In this comparative test we tell you how are today undisputed kings of the SUV segment, perhaps with a somewhat excessive approach, but with a host of qualities that make them very desirable models. Of course, enclosing technology is one of its main attractions, but not the only one. Not to forget that it is SUVs current scenario most modern luxury..
Upon entering the Volvo XC90 it is impossible not to notice the large central screen disposed vertically. Almost no buttons on the dashboard, as most functions are included in it. If you like "trastear" on your tablet, you'll go directly to dive menus and submenus even before starting, and you will feel in the living room. The response to the touch operation is excellent, fast and fluid, even when zooming with two fingers on the map browser. There are icons that you can change by dragging place, and everything is organized intuitively. You can configure a large number of elements from different safety and comfort systems, up Single mode driving, going by ambient light 7 Color that if you want, It is synchronized with the interior temperature. elaborate It shows, though in my opinion, has sacrificed functionality design by eliminating many physical buttons, then simply regulate the temperature of the air conditioner it requires much attention and eyes off the road for longer than we would like. Fortunately, the Volvo XC90 is full of active safety assistants that, if "cluelessness", You keep within the lane and if you get too close to an obstacle, warn or slow. And there is always the option of using voice commands, with a range of commands so broad that even lets you control the climate.
He Audi Q7 remains faithful to the rotating command so well has given the brand with the four rings from the beginning, although it has added a touch pad in front whose management does not quite convince. The menus have been reorganized and through them access even more features than the Volvo, which is saying something. The display, meanwhile, is not so great, but is positioned higher and does not require diverting both eyes on the road. Curiously, the Audi Q7 offers more security systems and assistants Swedish rival, including a warning for the passengers in case of attempting to open the door and a vehicle approaching from behind, an assistant to maneuver trailer or aid avoids obstacles increasing the steering angle if the driver has not turned enough. Not forget that You can have four-wheel steering, something that makes you completely forget its dimensions when maneuvering circular city, where it operates as a utility except when find a gap large enough to park.
Engines Volvo XC90 D5 AWD and Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
With regard to mechanical, Audi cylinder 6, against 4 Volvo, are more noticeable refined, with a more pleasant sound and almost total absence of vibrations, even cold. It also has greater capacity and It is faster, but consumes more. And that has sophisticated efficient assistant that tells you when to stop accelerating to reach the right speed to the next signal limitation, roundabout or closed curve without touching the brake, maximizing the accumulated inertia. Also active cruise control benefits from this kind of "electronic horizon", Which you can adapt the pace predictively. It looks like magic, like The mode "Intelligent deadlock"Which takes into account the traffic to decide the right time to engage or disengage the transmission. Beside the function "inertia" of the volvo XC90 not so comfortable. So is the assistant jams present in both operating sharper in the volvo when stopping the car.
Once launched, the Volvo XC90 connects you more with the road. It not particularly stands out for its comfort suspension, but is lighter than the Audi Q7 and should make a very dynamic driving on twisty, more satisfactory by frame (not by hand, or by motor), as brakes better and their reactions are more direct and immediate. He Audi Q7, meanwhile, it specializes in achieving unparalleled comfort, at least with the optional air suspension that equipped our unit (we have not tested the Volvo XC90). That does not mean it lacks agility or precision, but do not forget your weight if you stir up the pace in excess, 2.3 tons on our scale. In any case, both far outweigh the dynamism you would expect from a vehicle of similar size and familiar approach.
Interiors Volvo XC90 D5 AWD and Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
On the inside, habitability slight differences are not determinative. The Volvo XC90 offers more trunk and longitudinal space in the 3rd row of seats, but less width in all seats. More striking are finished, which must be accorded to Audi Q7 greater care even in areas that are not within the reach of sight, in addition to electric drive for the two seats of the 3rd row and for cubremaletero tray, so it is much easier to modulate its interior. This is undoubtedly what will never exceed conventional luxury sedans, however much they end up adopting the same technology that have released these two behemoths.