2021 volvo s90

When it comes to premium midsize luxury sedans, the 2021 Volvo S90 and 2021 Audi A6 are two of most trusted and popular models in the industry. The careful attention to detail and precise craftsmanship used to build each vehicle is evident from every angle—and the result is two strikingly handsome sedans that are the envy of other drivers on the road. When pitted against one another head-to-head, which sedan provides the highest level of performance and interior refinement—the one with the Swedish roots or German heritage?

2021 Volvo S90 vs. Audi A6 Performance

While neither car would be characterized as a true sport sedan, both competitors deliver an inspiring level of performance. The base engine in the 2021 Audi A6 is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 243 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Certainly adequate, but its performance capabilities trail the base powertrain in the Volvo by a considerable margin.

In the S90, drivers will be enthralled by the 2.0L twincharged four-cylinder that utilizes both a turbocharger and supercharger to maximize the powertrain’s performance capabilities. Rated at 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the S90 is genuinely quick and entertaining to drive.

The Audi A6’s other available powertrain is a turbocharged 3.0L V6 that delivers 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The additional low-rpm torque from the larger displacement V6 engine doesn’t go unnoticed, and the A6 will certainly have no trouble overtaking other cars on the Interstate.

However, the S90 T8 once again edges out the A6 with its available upgraded hybrid powertrain that pairs the twincharged 2.0L four-cylinder with an 87-horsepower electric motor. With 400 combined horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, the S90 T8 directs its power to all four wheels and delivers neck-snapping acceleration.

2021 Volvo S90 vs. 2021 Audi A6 Interior and Technology

You can’t compare two premium midsize luxury sedans without thoroughly analyzing the interior—as that’s the bread and butter of the segment. The A6 certainly impresses with its modern layout, premium materials, and Audi MMI touch response screens. The infotainment system comprises the upper screen, while the climate control and seat functions are controlled through the lower screen. Ambient LED lighting with 30 available colors softly highlight the Audi’s elegant interior design, while an available 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system delivers excellent bass and clarity.

While the Audi A6 no doubt offers an interior that is sure to impress your passengers, the Volvo’s cabin is even more elegant in terms of overall design. Slide behind the wheel, and you’ll sink into the most comfortable seats in the industry—especially in R-Design trim with Charcoal Nubuck and Nappa Leather upholstery, metal mesh inlays, and thicker bolstering.

The S90’s standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is visually striking and capable of displaying navigation directions between the speedometer and tachometer. There are also four reconfigurable themes—Glass, Minimalistic, Performance, and Chrome Rings—each featuring exclusive details and a unique layout. The Audi A6 also features a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit that performs many of the same functions, but it doesn’t come standard on all trims like it does on the Volvo.

As good as the Bang & Olufsen system sounds in the A6, the S90’s available Bowers & Wilkens premium sound delivers twice the wattage (705 vs. 1400) and three additional speakers (16 vs. 19). Dial up the bass and treble, and you’ll experience live concert-quality sound that is sure to excite any audiophile.

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