Monday, June 16, 2008

Cargo Space: Volvo XC90 vs. Saab 9-7x

I don't know about you, but the Volvo XC90 doesn't look very big. Sure, it'll hold seven passengers and more groceries than my XJ-S. But how does it compare with the rest of the SUVs in its class? I was honestly surprised. According to several reviews, the XC90 is pretty much king of cargo space in vehicles its size.
"…the XC90 can carry more stuff than most of its competitors. With all six passenger seats folded down, it offers 92.3 cubic feet of cargo space, or more than what's available in the Mercedes M-Class (72.4 cubic feet), BMW X5 (54.5), Acura MDX (83.5), Lexus RX 330 (84.7), Cadillac SRX (69.5) and Infiniti FX (64.5). Even with all three rows of seats in place, there's room in the Volvo for two or three stacked duffel bags behind the third row."

Automotive.com
As good as that sounds, I was sure that the Saab 97x had more interior spacing. It is, after all, a truck, right? Again, I was surprised.
"The 9-7X seats five. Third-row seating, a feature becoming more common on vehicles in this class, isn't available. There is plenty of cargo space, though, with 80 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded."

Saab 97X Review

4 comments:

EggsnGrits said...

This is one of my peeves with SUVs. They are supposed to be big on space, but they really aren't. The average minivan CRUSHES the average SUV in cargo space and is much better on gas, too.

As for the Volvo v. the 9-7, I think that you are seeing the difference in good design and great design. The Volvo is much more upright and straight-walled than the more rounded/tapered 9-7x PLUS the Volvo seats likely fold a bit better than the 9-7x. There's your 10 cu. ft.

If you really want "U" in your SUV, you'll get a minivan. Of course, the real reason that most people drive SUVs is because they look cooler than minivans.

Anonymous said...

Is the Volvo really the more "upright" of the two? Consider their profiles:

Volvo:
http://us.autos1.yimg.com/img.autos.yahoo.com/ag/volvo_xc90_v8sport_2008_exterior_4_346x270.jpg

Saab:
http://us.autos1.yimg.com/img.autos.yahoo.com/ag/saab_97x_53i_2008_exterior_4_346x270.jpg

It will be more interesting to see how the XC60 stacks up against the production 9-4x.

EggsnGrits said...

Look at the vehicles from the rear. You'll see what I'm referring to.

Again, combine that with seats that fold out of the way and you've got your 10 cu ft.

Andy Rupert said...

A customer was interested in both a 2006 Saab 9-7x 5.3i ($19,990) and a 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 ($25,990) at Leikin Monday evening. Something that was asked made me wonder what the two would look like together.

Maybe I should take my camera to work tomorrow?