Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Audi Q7 VS 2016 Volvo XC90 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Audi Q7

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2016 Volvo XC90

Safety Comparison

Both the Q7 and the XC90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

The Audi Q7 weighs 798 to 1018 pounds more than the Volvo XC90. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the XC90’s (12/unlimited vs. 10/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 13th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Q7 3.0 TFSI Prestige’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 17 more horsepower (333 vs. 316) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 295) than the XC90’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Q7’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 295) than the XC90’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q7 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the XC90 (19 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

The Q7 has 7.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 (26.4 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:



Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the XC90 (255/55R18 vs. 235/55R19). The Q7 Prestige’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC90 (295/35R21 vs. 275/35R22).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Q7 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q7 has .6 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room and 1.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q7’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.



Behind Third Seat

10.9 cubic feet

2.9 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q7 Prestige’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Q7’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC90’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Q7 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the XC90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Q7 has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The XC90 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q7 has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XC90 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi Q7 won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Volvo XC90 by almost five to one during 2014.

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