2019 Volvo XC90 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

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 Range Rover 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 Land Rover Range Rover has only front height-adjustable 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. Land Rover doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Range Rover. 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 Range Rover’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The XC90 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 Range Rover doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Range Rover 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.

Both the XC90 and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure 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 Range Rover has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The XC90’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover’s (12 vs. 6 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. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover.

There are over 72 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC90’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the XC90 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Range Rover’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the XC90’s reliability 12 points higher than the Range Rover.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 29th in initial quality. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 22nd in reliability. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Td6 (59 city/56 hwy MPGe vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Td6 (24 city/27 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

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

 

 

 

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

Range Rover

 

AWD

3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

HSE 3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/21 hwy

 

 

SVA 5.0 supercharged V8

14 city/19 hwy

 

 

SVA LWB 5.0 supercharged V8

13 city/19 hwy

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 Range Rover 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 Land Rover Range Rover (1 to 7). This means the XC90 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Range Rover every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The XC90 stops much shorter than the Range Rover:

 

XC90

Range Rover

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The XC90 T5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover’s standard 65 series tires. The XC90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC90’s wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the Range Rover (117.5 inches vs. 115 inches).

The XC90 T6 AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Range Rover Supercharged pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC90 T6 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Range Rover HSE (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC90’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Range Rover’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The XC90’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter with 22-inch wheels than the Range Rover LWB’s (39.7 feet vs. 42.9 feet).

Chassis

The Volvo XC90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 700 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover.

The XC90 is 5.9 inches narrower than the Range Rover, making the XC90 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Volvo XC90 amounts to more than styling. The XC90 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover (.34 to .35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XC90 get better fuel mileage.

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

Passenger Space

The XC90 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

XC90

Range Rover

Third Seat Folded

41.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

31.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.7 cubic feet

68.6 cubic feet

The XC90’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover LWB.

 

XC90

Range Rover

Third Seat Folded

41.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

31.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.7 cubic feet

75.6 cubic feet

The XC90’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover’s in almost every dimension:

 

XC90

Range Rover

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

21.8”/49.6”/80.3”

n.a./42.8”/78”

Max Width

54.7”

50.8”

Min Width

44.5”

44”

Height

35”

36.9”

The XC90’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the XC90 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. 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 Range Rover can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Range Rover doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC90 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC90 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC90 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover because typical repairs cost much less on the XC90 than the Range Rover, including $45 less for a starter, $226 less for fuel injection, $167 less for front struts and $664 less for a timing belt/chain.

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 Range Rover has never been chosen.

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

The Volvo XC90 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover by 66% during 2018.

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