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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 Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
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. Porsche doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Panamera. 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 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 Panamera 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 Panamera doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
To help make backing safer, the V90’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning 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 Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the V90 and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Panamera (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).
There are over 47 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the V90’s warranty.
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 Panamera doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V90 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Porsche Panamera (3 to 5). This means the V90 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Panamera every 15,000 miles.
In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The V90 has a standard Emergency Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.
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 Panamera’s standard 45 series front tires.
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 Panamera; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The Volvo V90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 1200 pounds less than the Porsche Panamera.
The V90 is 4.5 inches shorter than the Panamera Sport Turismo, making the V90 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The V90 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Panamera Sport Turismo with its rear seat up (25.5 vs. 18.3 cubic feet). The V90 has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Panamera Sport Turismo with its rear seat folded (53.9 vs. 49 cubic feet).
A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V90 easier. The V90’s trunk lift-over height is 24 inches, while the Panamera’s liftover is 29.7 inches.
The V90 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Panamera has no towing capacity.
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 Panamera doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
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 Panamera doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V90 has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the Panamera.
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. The Panamera doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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 Panamera doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Insurance will cost less for the V90 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V90 will cost $1580 to $11690 less than the Panamera 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 $30145 to $94978 less than for the Porsche Panamera.
The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Panamera has never been an “All Star.”
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