2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2019 Buick Envision

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 XC60’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 XC60 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake in the XC60 as “Superior.” The Envision scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The XC60 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.

The XC60’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 XC60 and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Envision’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 1 year and 12000 miles longer than Buick pays for maintenance for the Envision (3/36,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Engine

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The XC60 has more powerful engines than the Envision:

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 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

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Envision AWD with its standard engine (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Envision AWD with its standard engine (25 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 gets better fuel mileage than the Envision:

XC60

Envision

2WD

T5/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

T5/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

T6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The Envision must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Envision doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (18.5 vs. 17.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (18.8 vs. 17.3 gallons).

The XC60 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

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For better stopping power the XC60 T6/T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Envision:

XC60 T5

XC60 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 XC60’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.

The XC60 stops much shorter than the Envision:

XC60

Envision

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC60 has larger standard tires than the Envision (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R18). The XC60’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R19).

The XC60’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 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 or off-road. The Envision’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Envision doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The XC60 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 XC60’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the Envision (112.8 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Envision.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the Envision Premium pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Envision Premium (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (103 vs. 100.6).

The XC60 has .6 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo area than the Envision with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 26.9 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the XC60. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Envision Essence/Premium, the XC60 R-Design/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.

The XC60’s front power windows 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 front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the XC60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XC60 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 Envision doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The XC60’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.

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Envision’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Envision doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the Envision because it costs $261 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the Envision, including $113 less for a muffler, $492 less for front struts, $444 less for a timing belt/chain and $463 less for a power steering pump.

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