What Makes the Volvo XC90 Better than These Other Luxury SUVs

Shopping for a new luxury SUV in Barrington, IL can be difficult with so many choices out there. At McGrath Volvo Cars Barrington, we've compiled the most important information so we can provide you a fantastic luxury SUV comparison breakdown. The Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 and Lexus RX350 are excellent competition for the Volvo XC90, so let's see how they hold up.

The Volvo XC90 versus the Audi Q7

  • One of the great things about the XC90 is that you can start its engine remotely via the Volvo On Call app. This means that you can start it up in the winter and get the heat going while you're getting ready for work, and then by the time you get in your car, you don't have to worry about a cold steering wheel. The Audi Q7 doesn't offer this option, so if it's a cold morning, you'll have to endure the cold while you wait for it to warm up.
  • When you're driving at night, headlights give you the visibility you need to see where you're going, but what if you're on a bendy road? In the Audi Q7 you'll have limited visibility as you make those turns, as your headlights will remain pointed straight ahead. In the XC90, however, the headlights will turn with the bend thanks to Active Bending. You'll see more of the bend sooner so you can stay safe and in control.

The Volvo XC90 versus the BMW X5

  • When you sit down in your luxury car, the last thing you want to mess with is a bunch of tangled cables. In the XC90, you can simply lay your phone on the wireless charging pad to keep it charge, but the BMW X5 will require you to pay extra for this same feature or else try to work with cables if you want to keep your phone charged through your drive out of Elgin, IL.
  • Perhaps the biggest reason the Volvo XC90 is the better choice over the X5 is simply the starting MSRP. The X5's starting MSRP is a little more than ten thousand more dollars, and it still require you to spend more to unlock many of the features that are standard on the XC90.

The Volvo XC90 versus the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

  • All new Volvo vehicles, including the XC90, come with free factory-scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Any new-car jitters you run into around Algonquin, IL can be quickly ironed out and dealt with without any extra cost to you. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, on the other hand, comes with no such benefits. You can purchase a similar plan, but then you're not getting the maintenance for free, you're just paying for it early.
  • Every car has cruise control these days, but the Volvo XC90 offers the next generation in assisted driving with Pilot Assist. Those long stretches of highway on I-90 are easy to travel with semi-autonomous driving. The GLE 350 does offer a similar feature, but it's not standard like it is on the XC90.

The Volvo XC90 versus the Lexus RX350

  • If you have a big family, or just a family that likes their personal space, you'll want to pick the XC90 over the RX350. The XC90 has a seating capacity of up to seven passengers, while the RX350 only has five, so if you have three kids, family trips out of Palatine, IL will be packed tight in the RX350.
  • Speaking of family trips, it's inevitable that the rear passengers will want a different temperature than you. The XC90 has four-zone climate control so the driver, passenger and rear passengers can all choose their perfect temperature. The Lexus RX350 doesn't offer nearly as much flexibility, with only three zones of climate control, and that only if you get a more expensive trim.

Great New SUVs in Barrington, IL

The Volvo XC90 is at the top of its game, and even these great luxury cars can't beat it in an SUV comparison. If you're interested in seeing the XC90 up close, schedule a test drive with us at McGrath Volvo Cars Barrington. We're just north of Hoffman Estates!


2021 Volvo XC90 FWD

2021 Audi Q7 AWD

2021 BMW X5 RWD

2021 Mercedes GLE 350 RWD

2021 Lexus RX350 FWD

Base MSRP$49,000$54,950$59,400$54,750$45,070
LED Headlights w/ Active BendingStandardNot AvailableStandardOptionalOptional
Active Safety*StandardWarning OnlyWarning OnlyWarning OnlyWarning Only
Pilot Assist Driver AssistanceStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalStandard
Standard Passenger Seating77555
Dual Rear Zone Climate ControlStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalNot Available
Engine Remote StartStandardNot AvailableOptionalStandardStandard
Inductive Smartphone ChargingStandardOptionalOptionalStandardOptional
Auto-Dimming Exterior MirrorsStandardOptionalDriver Side OnlyDriver Side OnlyOptional
Spare TireStandardNot AvailableOptionalStandardStandard
Available Plug-In HybridYesNoYesNoNo
Warranty Maintenance36 mo./36K036 mo./36K012 mo./10K
Height69.9N/A68.770.767.7
Width79.1 / 84.387.1 / 77.687.3 / 78.984.9 / 76.774.6
Wheelbase117.5TDB117.1117.9109.8
Length195199.3194.3194.3192.5
Headroom
(F/R/3rd Row)
38.9 / 38.5 / 36.339.9 / 38.8 / 35.940.7 / 39.4 / N/A40.5 / 36.9 / N/A39.4 / 39.1
Legroom
(F/R/3rd Row)
40.9 / 37.0 / 31.941.7 / 38.8 / 29.239.8 / 37.440.3 / 40.9 / N/A44.1 / 38.0
Shoulder Room
(F/R/3rd Row)
57.7 / 56.6 / 46.959.5 / 58.5 / 49.460.0 / 58.159.3 / 58.357.8 / 57.6
Curb Weight4,3744,7844,8284,7184,222
MPG (City/Hwy/Combined)21 / 30 / 2519 / 23 / 2121 / 26 / 2319 / 26 / 2220 / 27 / 23
Source: Data is from Autoplanner (October 2020) for all car models shown.
*Lane Departure Warning, BLIS, & Rear Collision Mitigation

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