2021 Volvo S90 vs. 2020 Jaguar XE

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Safety

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The S90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S90 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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. Jaguar doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the XE. 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 XE 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 XE.

Both the S90 and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S90 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 184 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The S90’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XE’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 60 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the S90’s warranty.

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 S90’s reliability 23 points higher than the XE.

Engine

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The S90 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 69 more horsepower (316 vs. 247) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 269) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The S90 T6’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 20 more horsepower (316 vs. 296) than the XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The S90 Recharge’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 104 more horsepower (400 vs. 296) and 177 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 295) than the XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the S90 T6 is faster than the XE 25t:

S90

XE

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.3 sec

10.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.5 sec

17 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.9 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S90 Recharge running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the XE 25t AWD (58 city/64 hwy MPGe vs. 24 city/34 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S90 Recharge running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the XE 25t AWD (28 city/31 hwy vs. 24 city/34 hwy).

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

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 XE doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The S90’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the XE are solid, not vented.

The S90 stops much shorter than the XE:

S90

XE

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S90 has larger standard tires than the XE (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The S90’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (255/35R20 vs. 235/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S90’s wheelbase is 8.9 inches longer than on the XE (120.5 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the S90 is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XE.

The S90 T6 Inscription handles at .88 G’s, while the XE pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the S90 a Mid-size car, while the XE is rated a Compact.

The S90 has 11 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (102 vs. 91).

The S90 has .8 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 5.4 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S90’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XE doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the XE, the S90 Inscription/T8 has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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 XE can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The S90’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The XE’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The S90 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 XE doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the S90’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the XE’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The S90 Inscription has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The XE doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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 XE.

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 XE doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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

The Volvo 90 Series outsold the Jaguar XE by 14% during 2019.

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