2020 Buick Regal TourX 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 Regal TourX. But it costs extra on the V90.

Both the Regal TourX and the V90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal TourX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the V90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 7 times as many Buick dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Regal TourX’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 86 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 6 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The Regal TourX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the V90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Buick Regal TourX is faster than the V90 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder:

Regal TourX

V90

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

132 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Regal TourX has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.3 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Regal TourX 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.

Chassis

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The Buick Regal TourX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Volvo V90.

The Regal TourX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The V90 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Regal TourX Essence is quieter than the V90 T6 AWD R-Design:

Regal TourX

V90

At idle

40 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

69 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Regal TourX a Mid-Size Station Wagon car, while the V90 is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Regal TourX has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear legroom than the V90.

Cargo Capacity

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The Regal TourX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V90 with its rear seat up (32.7 vs. 25.5 cubic feet). The Regal TourX has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the V90 with its rear seat folded (73.5 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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

Ergonomics

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The Regal TourX Essence’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Regal TourX’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The V90 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Buick Regal Essence offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The V90 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Buick Regal comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Volvo V90 isn’t available as a four door.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Regal TourX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Regal TourX will cost $2715 to $5870 less than the V90 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick Regal TourX will be $20153 to $24432 less than for the Volvo V90.

Recommendations

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The Buick Regal outsold the Volvo 90 Series by almost three to one during 2019.

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