Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Flex VS 2017 Volvo XC90 Near Buford, GA

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2017 Ford Flex

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2017 Volvo XC90

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Flex inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The XC90 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Flex and the XC90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Flex 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Flex’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Flex Limited is faster than the XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Flex has 5.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.6 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Flex uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Flex’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XC90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Flex Limited AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the XC90 T6 AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Flex Limited AWD is quieter than the XC90 T6 AWD:




At idle

37 dB

48 dB


73 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 7.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.4 inches more third row headroom, 1.4 inches more third row legroom and 3.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

The Flex Limited offers an optional rear tailgate seat that can be flipped rearward and used for tailgate picnics. (Do not use seat reversed while vehicle in motion.) The XC90 doesn’t offer a rear tailgate seat.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Flex’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.




Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.2 cubic feet

42 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Flex’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XC90 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Flex’s exterior PIN entry system. The XC90 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Volvo On Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Flex has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Flex, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Flex is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The XC90 is not ranked.

The Ford Flex outsold the Volvo XC90 by 829 units during the 2016 model year.

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