2021 Volvo S90 vs. 2020 Genesis G90

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S90 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Genesis G90 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the S90 and G90 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S90 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The G90’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo S90 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Genesis doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the G90. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; S90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The S90 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G90 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S90. But it costs extra on the G90.

Both the S90 and the G90 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, 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, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The S90’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the G90’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Engine

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The S90 Recharge’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 383) than the G90 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S90 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the G90:

MPGe

S90

AWD

Electric Motor

58 city/64 hwy

G90

MPG

RWD

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

AWD

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the S90 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the G90:

MPG

S90

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/31 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

G90

RWD

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

AWD

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

The S90 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 21 miles. The G90 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G90 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the S90’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G90 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The S90 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The G90 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo S90 higher (7 out of 10) than the Genesis G90 (3 to 5). This means the S90 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G90 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The S90 stops much shorter than the G90:

S90

G90

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S90’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G90 (255/35R20 vs. 245/45R19).

The S90’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G90’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S90 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The G90’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The S90 T6 Momentum handles at .90 G’s, while the G90 5.0 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The S90 T6 Inscription executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the G90 3.3T AWD (26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Volvo S90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 750 pounds less than the Genesis G90.

The S90 is 4.8 inches shorter than the G90, making the S90 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the S90 easier. The S90’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the G90’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

The S90’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G90 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Towing

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The S90 has a 3700 lbs. towing capacity. The G90 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the S90 the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the S90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The G90 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S90 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The G90 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The S90 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the G90.

The S90 has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The G90 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The S90’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G90 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the S90 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the S90 will cost $1550 to $4320 less than the G90 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo S90 will be $20,000 to $23128 less than for the Genesis G90.

Recommendations

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The S90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The G90 has never been an “All Star.”

The Volvo 90 Series outsold the Genesis G90 by 81% during 2019.

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