The Volvo XC90 and Co: Which Vehicle Is the Best to Go Off-road?
April 15 2018, Volvo Laval
Off-road vehicles are a dime a dozen, and customers can easily get lost among the myriad of brands and models that boast about the same strengths. Let’s compare the Volvo XC90 with two of its competitors from the luxury full-size SUV’s segment, the Audi Q7 and the Land Rover Discovery. Even if these models are all excellent vehicles, which one really deserves your hard-earned money? Let’s find out.
The Functionality of the Design
These vehicles are presented to customers as full-size SUVs made for off-road driving, so we will judge them on this specific aspect. The Land Rover Discovery was considered for a long time as the most polyvalent family car of its segment, but its size, its weight and its price make it more of a costly option than anything else. As for the Audi Q7, the German manufacturer seems to have try to compromise so much that it ended up building a car unremarkable in all circumstances: this SUVs lacks the sturdiness required to face steep trails but is also too big to be a practical alternative in an urban setting. And now there is the Volvo XC90, the best full-size SUV of Volvo Laval, your Volvo car dealership on the North Shore. Its compact transversal engine allows it to maximize the room available in the cabin without giving the vehicle the excessive dimensions of the Discovery. Its robust build also makes it a SUV you’ll feel comfortable to drive on a mountain. In terms of functional design, the Volvo XC90 is a better alternative than other vehicles from the same segment.
Numbers versus Real Performance
On paper, the 4-cylinder engine and the 235 horsepower of the XC90 look unimpressive compared to the Discovery and Q7’s 6-cylinder, which produce 258 and 268 horsepower respectively. However, the Land Rover superior power isn’t enough to offset its additional weight. The Audi Q7 offers more power than the XC90 for roughly the same weight, but then again, what is it worth if the German SUV is clearly not solid enough to drive off-road on a regular basis? Plus, the Volvo XC90 provides a superior maneuverability, thanks to its well-thought dimensions, and its air suspension makes the most bumpy roads and steeps almost pleasant to drive on.
In a segment as competitive as the full-size SUVs’, it can be hard to categorically determine which one is the best in which given circumstance based on only one factor. It’s more reasonable to compare the overall functionality and performance of several similar cars in real life scenarios instead of arguing about specs sheets. That’s why we encourage you to go at once to Volvo Laval: if you drive off-road with your family or friends on a regular basis, the Volvo XC90 is your best option.