Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class VS 2017 Volvo S90 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2017 Volvo S90

Safety Comparison

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Both the C-Class Sedan and the S90 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 28 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Volvo dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the C-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in initial quality. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 2 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine Comparison

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The C300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the S90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The AMG C43 Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 46 more horsepower (362 vs. 316) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 295) than the S90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG C43 Sedan 3.0 turbo V6 is faster than the S90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

C-Class Sedan

S90

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.2 sec

13.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

101 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the C300 Sedan RWD gets better city fuel mileage than the S90 T5 FWD (24 city/34 hwy vs. 23 city/34 hwy).

The C-Class Sedan has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S90 T5’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The C-Class Sedan has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the S90 T6’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the C-Class Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S90:

 

C-Class Sedan

AMG C43 Sedan

S90 T5

S90 T6

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

11.7 inches

13.6 inches

The C-Class Sedan stops shorter than the S90:

 

C-Class Sedan

S90

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The front and rear suspension of the C-Class Sedan uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S90, 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.

The C-Class Sedan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The C-Class Sedan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The S90 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The C-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The S90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG C43 Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the S90 T6 AWD pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The C300 Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the S90 T6 Inscription AWD (25.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the S90’s (36.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The AMG C43 Sedan’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the S90 19” wheels’ (38.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Mercedes C-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 700 pounds less than the Volvo S90.

The C-Class Sedan is 10.9 inches shorter than the S90, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the C-Class Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The S90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the C-Class Sedan’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The S90 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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