2021 Volvo V90 vs. 2020 Buick Regal TourX

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 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 Regal TourX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V90 and Regal TourX have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 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 Regal TourX’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 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. Buick doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Regal TourX. 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 Regal TourX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V90 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 Regal TourX 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the V90’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The V90 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Regal TourX only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

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 Regal TourX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V90 and the Regal TourX 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The V90’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Regal TourX’s (12 vs. 6 years).

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. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Regal TourX.

Reliability

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The battery on the V90 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V90’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Regal TourX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The V90 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 66 more horsepower (316 vs. 250) than the Regal TourX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the V90 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder is faster than the Buick Regal TourX:

V90

Regal TourX

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

91.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the V90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

V90 T5

V90 T6

Regal TourX

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

11.3 inches

The V90’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Regal TourX are solid, not vented.

The V90 stops much shorter than the Regal TourX:

V90

Regal TourX

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V90 has larger tires than the Regal TourX (255/40R19 vs. 235/50R18).

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 Regal TourX’s standard 50 series tires. The V90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Regal TourX’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Regal TourX. The V90 offers optional 20-inch wheels.

The V90 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Regal TourX; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The V90 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Regal TourX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Regal TourX (115.8 inches vs. 111.4 inches).

The V90’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.7% to 46.3%) than the Regal TourX’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the V90 more stable handling and braking.

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .94 G’s, while the Regal TourX Essence pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Regal TourX Essence (26.3 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V90’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Regal TourX’s (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Passenger Space

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The V90 has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Regal TourX.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the V90. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The V90 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Regal TourX has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Regal TourX Essence, the V90 Inscription 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.

The V90 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The V90’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 Regal TourX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the V90 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Regal TourX can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The V90’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 Regal TourX’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Regal TourX 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 V90 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the V90 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Regal TourX Preferred/Essence’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V90’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The V90 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Regal TourX Essence. The V90 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Regal TourX.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the V90 Inscription keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Regal TourX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The V90 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Regal TourX.

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. Only the Regal TourX Essence offers wireless charging and it costs extra.

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 Regal TourX 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 Regal TourX doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

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