2021 Volvo V90 vs. 2020 Audi A7

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Safety

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The Volvo V90 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. Audi doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the A7. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The A7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V90’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 A7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V90 and the A7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A7.

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 V90’s reliability 23 points higher than the A7.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 31st in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 32nd.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V90, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A7.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V90 T6’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A7:

V90 T6

A7

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

The V90 stops shorter than the A7:

V90

A7

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V90 has larger tires than the A7 (255/40R19 vs. 245/45R19).

The V90’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A7’s standard 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .94 G’s, while the A7 Prestige pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Volvo V90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Audi A7.

Passenger Space

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The V90 has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A7 (98 vs. 95).

The V90 has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear headroom than the A7.

Ergonomics

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The V90 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A7 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V90 has a standard rear wiper. The A7 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo V90 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the A7.

The V90’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 A7 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The V90 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the V90 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V90 will cost $125 to $3535 less than the A7 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo V90 will be $16980 to $17284 less than for the Audi A7.

Recommendations

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The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The A7 has never been an “All Star.”

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