2020 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2020 Volvo XC90

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the Range Rover and the XC90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Range Rover has a standard 1600-amp battery. The XC90’s 800-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Range Rover has more powerful engines than the XC90:

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover P360 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

355 HP

365 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P400 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

395 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover P525 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

557 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 4 more horsepower (254 vs. 250) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Range Rover SVAutobiography 5.0 supercharged V8 is faster than the Volvo XC90:

Range Rover

XC90 T6

XC90 T8

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.3 sec

n/a

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.4 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.7 sec

17.3 sec

14.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

7.4 sec

5.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

3.4 sec

n/a

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.3 sec

4.7 sec

n/a

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

94 MPH

98 MPH

Top Speed

136 MPH

132 MPH

132 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover P525 is faster than the XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

Range Rover

XC90

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.4 sec

11.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.3 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

90.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Range Rover Td6’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 31 miles, 72% further than the XC90 T8’s 18 mile range.

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Volvo only offers a regenerative brake system on the XC90 T8.

The Range Rover Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.7 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover P400e Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 5.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.1 vs. 18.5 gallons). The Range Rover’s standard fuel tank has 8.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (27.6 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Gas’ brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:

Range Rover Td6

Range Rover Gas

XC90 T5/T6

XC90 T8

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15 inches

13.6 inches

14.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

12.6 inches

13.4 inches

The Range Rover stops much shorter than the XC90:

Range Rover

XC90

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The Range Rover offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the XC90, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Range Rover V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The XC90 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the XC90, which uses coil springs in front and transverse leafs springs in the rear. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XC90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography handles at .78 G’s, while the XC90 T6 AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XC90 (11.6 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the XC90 w/Air Suspension (11.6 vs. 9.9 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is quieter than the XC90 T6 AWD:

Range Rover

XC90

At idle

43 dB

48 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

62 dB

65 dB

Passenger Space

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Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the tailgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The XC90 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XC90 with its rear seat up (31.8 vs. 12.6 cubic feet). The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC90 with its rear seat folded (68.6 vs. 65.5 cubic feet).

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The XC90 doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

Towing

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The Range Rover’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC90’s (7716 vs. 4000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Range Rover is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A Service Interval Indicator is standard on the Range Rover to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes 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 XC90.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the XC90, the Range Rover offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC90’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Range Rover has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XC90 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Optional air-conditioned front and rear seats keep the Range Rover’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The XC90 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover with a number “5” insurance rate while the XC90 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover is less expensive to operate than the XC90 because it costs $172 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover than the XC90, including $606 less for a water pump, $104 less for a muffler, $73 less for a fuel pump and $985 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover first among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XC90 isn’t in the top three.

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