2020 Audi A4 Allroad vs. 2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country

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Safety

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Both the A4 Allroad and the V90 Cross Country 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 A4 Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 184 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V90 Cross Country has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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The Audi A4 Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the V90 Cross Country’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 10 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A4 Allroad is faster than the Volvo V90 Cross Country:

A4 Allroad

V90 Cross Country

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

93.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A4 Allroad gets better fuel mileage than the V90 Cross Country (23 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A4 Allroad uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The V90 Cross Country requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The A4 Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The A4 Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The A4 Allroad stops much shorter than the V90 Cross Country:

A4 Allroad

V90 Cross Country

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A4 Allroad has larger tires than the V90 Cross Country (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R19).

The A4 Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V90 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The A4 Allroad has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The V90 Cross Country’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the A4 Allroad uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V90 Cross Country, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Chassis

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The Audi A4 Allroad may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

The A4 Allroad is 6.9 inches shorter than the V90 Cross Country, making the A4 Allroad easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The A4 Allroad has a larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the V90 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).

Towing

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The A4 Allroad’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the V90 Cross Country’s (3968 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the A4 Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V90 Cross Country. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A4 Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A4 Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the A4 Allroad owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A4 Allroad will cost $3155 to $5360 less than the V90 Cross Country over a five-year period.

The A4 Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A4 Allroad will retain 42.51% to 42.92% of its original price after five years, while the V90 Cross Country only retains 39.42% to 39.94%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A4 Allroad will be $9788 to $12763 less than for the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Recommendations

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The Audi A4/S4 outsold the Volvo 90 Series by almost seven to one during 2019.

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