New V90 against new T-Model

Cool Scandinavians and schaffige Württemberg have more in common than you think. Of the comparison test between the new Volvo V90 (2016) and the Mercedes E-Class Estate explains the details.

At the presentation of the Volvo V90 (2016) also did not give the Swedes emphasized self-confident and are not afraid of comparisons, of course, with German competitors such as the Mercedes E-Class station wagon. Volvo development chief Peter Mertens generally has no problem with superlatives: The dynamic German with past as Mercedes developers says among other things that Volvo "the safest cars" build, the chassis of the new Volvo V90 (2016) "the competitive environment front" was and Volvo Seats "the most beautiful and best" would. And when it comes to Volvo's decision to offer only four-cylinder engines, Mertens also does not mince his words. The strategy of mostly German premium rivals to keep still a colorful bouquet of three to twelve cylinders in the program is, "complete anachronism", Especially with Mercedes likely to be somewhat piqued by this territorial claim. Finally, the Swabians lay claim to "the safest car"And the team of - no joke - Swedish Mercedes-sales director Ola Källenius maintains the proud brand mantra "The best or nothing", Nice that such tussles can still be solved in the good old way: From the ring with Volvo V90 and Mercedes E-Class station wagon.

Volvo V90 in the video:

Trunk is not a strength of the Volvo V90 (2016)

And there first falls at once - that the Volvo V90 stands out! He has become a handsome, individual, nice car, a face in the crowd. The Mercedes E-Class station wagon you have to look even more closely to distinguish the E of the C-Class. Schick is available from October E-class estate anyway, and this is mainly due to the sporty elegance to the rear more sloping roofline. The nibbling course on load volume, which is reduced from the legendary 1950 liters of the predecessor to a still respectable 1,820 liters. As a consolation: The Bavarian competition can not keep still. And the gorgeous elegant Volvo V90 is weakening at a high level with 560 to 1526 liters of luggage capacity he has to sorting behind the Germans. In addition, the Mercedes E-Class station wagon has a significantly higher payload than the driven by us Volvo V90 D5 AWD with its 473 kg. And thanks to leveling on the rear axle, the Model T is not in the knees even when utilizing the maximum payload of 745 kg. Up to 2,100 kg (Volvo: 2200 kg) can take on the hook and thereby carry a maximum of seven people in the station wagon: A third, fold-down bench seat for children is only available with Mercedes.

E-Class station wagon scores with assistance Armada

Right into the full the Mercedes E-Class station wagon (2016) then go with an entire armada of assistance systems: From Drive pilot who can follow on all types of roads the vehicle ahead to a speed of 210 km / h to the remote park -Pilot with which the e-class - externally controlled via smartphone app - runs independently in garages and parking spaces after the passengers have been conveniently dropped out, the Swabians raise the bar to dizzying heights. The Volvo V90 holds the IntelliSafe mentioned package of ultra-modern assistance and safety systems, however. A cross-traffic crash avoidance by car-to-car communication or pre-safe Sound - an artificial sound that is designed to prepare before the milliseconds later followed in the Un-case bang the eardrums of the E-class passengers - has but Volvo still not available. As I said: The stakes are insanely high. The cockpit of the big station wagons could meanwhile not be more different: while both still deliver by sovereign workmanship, good ergonomics and an excellent space a neck-and-neck race, the approach to the absolute in this class hot topic Infotainment is extremely contradictory. In the standard equipment of the Schwabe rolls before with normal hand-circular instruments, the Volvo is standard already equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster that is sporty to Scandinavian-minimal set in different display topics. The optional Sensus infotainment system of the Volvo V90 is a large portrait touch-screen display that is with some acclimatization quite good to use with their smart wipe and pinch-to-zoom effects. In contrast, the Schwaben prefer a classic rotary-push control with their optional Comand infotainment system. Intuitive operation, high reliability and large deflection depth of functionality make the system as well as the right gleam imposing wide screens.

Volvo V90 exclusively with four-cylinder

Looking at the range of engines are available for the Mercedes E-Class station wagon just the most important variations at the start: E 200 (184 hp) E 250 (211 hp), the V6 in the E 400 4Matic (333 hp) and sports version AMG e 43 4Matic (401 hp). The up to the introduction of more than 600 hp Mercedes-AMG E 63 strongest drive is to speed up the E 43 in 4.7 seconds to 100 km / h. The diesel versions: E 200 d (150 hp), E 220 d (194 HP) and the V6 diesel E 350 d (258 hp). In the middle of E are 200 d and the E 220 d do with 4.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, both representatives of the all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder Series OM 654. The current base model costs 48,665 euros. That the Volvo V90 however, is only on four-cylinder, may be timely and pragmatic, is probably also the scarce development budget, which the Swedes against the Swabians available. Nevertheless, Volvo's development chief Peter Mertens has at least four reasons to be proud of the courageous and smart decision: two four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 254 or 320 horsepower, two technically closely related four-cylinder turbo diesel with 190 or 235 hp. For D5 AWD Mertens indicates an EU consumption of 4.9 liters, with the more powerful versions are only available with all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is always standard.

After a first ride on the 235-hp Volvo V90 D5 AWD (from 57,500 euros), the AUTOZEITUNG could lift only the thumb in any case: Extremely confident the two-liter turbo diesel balanced the 1.8-ton Scandinavians forward. And when it comes to running or noise comfort, hardly a Volvo customer will call depending on a six-cylinder. The eight-speed automatic transmission assists to with creamy precision, only in sport mode, the matter is a little too hectic. This engine has so much Bums that you never actually need the turned-out passages and long held grades. The same applies to the sport mode of the optional adaptive chassis: Right agile despite a pleasing razor sharp steering and excellent all-wheel traction the big Swede is not cornering the high weight is always felt. But even if the landing gear could still roll a little bit better on bad roads, the Volvo V90 convinced as a modern long-distance and everyday touring on amount of time with great space and pleasant style. A really clever made Volvo.

Facts about Mercedes E-Class in the video:

Technical specificationsVolvo V90
Mercedes E-Class
T-model E 220 d
Cylinders / Valves p.Z.R4 / 4R4 / 4
capacity1969 cc1950 cc
173 kW / 235 hp
4000 / min
143 kW / 194 hp
3800 / min
Max. Torque
480 Nm
1750 - 2250 / min
400 Nm
1600 - 2800 / min
driveFour wheel drive,
rear wheel
L / W / H in mm4936/1879/14754933/1852/1480
Luggage Storage560 - 1526 l670 - 1820 l
0-100 km / h7.2 s7.7 s
Top speed.235 km / h235 km / h
EU consumption4.9 L D / 100 km4.2 L D / 100 km
price57,500 €50,485 €

Our conclusion

Both the Mercedes E-Class Estate and the Volvo V90 are very modern, very successful station wagon. The E-Class Estate is a full Mercedes, versatile and elegant. but the immensely characterful Volvo V90 should still attract a few Schwaben to Sweden: a cool look and luxurious understatement with dry Glamor certainly have their appeal.