2020 Audi A4 Allroad vs. 2020 Volvo V90

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A4 Allroad. But it costs extra on the V90.

Both the A4 Allroad and the V90 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, 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 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’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 A4 Allroad’s reliability 51 points higher than the V90.

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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The A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the V90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A4 Allroad is faster than the V90 T6:

A4 Allroad

V90

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

16.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A4 Allroad uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The V90 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 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 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A4 Allroad’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the V90:

A4 Allroad

V90

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The A4 Allroad stops shorter than the V90:

A4 Allroad

V90

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

160 feet

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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’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, 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.

For greater off-road capability the A4 Allroad has a greater minimum ground clearance than the V90 (6.5 vs. 6 inches), allowing the A4 Allroad to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The A4 Allroad is 6.8 inches shorter than the V90, 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 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’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. 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 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 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 $2290 to $4990 less than the V90 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 only retains 38.25% to 39.33%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A4 Allroad will be $8556 to $11641 less than for the Volvo V90.

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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