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Volvo xc90 vs range rover sport
Luxury SUVs used to fall into different niches. Some were more family-focused with seating for seven people and space in the back for buggies, while others were designed to be sporty and have a more aggressive looking exterior.
The first generation Volvo XC90 was like that: big on practicality but soft and safe to drive. All that changed with the current generation car because it manages to feel much less like a heavy truck and more like a tall estate car. It doesn’t even roll all that much for a big SUV in the corners, either. It’s still one of the safest cars on the road, though, and it majors on being a very versatile family vehicle as well.
That couldn’t be said of the first Range Rover Sport because if you wanted more passenger space, you needed to go for a Discovery instead. Today, with the second generation Sport, you can find plenty of used examples for similar money to a brand new Volvo XC90 with a third row in the back because Land Rover needed to tempt more family buyers into a Sport. What’s more, it’ll have a more refined 3.0-litre diesel engine and the added desirability of the Land Rover brand behind it. Of course, the pay-off is the standard pitfalls that come with buying a used car – but should you accept those and take the plunge on an opulent, two-old Range Rover Sport instead of the safe and sensible XC90? Read on to find out.
New Volvo XC90 vs used Range Rover Sport – interior & equipment
One of the major reasons you buy a luxury SUV against a more utilitarian one is because you want a finely crafted interior filled with the softest leathers and plastics. For the most part, there isn’t much to pick between the two. If you like physical buttons, then you’ll prefer the Sport because the majority of the functions inside the XC90 are controlled by the large 9.0in portrait touchscreen.
This is both a blessing and a curse since it gives the dash a very uncluttered look, but means you have to divert your attention to a screen when you want to do something quite straightforward, such as increasing the temperature.
Mind you, the infotainment in the Sport can be difficult to navigate and slow to respond. You won’t have Apple CarPlay, either which might discount the Range Rover from some smartphone addicts lists.
The Volvo in entry-level Momentum spec has adaptive cruise control and LED headlights against the more basic cruise control and xenon headlights that come as standard on a HSE version of the Sport. But the Sport adds a reversing camera on top of the regular parking sensors to assist when reversing, and it also has heated rear seats so your passengers can be warmed, too. Sat nav, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking are fitted to both cars.
New Volvo XC90 vs used Range Rover Sport – space & practicality
This is the ace in the Volvo’s deck of cards because whichever way you slice it, the Range Rover cannot match the spacious interior of the XC90.
For starters, the XC90 can seat seven actual people and still have luggage room behind those rearmost seats. The Sport is hampered by the fact that it is slightly shorter, and barely betters a smaller seven-seat MPV like the Volkswagen Touran for third-row accommodation and boot space.
It’s a similar story in the second-row where the XC90 has acres of leg and head room for people to get comfortable. The roofline of the Sport limits rear head space at the expense of a sportier look on the outside. Neither car is found lacking up front, though, since both cars have plenty of adjustments in both the seats and steering wheel. You’ll find the Sport to be a touch more cocooning, though, with a high centre console and dashboard.
Both these SUVs stand out on their own, and are a far rarer sight on our roads than the German competition. The Sport has the traditional Range Rover look, and presents a sportier take on the iconic silhouette, despite offering a seven-seat option unlike the larger Rangie. The sloping roofline definitely sets it apart from the SUV crowd, since it bends the three-box rule quite a bit. With the wide-set lights at either end, it also makes the Sport look a lot lower and wider than it actually is. Our test car, the mid-spec SE, wore 20-inch wheels, a contrast roof and piano black accents which only serves to enhance its polite aggression. Higher-spec models use ‘pixel LED’ lighting which are even more detailed than the standard LED on our car.
The XC90 T8 on the other hand is pure understated class, and its sharp creases and polished brightwork, make for a very sophisticated, and expensive-looking, SUV. The combination of simple lines, the triple creased-wheelarches, and concave surfaced sides are pretty timeless, in their own right. Next to the Sport, it looks a little plain, despite riding on 21-inch wheels and wafer-thin rubber. The Volvo also appears taller, though the specs suggest otherwise.