Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q7 VS 2018 Volvo XC90 Near Washington, NC

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2018 Audi Q7

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2018 Audi Q7

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2018 Volvo XC90

Safety Comparison

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q7 offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The XC90 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q7. But it costs extra on the XC90.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The XC90 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q7’s reliability 69 points higher than the XC90.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 26th in initial quality. With 19 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 Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Volvo is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Q7 3.0T is faster than the XC90 T6:




Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9 sec

11.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.7 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.2 MPH

90.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q7 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XC90 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q7 has 9.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q7 has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (22.5 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Q7 stops much shorter than the XC90:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the XC90 (255/55R19 vs. 235/55R19). The Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC90 (285/45R20 vs. 275/45R20).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XC90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

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.

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the XC90 T6 AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XC90 T6 AWD (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Q7 Prestige is quieter than the XC90 T6 AWD:




At idle

43 dB

48 dB


70 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

65 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q7 has .8 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear shoulder room and 2.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

Ergonomics Comparison

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.

The Q7 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XC90 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Consumer Reports® chose the Audi Q7 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo XC90 isn't recommended.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its March 2016 issue and the Audi Q7 Prestige won out over the Volvo XC90 T6 AWD.

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