2021 Volvo XC90 vs. Its Competition

2021 Volvo XC90
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Audi Q7, BMW X7, and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class are the big three in this segment, all offering three rows of seating, impressive luxury and tech features, and trademark German quality for a premium over other brands.

The Lexus RX is the most popular option of the bunch, but many are turned off by its bold styling and lack of performance chops.

Its third-row seat is laughably small, too.

Acura has a new MDX waiting in the wings for the 2022 model year, and it’s a knockout, with exceptional styling and a new higher-performance model in the works.

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Quick Specs
7.7
Low-key luxury lies in the 2021 Volvo XC90’s serene cockpit, in its strong acceleration, and in its gray-wool confines.
The 2022 Acura MDX assumes the flagship spot in the Acura lineup with sleek looks and plenty of technology.
7.2
The 2021 Audi Q7 three-row SUV features more standard safety and convenience features, an excellent infotainment system, and a soft, luxurious ride.
7.4
The 2021 BMW X7 doesn’t compromise roominess, comfort, performance, or price.
6.5
The 2021 Lexus RX stays strong in an increasingly crowded class with styling that stands out and powertrains that don’t.
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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class manages to feel worth every dollar the automaker charges for its sublime ride, luxurious interior, and prodigious power.
MSRP From     
$49,000N/A$54,950$74,900$45,070$76,000
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6
EPA Class     
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/A
Style Name     
T5 FWD Momentum 7PN/APremium 45 TFSI quattroxDrive40i Sports Activity VehicleRX 350 FWDGLS 450 4MATIC SUV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveN/AAll WheelAll WheelFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
7N/A7757
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilityN/Aquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility4MATIC
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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