When it comes to luxury midsize SUVs, two models you'll want to put on your wish list are the 2021 Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90. After all, they're both stylish, powerful, and full of impressive features.

Since each vehicle has a lot to offer, our team at Audi Peabody has created this comprehensive Audi Q7 vs. Volvo XC90 comparison. See which SUV comes out on top before scheduling a test drive around Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA, today!

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90: Interior Comfort Features & Dimensions

There's a lot that goes into creating a truly comfortable interior, including the space and standard amenities. While both vehicles seat up to seven passengers, the 2021 Audi Q7 offers more room for them to stretch out within its first and second rows of seating:


Audi Q7

Volvo XC90


(first/second/third row)

39.9/38.8/35.9 inches

38.9/38.5/36.3 inches


(first/second/third row)

41.7/38.8/29.2 inches

40.9/37/31.9 inches

Shoulder room (first/second/third row)

59.5/58.5/49.4 inches

57.7/56.6/46.9 inches


Front- and second-row passengers will find it easier to stretch out and relax on even the longest of commutes thanks to the extra wiggle room this SUV offers.

Even so, both SUVs offer tons of creature comforts, like leather upholstery and multi-zone climate control systems. The leather upholstery adds a refined touch to your cabin, while the multi-zone climate system lets you and your passengers independently set and adjust your preferred temperatures, helping you stay comfortable no matter what the weather outside.

While there are some similar features offered with these models, the Audi Q7 takes comfort a step further by offering standard heated seats. While this is a feature with the Volvo XC90, you'll only get this with an optional upgrade.

Winner: Audi Q7, for offering more overall room for passengers and additional comfort features.

2021 Q7 vs 2021 XC90: Cargo Space

Not only do the 2021 Audi Q7 and the XC90 offer a lot of passenger space, but they also offer tons of space for your belongings. In fact, you'll get up to 70 cubic feet of available cargo room in the Audi Q7 when the second and third rows are folded flat. Plus, it comes with a standard power tailgate with a hands-free release system.

This seemingly small feature makes a big difference when it comes to loading the cargo area when your hands are full. With this feature, you can close the trunk after picking up the bags from your latest grocery haul without having to put anything down.

The Volvo, meanwhile, offers a similar level of cargo space when the second and third rows are folded down thanks to its maximum cargo capacity of 85.7 cubic feet. While it may offer more cargo space, a hands-free option isn't offered with this model.

Winner: Audi Q7. While each model offers generous cargo space, the Q7 comes standard with the convenient hands-free feature.

Q7 vs  XC90: Engine Power Acceleration & Handling

If you're looking for a vehicle with sporty handling and energetic engine options, the 2021 Q7 is for you. For starters, it comes standard with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that packs more punch than the standard 2.0L turbocharged engine of the Volvo XC90.

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90 Standard Engine Specs





248 HP

250 HP


273 lb-ft

258 lb-ft


The extra torque offered by the Audi Q7 gives this SUV the oomph needed to tow heavier items. When properly equipped, the 2021 Q7 can tow up to 4,400 pounds, while the XC90 can only tow up to 4,000 pounds.

When more power is needed, you can upgrade both models to an available engine sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand tall.

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90 Optional Engine Specs





3.0L turbocharged

2.0L turbocharged


335 HP

316 HP


369 lb-ft

295 lb-ft


Not only will the Q7 reach higher speeds faster and do more sustained work, but it also packs the punch for serious towing. When properly equipped, the Q7 can tow up to 7,700 pounds. The XC90, on the other hand, can only tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Winner: Audi Q7, for offering a more dynamic driving experience and a better towing capacity.

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Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90: MPG, Which Goes the Extra Mile?

From commuting to and from work, taking your kids to after-school activities, and running regular errands, you spend a lot of time traveling around town. Both Audi and Volvo know your time is precious, so spending extra time at the pump isn't an option.

To ensure you'll get the most out of your vehicle's fuel efficiency, both the 2021 Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90 work hard to maximize fuel efficiency. So, which of these two vehicles has the fuel efficiency to match your rigorous driving needs? Let's find out!


Audi Q7

Volvo XC90

EPA-estimated MPG

19 city/23 highway MPG*

21 city/30 highway MPG

Fuel Tank Size

22.5 gallons

18.8 gallons


Both the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90 make it possible to travel more than 500 miles on a tank of gas under certain driving conditions. That means, you can easily visit local spots like Lynn Woods and CoCo Key Water Park or travel to other New England states and those that border the Atlantic Ocean farther down the coast.

Winner: Volvo XC90, since you can travel an estimated 50 extra miles thanks to its enhanced fuel efficiency.

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90: Safety

The 2021 Audi Q7 and the 2021 Volvo XC90 offer tons of advanced safety features for your peace of mind. For instance, the Q7 comes standard with driver-assistive technologies, like Audi pre sense® front and Audi pre sense® basic and rear.

The front feature can detect cars when traveling at speeds up to 155 MPH and pedestrians when traveling at speeds up to 52 MPH. It will warn you to apply the brakes and even do so for you if you don't react in time.

Meanwhile, the basic feature can prepare for a possible impact by closing the side windows and sunroof and pre-tensioning the front seat belts.

The XC90 has a feature similar to Audi pre sense® front, but you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to get it. Furthermore, no feature is offered that's similar to Audi pre sense® basic and rear.

Winner: Audi Q7, for providing more standard driver-assistance features.

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90: Technology Features

Having easy access to technology is a must. From connecting with loved ones and staying entertained to accessing turn-by-turn directions to help you get from Point A to Point B, technology is a necessary element when it comes to your SUV.

Thankfully, both the 2021 Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90 come equipped with plenty of advanced technology features that will help you accomplish your travel goals.

For example, both models come standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. These features let you seamlessly connect your smartphone directly to your SUV. From there, utilize the touchscreen display to filter through the songs, podcasts, and other digital features you've saved on your phone.

While this ability is standard on both luxury brands, Audi Q7 drivers are more likely to have an easier time viewing this information thanks to its larger screen size. This SUV comes with a 10.1-inch multimedia touchscreen display, while the Volvo XC90 comes with a 9-inch display.

But a larger touchscreen isn't all the Q7 has to offer. With this SUV, you'll also have additional technology features, like:

  • A second touchscreen display for fine-tuned comfort adjustments
  • Available 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System
  • Audi virtual cockpit with Google Earth™ capabilities

None of these features are offered with the Volvo XC90.

Additionally, the Q7 comes standard with Audi connect® CARE and optional with Audi connect® PRIME and Audi connect® PLUS. Let's take a closer look:

  • Audi connect® CARE: Helps keep you connected to your SUV even when you're apart thanks to features like remote lock and unlock capabilities, car finder, stolen vehicle locator, and more.
  • Audi connect® PRIME: Get from Point A to Point B easily with features like traffic information, parking information, Google Earth™, and basic Wi-Fi.
  • Audi connect® PLUS: Always stay connected with premium features like Amazon Music®, enhanced Wi-Fi plans, and online radio.

While the Volvo XC90 comes with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, the additional features like stolen vehicle locator, Amazon Music®, and Google Earth™ aren't offered with this model.

Winner: Audi Q7, thanks to the extra technology features this model provides.

2021 Audi Q7 vs 2021 Volvo XC90: Reliability

 Audi is known for engineering ultra-reliable automobiles, including the 2021 Q7. This stems from the fact that it comes standard with quattro® all-wheel drive, giving you optimal traction on any type of road surface. Plus, it comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty to keep you covered when needed.

Volvo, on the other hand, has a history of below-average predicted reliability, according to J.D. Power. It does come with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty as well, but the XC90 doesn't come standard in all-wheel drive.

Winner: Q7, for a better history of dependability and providing standard all-wheel drive.

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90: The Verdict

As you can see, in terms of overall power, space, and security, the 2021 Q7 is the clear winner. Therefore, you may be more interested in the 2021 Audi Q7 for your travels around Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, Massachusetts.

To know for sure, you'll want to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself. Just schedule a test drive at Audi Peabody today!


* EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

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