2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 Buick Envision

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 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 Buick Envision doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Envision doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Envision doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 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 Envision 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Envision doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Envision doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The V60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Envision’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Envision.

Reliability

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The battery on the V60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Envision’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 53 more horsepower (250 vs. 197) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 163 more horsepower (415 vs. 252) and 199 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 295) than the Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Envision:

MPGe

V60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

Envision

MPG

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.21

22 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Envision:

MPG

V60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

Envision

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.21

22 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Envision must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the V60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Envision doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The V60 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 Envision doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Envision:

V60 T5

V60 T8

Envision

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Envision are solid, not vented.

The V60 stops shorter than the Envision:

V60

Envision

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V60 has larger tires than the Envision (235/45R18 vs. 225/60R18).

The V60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Envision’s standard 60 series tires. The V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 offers an available set of manually adjustable shock absorbers. They allow the driver the manually set the shock absorbers to a stiff setting for amateur competitions and return them to lower levels for a comfortable ride on normal streets. This allows the driver to choose between a comfortable ride or excellent handling during competitions. The Envision’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The V60 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Envision (113.1 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The V60 Inscription AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Envision Premium pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V60 Inscription AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Envision Premium (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

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The V60 is 10.6 inches shorter in height than the Envision, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The V60 has 1.4 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear hip room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the V60. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The V60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The V60’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the V60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The V60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Envision 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 V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Envision doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the V60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights. The V60 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The V60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Envision.

Economic Advantages

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The V60 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the V60 will retain 37.51% to 39.2% of its original price after five years, while the Envision only retains 32.33% to 37.32%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the Envision because it costs $55 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the Envision, including $64 less for a muffler, $66 less for front brake pads, $546 less for front struts, $206 less for a timing belt/chain and $519 less for a power steering pump.

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