Volvo S80 2010 vs Volvo XC90 2006

Volvo S80
2010 - 2011
Volvo XC90
2006 - 2006
Body: SedanCrossover / SUV
Crossovers and SUVs have better off-road capabilities (higher ground clearance, can have 4x4 drive), they are preferable for driving on unpaved roads and rural areas. Also, the driver's seating position is higher in a crossover or SUVs, which provides better visibility also in city. This usually comes at the cost of higher fuel consumption, increased weight and higher maintenance costs.
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 2.0 Petrol2.5 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming belt
Engine chain usually needs to be replaced less often than the timing belt, but the cost of replacing the chain is usually higher. Chain motors are considered to be more reliable, but noisier and more vibration generating.


Power: 203 HP210 HP
Torque: 300 NM320 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.5 seconds9.9 seconds
Volvo S80 engine produces 7 HP less power than Volvo XC90, whereas torque is 20 NM less than Volvo XC90. Despite less power, Volvo S80 reaches 100 km/h speed 1.4 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 8.411.8
The Volvo S80 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
Volvo S80 consumes 3.4 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Volvo XC90, which means that by driving the Volvo S80 over 15,000 km in a year you can save 510 litres of fuel.
Fuel tank capacity: 70 litres80 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 830 km in combined cycle670 km in combined cycle
1060 km on highway860 km on highway
Volvo S80 gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD)All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
Ground clearance: 148 mm (5.8 inches)218 mm (8.6 inches)
Because of the higher ground clearance, Volvo XC90 can perform better on bad roads - it can go over higher obstacles and bumps. At the same time, the higher ground clearance can reduce stability and handling on paved roads, especially at higher speeds.


Average engine lifespan: 350'000 km420'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Volvo XC90 engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 1 years10 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 3 other car models, including Volvo S60, Volvo XC60, Volvo V60Installed on at least 4 other car models, including Volvo V70, Volvo S80, Volvo S60, Volvo XC70
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Volvo XC90 might be a better choice in this respect.


Length: 4.85 m4.81 m
Width: 1.89 m1.90 m
Height: 1.49 m1.78 m
Volvo S80 is 4 cm longer than the Volvo XC90, width is practically the same , while the height of Volvo S80 is 29 cm lower.
Seats: no data7 seats
Trunk capacity: 480 litres249 litres
Trunk capacity with 7 seats: no data249 litres
Trunk capacity with 5 seats: 480 litres613 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
no data1837 litres
In 5-seat version Volvo XC90 has more luggage space (by 133 litres).
Turning diameter: 11.7 meters12.5 meters
The turning circle of the Volvo S80 is 0.8 metres less than that of the Volvo XC90, which means Volvo S80 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 2`1302`720
Safety: no datano data
Quality: no data
Average price (€): 64009000
Rating in user reviews: 9.8/10 8.9/10
Pros and Cons: Volvo S80 has
  • timing chain engine
  • more dynamic
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • better manoeuvrability
  • higher ratings in user reviews
  • lower price
Volvo XC90 has
  • timing belt engine
  • has 4x4 drive
  • higher ground clearance
  • longer expected engine lifespan
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