2020 Audi A7 vs. 2020 Volvo S90

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Safety

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The S90 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the A7 and the S90 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, 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 third among midsize premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The S90 isn’t in the top three.

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 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 22 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The A7’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 19 more horsepower (335 vs. 316) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the S90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A7 is faster than the S90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

A7

S90

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.5 sec

13.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

101 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The A7 has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the S90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The A7 has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the S90 T6’s standard fuel tank (19.3 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

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The A7 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 S90 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The A7’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 S90 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A7’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the S90:

A7

S90

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The A7 stops shorter than the S90:

A7

S90

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

161 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S90. The A7 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the S90.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the A7 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S90, 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A7 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the S90.

The A7 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the S90 T6 Momentum pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the A7’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the S90 18” wheels’ (36.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The A7’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the S90 19” wheels’ (36.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

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The A7 is 4.5 inches shorter than the S90, making the A7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi A7 amounts to more than styling. The A7 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the S90 (.28 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A7 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the A7’s rear seats recline. The S90’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The A7’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The S90 Luxury Package doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the A7 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A Service Interval Display is standard on the A7 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the S90.

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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The A7’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A7 has standard extendable sun visors. The S90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A7 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The S90 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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The A7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A7 will retain 36.74% to 37.64% of its original price after five years, while the S90 only retains 34.71% to 35.74%.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the A7 first among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The S90 isn’t in the top three.

The Audi A7/S7/RS 7 outsold the Volvo 90 Series by 12% during the 2019 model year.

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