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Both the V90 and Allroad have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Allroad’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
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 Allroad. 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’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 Allroad doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the V90 and the Allroad 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, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.
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 Allroad.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V90 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
The V90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 68 more horsepower (316 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
Regenerative brakes improve the V90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Allroad 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V90 higher (6 out of 10) than the Audi Allroad (5). This means the V90 produces up to 6.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Allroad every 15,000 miles.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V90, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.
For better stopping power the V90 T6’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Allroad:
The V90 stops shorter than the Allroad:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the V90 has larger tires than the Allroad (255/40R19 vs. 245/45R18).
The V90’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Allroad’s standard 45 series tires. The V90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Allroad’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Allroad. The V90 offers optional 20-inch wheels.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Allroad (115.8 inches vs. 110.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V90 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.
The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .94 G’s, while the Allroad Prestige pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The V90 has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (98 vs. 92).
The V90 has .9 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.
The V90 has a much larger cargo volume than the Allroad with its rear seat up (25.5 vs. 24.2 cubic feet).
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 Allroad’s liftover is 26.1 inches.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the V90’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Allroad doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
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 Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Allroad, the V90 Inscription has a 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.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V90 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V90’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
When the V90 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Allroad’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
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 Allroad 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 Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The V90 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Allroad has never been an “All Star.”
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