New Bern drivers who are looking for style, luxury, and excellent driving dynamics will be impressed by the 2020 Volvo XC90. This roomy vehicle is forward-thinking in every aspect, from its modern design to the latest engine options. However, the 2020 Audi Q7 is a luxury SUV that's a good match to the Volvo XC90 with its innovative technology and ride comfort. So, how do these two vehicles compare?

Design & Comfort: The Volvo XC90 vs. the Audi Q7

In truth, the 2020 Volvo CX90 and the 2020 Audi Q7 are similar in design. However, the Volvo XC90 does have a distinct Scandanavian personality with its sleek headlights and contemporary simplicity. Compared to the Audi Q7, which has more character lines and a sportier angle, the XC90 communicates pure sophistication and modern refinement.

The Volvo XC90's cabin sits more upright than the Audi Q7, allowing for better outside-viewing because of the taller windows. They have about the same amount of headroom and legroom, but the XC90 has more hiproom for passengers because it's a few inches wider. Both can be configured with either two or three rows for seating for up to seven people. The XC90 has more cargo area for bags and groceries behind the second-row at 41.8 cubic feet compared to the Audi Q7's 35.7 cubic feet. So, if you're one who carries a lot of luggage, sports equipment, or other good regularly, then the Volvo XC90 might be the smarter option for you.

Comparison of the 2020 Volvo XC90 & the 2020 Audi Q7 at Volvo Cars New Bern of New Bern | 2020 XC90 parked in a garage
Comparison of the 2020 Volvo XC90 & the 2020 Audi Q7 at Volvo Cars New Bern of New Bern | 2020 XC90 parked under a tree

Performance & Efficiency: The Volvo XC90 vs. the Audi Q7

The 2020 Volvo XC90 base engine is the 250-hp turbocharged T5 engine that provides 25 MPG combined. Compare this to the Audi Q7's base engine, a 248-hp engine that gets 21 MPG combined. They are close, but the XC90 gets slightly more power and better fuel efficiency.

The XC90's next engine up is the 316-hp turbo/supercharged T6 engine that gets 21 MPG combined, while the next-up Q7 engine is a similar 329-hp 3.0L V6 that also gets 21 MPG combined. Since the XC90's second-tier engine is both turbocharged and supercharged, it is far more thrilling to punch into gear than the Q7's V6. So, if you're looking for more excitement and adventure in your life then opt for that extra muscle.

Comparison of the 2020 Volvo XC90 & the 2020 Audi Q7 at Volvo Cars New Bern of New Bern | 2020 XC90 parked on the street
Comparison of the 2020 Volvo XC90 & the 2020 Audi Q7 at Volvo Cars New Bern of New Bern | 2020 XC90 parked inside a garage

For the more sustainably-minded, the 2020 XC90 has a plug-in hybrid option with an electric-only Pure mode for a quiet, zero-emissions ride that can go as long as most daily commutes. It uses a T8 Twin Engine that provides 400 combined-horsepower and 27 MPG combined. The 2020 Audi Q7 has a plug-in hybrid version as well, but unfortunately, it isn't available in the United States. So, if you want an environmentally-friendlier SUV that will save you at the pump, then the 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid is your best bet.

New Bern drivers can expect an overall composed ride in the XC90 thanks to its responsive braking and available adaptive air suspension system that can smooth over the roughest road conditions. The Audi Q7 also has available air suspension for a precise drive, although the Audi transmission isn't as smooth-shifting and efficient as Volvo's Geartronic Automatic transmission with start/stop and adaptive shift technology.

In short, both the 2020 Audi Q7 and the 2020 Volvo XC90 are fine luxury vehicles that are comfortable enough for everyday driving around the New Bern, Jacksonville, & Morehead, or for longer road trips to the mountains. But, the Volvo XC90 tends to pull ahead of the Q7 in spaciousness, comfort, and exciting performance. Plus, the excellent customer service you'll receive from our team at Volvo Cars New Bern will make it that much better!

Comparison of the 2020 Volvo XC90 & the 2020 Audi Q7 at Volvo Cars New Bern of New Bern | 2020 XC90 parked in the city

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