2019 Volvo XC90 vs. 2019 Bentley Bentayga

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XC90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Bentayga doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC90 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Bentley Bentayga doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The Volvo XC90 offers an optional built in child booster seat. It’s more crash worthy than an added child seat because of its direct attachment to the seat. Bentley doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Bentayga. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the XC90 deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The XC90’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Bentayga’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The XC90 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 Bentayga 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 XC90’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 Bentayga doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The XC90 has standard Volvo On Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the XC90 and the Bentayga have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available 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 XC90 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Bentayga has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The XC90 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Bentayga’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The XC90’s corrosion warranty is 9 years longer than the Bentayga’s (12 vs. 3 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Bentley doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Bentayga.

There are almost 7 times as many Volvo dealers as there are Bentley dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC90’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Bentayga V8 (59 city/56 hwy MPGe vs. 14 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Bentayga V8 (24 city/27 hwy vs. 14 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 gets better fuel mileage than the Bentayga:

 

 

 

MPG

XC90

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

 

 

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

Bentayga

 

AWD

4.0 turbo V8

14 city/23 hwy

 

 

6.0 turbo W12

14 city/20 hwy

The XC90 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The Bentayga must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC90 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC90 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 Bentayga doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo XC90 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Bentley Bentayga (3). This means the XC90 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Bentayga every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The XC90 stops much shorter than the Bentayga:

 

XC90

Bentayga

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The XC90’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 Bentayga’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The XC90’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.7% to 48.3%) than the Bentayga’s (57.5% to 42.5%). This gives the XC90 more stable handling and braking.

The XC90 T6 AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Bentayga pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XC90’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Bentayga’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The XC90’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter with 22-inch wheels than the Bentayga’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC90 w/Air Suspension has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Bentayga (10.5 vs. 9.7 inches), allowing the XC90 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Volvo XC90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 pounds less than the Bentley Bentayga.

The XC90 is 7.5 inches shorter than the Bentayga, making the XC90 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XC90 T6 AWD is quieter than the Bentayga (71 vs. 75 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The XC90’s cargo area provides more volume than the Bentayga.

 

XC90

Bentayga

Behind Third Seat

15.9 cubic feet

7.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

41.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

17.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.7 cubic feet

62.6 cubic feet

The XC90’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Bentayga w/Four Seat Comfort Specification doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the XC90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Bentayga doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC90 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Bentayga only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the XC90 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The XC90 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 Bentayga doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The XC90 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Bentayga doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Volvo XC90, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

Motor Trend selected the XC90 as their 2016 Sport Utility of the Year. The Bentayga has never been chosen.

The XC90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2016. The Bentayga has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the XC90 as the 2016 North American Truck of the Year. The Bentayga has never been chosen.

The Volvo XC90 outsold the Bentley Bentayga by over 33 to one during 2018.

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