2020 Infiniti QX50 vs. 2020 Volvo V90

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX50 has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The V90 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the QX50 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, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The QX50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The V90’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX50 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.

Reliability

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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 QX50’s reliability 22 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 Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 13 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 Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 76 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 11 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 18 more horsepower (268 vs. 250) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the V90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The QX50 has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The QX50 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The V90 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the QX50’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the V90:

QX50

V90

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The QX50 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The V90 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The V90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the QX50 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 better maneuverability, the QX50’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the V90’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX50 has a 2.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V90 (8.6 vs. 6 inches), allowing the QX50 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The QX50 is 9.6 inches shorter than the V90, making the QX50 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX50 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.

Passenger Space

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The QX50 has 6.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V90 (104.4 vs. 98).

The QX50 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the V90.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX50’s rear seats recline. The V90’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The QX50 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V90 with its rear seat up (31.4 vs. 25.5 cubic feet). The QX50 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V90 with its rear seat folded (65.1 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 38% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The QX50 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the QX50 has standard extendable sun visors. The V90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the QX50 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the QX50 will cost $2055 to $5405 less than the V90 over a five-year period.

The QX50 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX50 will retain 47.09% to 47.54% 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 Infiniti QX50 will be $21231 to $23384 less than for the Volvo V90.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Infiniti QX50, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Infiniti QX50 outsold the Volvo 90 Series by almost five to one during 2019.

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