2018 Volvo XC90 vs. Its Competition

2018 Volvo XC90
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2018 Volvo XC90 has its luxury bona fides in place.

Many shoppers may start with luxury brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz and find themselves scratching their heads as to why their big crossovers cost so much.

The Volvo XC90 has interior space and functionality like the Q7, drivability like the X5, and good looks like the GLE.

Each offers a slightly different take than the other, but the XC90 goes toe-to-toe with them all.

The Acura MDX and Mazda CX-9 are outliers, but valid.

The MDX is brutally efficient and comfortable, albeit slightly boring.

And the Mazda CX-9 is a solid pick if budgets won’t permit for a full-size luxury crossovers, although it’s not as comfortable or advanced.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2018 Volvo XC90 is the crossover success that brought new buyers into the brand. Its mix of good looks and excellent tech make it a major player now.
7.3
The 2018 Acura MDX should be atop many lists for luxury buyers looking for spacious family crossovers. Others may do bits and pieces better, but the MDX offers a complete—and well-considered package.
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The 2018 Audi Q7 delivers exactly what luxury buyers want: room for the whole family and some of the most advanced technology ever fitted to a new car.
7.2
The 2018 BMW X5 remains a thoughtful crossover SUV for families, although enthusiasts may be left wanting unless the right options are selected.
6.7
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 meets or exceeds expectations for what a mainstream three-row crossover can be. Have you seen it?
7.5
Performance, plug-in, or pedestrian: there’s a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE for almost every luxury-SUV buyer.
MSRP From     
$46,900$44,200$49,900$57,200$32,130$52,200
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
T5 FWD 7-Passenger MomentumFWD2.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive35i Sports Activity VehicleSport FWDGLE 350 SUV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777575
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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