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Both the V90 and E-Class Wagon 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 E-Class Wagon’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. Mercedes doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the E-Class Wagon. 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 E-Class Wagon 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 E-Class Wagon 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 E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
Both the V90 and the E-Class Wagon 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.
The V90’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the E-Class Wagon’s (12 vs. 5 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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the E-Class Wagon.
Regenerative brakes improve the V90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The V90 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 E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The V90 stops much shorter than the E-Class Wagon:
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For better traction, the V90 has larger tires than the E-Class Wagon (255/40R19 vs. 245/45R18). The V90’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Class Wagon (255/40R19 vs. 245/45R18).
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 E-Class Wagon’s standard 45 series tires. The V90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the E-Class Wagon’s optional 40 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the E-Class Wagon. The V90’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the E-Class Wagon.
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 E-Class Wagon; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .94 G’s, while the E 450 4MATIC Wagon pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Volvo V90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 450 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Wagon.
The V90 has 1.2 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more front legroom than the E-Class Wagon.
The V90’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The E-Class Wagon’s parking brake has to released manually.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V90 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the E-Class Wagon only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
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 E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The V90 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the E-Class Wagon. The V90 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the E-Class Wagon.
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 E-Class Wagon.
The V90 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo V90 will be $3560 to $12330 less than for the Mercedes E-Class Wagon.
The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The E-Class has never been an “All Star.”
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