Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Volvo XC90 VS 2014 Land Rover Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Volvo XC90

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2014 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear 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 Land Rover Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear 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. Land Rover doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Range Rover Sport. 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.

Both the XC90 and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the XC90 as a “Top Pick” for 2014. The Range Rover Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The XC90’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (10 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Sport.

There are almost 2 times as many Volvo dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC90’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 18th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 21st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 24th in reliability. With 71 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volvo XC90 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the XC90’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (40 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XC90’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Sport.


Range Rover Sport

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


27.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

62.2 cubic feet

The XC90’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Sport’s in almost every dimension:


Range Rover Sport

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






The XC90’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Range Rover Sport’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The XC90’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Range Rover Sport’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the XC90 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XC90 will cost $3470 to $4310 less than the Range Rover Sport over a five-year period.

The XC90 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the XC90 will retain 53.62% to 53.68% of its original price after five years, while the Range Rover Sport only retains 45.9% to 51.43%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo XC90 will be $21421 to $38354 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

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