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The XC90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The DBX doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC90 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Aston Martin DBX doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Volvo XC90 offers an optional built in child booster seat. It’s more crash worthy than an added child seat because of its direct attachment to the seat. Aston Martin doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the DBX. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.
Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the XC90 deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The XC90’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The DBX’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The XC90 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 DBX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The XC90 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 DBX 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.
The XC90’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 DBX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The XC90 has standard Volvo On Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The DBX doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the XC90 and the DBX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC90 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The DBX has not been tested, yet.
The XC90 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The DBX’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
The XC90’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the DBX’s (12 vs. 10 years).
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Aston Martin doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the DBX.
There are almost 8 times as many Volvo dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC90’s warranty.
The XC90 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 18 miles. The DBX must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the XC90 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The DBX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The XC90 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 DBX doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The XC90’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the DBX’s 40 series front tires.
The XC90’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.7% to 48.3%) than the DBX’s (54% to 46%). This gives the XC90 more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the XC90 w/19” wheels’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the DBX’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet). The XC90 w/22” wheels’ turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the DBX’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).
For greater off-road capability the XC90 w/Air Suspension has a greater minimum ground clearance than the DBX (9.9 vs. 9.3 inches), allowing the XC90 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Volvo XC90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 600 pounds less than the Aston Martin DBX.
The XC90 is 3.4 inches shorter than the DBX, making the XC90 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The XC90 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the DBX can only carry 5.
The XC90 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 DBX doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The XC90 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 DBX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XC90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The DBX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC90 has a standard rear wiper. The DBX doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC90 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The DBX doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC90 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
A manual rear sunshade and rear side window sunshades are optional in the XC90 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The DBX doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.
The XC90 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the DBX.
The XC90 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The DBX doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Volvo XC90, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.
Motor Trend selected the XC90 as their 2016 Sport Utility of the Year. The DBX has never been chosen.
The XC90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2016. The DBX has never been an “All Star.”
A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the XC90 as the 2016 North American Truck of the Year. The DBX has never been chosen.
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