2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe vs. 2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country

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Safety

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Cayenne Coupe 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 V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Cayenne Coupe and the V90 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 18 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 Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 96 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Volvo is ranked 24th.

Engine

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The Cayenne Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 19 more horsepower (335 vs. 316) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 295) than the V90 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder. The Cayenne S Coupe’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 118 more horsepower (434 vs. 316) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 295) than the V90 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder. The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 139 more horsepower (455 vs. 316) and 221 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 295) than the V90 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 225 more horsepower (541 vs. 316) and 273 lbs.-ft. more torque (568 vs. 295) than the V90 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 354 more horsepower (670 vs. 316) and 368 lbs.-ft. more torque (663 vs. 295) than the V90 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the V90 Cross Country (45 city/37 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The V90 Cross Country must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 Cross Country (19.8 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Cayenne Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 7.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 Cross Country (23.7 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

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The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 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 Cross Country doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cayenne Coupe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V90 Cross Country:

Cayenne

Cayenne S

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne opt.

V90 Cross Country

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15.4 inches

16.3 inches

17.3 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

14.4 inches

16.1 inches

12.6 inches

The Cayenne Coupe offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne Coupe Turbo has standard air brakes, which adjust the spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cayenne Coupe has larger standard tires than the V90 Cross Country (F:275/45R20 & R:305/40R20 vs. 235/50R19). The Cayenne Coupe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V90 Cross Country (F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. 245/45R20).

The Cayenne Coupe’s standard 275/45R20 front and 305/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V90 Cross Country’s standard 50 series tires. The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 285/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the V90 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne Coupe has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the V90 Cross Country. The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the V90 Cross Country.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cayenne Coupe offers 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 V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Cayenne Coupe uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V90 Cross Country, 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.

The Cayenne Coupe offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Volvo doesn’t offer an active suspension on the V90 Cross Country.

The Cayenne Coupe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cayenne Coupe is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the V90 Cross Country.

For greater off-road capability the Cayenne Coupe Air Suspension has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V90 Cross Country (9.6 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Cayenne Coupe to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cayenne Coupe’s rear seats recline. The V90 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cayenne Coupe has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V90 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (54.3 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Cayenne Coupe’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the V90 Cross Country’s (7700 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Cayenne Coupe is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V90 Cross Country. 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 Porsche service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 53% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the V90 Cross Country, the Cayenne Coupe offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Cayenne Coupe’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 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Cayenne Coupe’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 Cross Country does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Porsche Cayenne outsold the Volvo 90 Series by almost five to one during 2019.

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