’s liftover is 27.1 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the V90’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The A7 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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The V90 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V90 has a standard rear wiper. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The V90 offers an optional 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 V90’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 V90 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 V90 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V90 will cost $4650 to $5705 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 V90 will be $11732 to $18326 less than for the Audi A7.

Recommendations

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The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. 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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