2016 Volvo XC90 vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class: Design Information
The all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 launches the nearly 90-year-old Swedish brand’s latest design direction. Notable exterior features include “Thor’s Hammer” T-shaped daytime running lights and strong rear shoulders, courtesy of Volvo’s ubiquitous taillight design. While the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is certainly a handsome vehicle, it lacks the modern Scandinavian style and muscular proportions of the 2016 Volvo XC90.
Inside, Volvo’s Swedish tastes carry on. A simple and elegant design is highlighted by a large touchscreen interface that controls all important functions like the XC90’s standard navigation system, HVAC controls and stereo controls. Traditional gauges are shown digitally via a large cluster-mounted display. Just like its exterior, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class sports a nice looking interior with rich materials; however, its overabundance of buttons and monotone look simply fall behind the design of the 2016 Volvo XC90’s modern cabin.
2016 Volvo XC90 vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class: Performance Information
The 2016 Volvo XC90 comes with two powerful four-cylinder engine options. Both supercharged and turbocharged, the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 pushes 316 horsepower to all four of the XC90’s wheels for as little as $48,900 (MSRP). Compare that to the 240 horsepower 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC – the least expensive GL-Class at $63,600 (MSRP). Fuel economy between the two vehicles is similar, with the 2016 XC90 T6 registering EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 20 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, and the diesel 2015 GL350 BlueTEC earning EPA figures of 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.
Want more power? Then step up to the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid. With a combined 400 horsepower, the gasoline-electric XC90 T8’s price of $68,100 makes it comparable to the similarly-priced 362 horsepower 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL450 4MATIC. While Volvo has yet to release official fuel economy figures for the 2016 XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid, we’re certain it will beat out the GL450 4MATIC’s EPA-rated figures of 17 MPG city and 21 MPG highway and will likely offer better fuel economy than even the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6. Plus, as a plug-in hybrid, the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 will be able to travel short distances on electric power alone.
2016 Volvo XC90 vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class: Safety Features
As two of the top leaders and pioneers in safety, both Volvo and Mercedes-Benz have created vehicles that are great at protecting passengers from injury in an accident. Nevertheless, the 2016 Volvo XC90 continues to bring vehicle safety to a higher stratosphere by incorporating two all-new safety technologies: run-off road protection and auto brake at intersection capability.
The former system will tighten the front seat belts to ensure maximum safety should your 2016 XC90 determine it has run off of the road, while the latter system will automatically apply the brakes on the 2016 XC90 should the driver turn in front of an oncoming car. This automatic braking system is part of Volvo’s City Safety automatic braking functionality that comes standard on the 2016 Volvo XC90, and can automatically bring the XC90 to a halt should it detect an imminent collision with a pedestrian or cyclist, as well. Of course, the 2016 Volvo XC90 also comes equipped with a plethora of airbags to protect passengers in the event of a collision.
With five Volvo retail stores, AutoNation offers Volvo customers a large number of new and pre-owned Volvos for sale. Contact an AutoNation Volvo retail store near you to learn more about the technologically advanced, seven-passenger 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover utility vehicle. We’re confident that no matter the 2016 Volvo XC90 model and trim you choose, you’ll appreciate the luxury and attention to detail that Volvo has placed in its all-new mid-size crossover utility vehicle.